Tourism sees bright times in LA

Published on : Friday, January 12, 2018

Tourism in LAIn 2017, Los Angeles’ economy continued to grow, experiencing a record-breaking year in tourism, airport travel and port cargo.

 
Mayor Eric Garcetti said, “We are powering Los Angeles’ economy to new heights every year, because we know that lasting prosperity means investing boldly in jobs, opportunity, and growth. The expansion of our travel and tourism sector, and the success of our port, tell the story of a city whose moment has arrived — and we will continue pushing forward as we expand our role on the world stage, and prepare to welcome the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2028.”

 
According to the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board, 48.3 million tourists visited L.A. in 2017, marking an increase of more than 2 percent over 2016 and the seventh consecutive year of record-breaking results. Garcetti has set a goal of receiving 50 million visitors a year by 2020.

 
The Port of Los Angeles also broke its own record, going past the 9.3 million Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units in 2017, the most ever by a port in the Western Hemisphere.

 
“These latest numbers from the Port, LAX and LA Tourism show that Los Angeles is the premier gateway for worldwide trade and the hottest destination for travelers,” said Buscaino, who chairs the Trade, Travel and Tourism Committee. “In the years to come, those numbers will only continue to improve with the investment of billions of dollars into LAX, Metro and numerous cultural, sports and entertainment venues, including the Lucas Museum, LAFC stadium and the L.A. waterfront.”

 
The record numbers also occurred as LAX began working in 2017 on a $14 billion modernization project.

 
“Los Angeles World Airports is excited to continue to embrace and amplify the message that `Everyone is Welcome to Los Angeles,’ and our multibillion-dollar investment in LAX modernization is a testament to our focus on creating a gold-standard airport worthy of our international city and visitors,” said Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners President Sean Burton.

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