Los Angeles sets new tourism record with 45.5 million visitors in 2015

Published on : Friday, January 15, 2016

Los AngelesLos Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board (L.A. Tourism) President & CEO Ernest Wooden Jr. have announced Los Angeles welcomed a record 45.5 million visitors in 2015, an increase of 2.8 per cent on 2014 levels, breaking visitation records for the fifth consecutive year.



Australia remains L.A.’s number two overseas market with 424,000 visitors in 2015, an increase of 5.7 per cent, a figure well surpassing the mid-year forecasted increase of 4.9 per cent. These figures demonstrate the continued growth in demand for L.A. as a destination for both business and leisure travellers.



Total domestic visitation reached 38.8 million, a 2.8 per cent increase over 2014, and 6.7 million international visitors made Los Angeles their ultimate destination, a 3.3 per cent increase over the previous year.



“Los Angeles is a place where the world comes together for cultural experiences and celebrated attractions that cannot be found anywhere else,” said Mayor Garcetti. “Our city keeps setting records in the tourism sector because we are investing billions at our airport, in mass transit, and other assets that are making L.A. more exciting and accessible than ever. The sky’s the limit.”



“We want to recognise and congratulate our hospitality community for their passion and dedication which has allowed us to celebrate our fifth consecutive year of record-breaking visitation. It’s these individuals and businesses that make Los Angeles such a dynamic destination that 45.5 million people travelled to experience it in 2015,” said Ernest Wooden Jr., president & CEO of the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board. “These figures help propel us to our goal of welcoming 50 million visitors by 2020.”



Tourism is among the largest and healthiest contributors to the Los Angeles economy, supporting more than 464,000 jobs in the Leisure & Hospitality sector. A record 28.5 million hotel room nights were sold countywide with ADR reaching a new high of USD$158.35, a 7.4 per cent increase over 2014. In the calendar year 2015, it is estimated that hotel visitors generated at least USD$223 million in transient-occupancy tax collections for the City of Los Angeles.

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