Published on : Thursday, January 12, 2017
In 2016, Los Angeles had a record number of visitors. However, many had apprehensions that such hordes of tourists could cause trouble for some neighbourhoods. To quote LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, “This is L.A.’s moment. Los Angeles is welcoming more visitors to our city and passengers through our airport than ever before, our nation-leading port is making L.A. an even more critical trade gateway to the world, and we are experiencing the kind of job growth that we haven’t seen in a generation.” He added, “We’re working hard to keep up the momentum, by going after and landing one-of-a-kind attractions like the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. And here’s the best part: There’s even more opportunity on the horizon, and an even bigger role for L.A. to play on the world stage.”
However, not everyone is happy with this increased tourism numbers. To quote Councilman David Ryu, “Our city must do more to protect neighborhoods that are negatively affected by our increasing tourism numbers,” said Ryu, whose district includes the tourist attractions like the Hollywood Sign and Griffith Observatory. “Los Angeles is an iconic city and is an increasingly attractive destination for many tourists. However, while we benefit from increased jobs and revenue we also need to use that revenue to create smart strategies to safeguard negatively impacted communities and to create better experiences for tourists.”
LA became the first U.S. city to have more than 1 million Chinese visitors, second only to Mexico. LA had 47.3 million visitors in 2016, which was an increase of nearly 4% over 2015. Councilman Paul Krekorian said that LA with its sunny beaches and scenic landscapes offers something for every visitor. It is one of the most desirable destinations in the world. This increase in tourist numbers have created thousands of jobs and had a positive impact on the region’s economy.
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