Los Angeles enjoyed a great year of tourism in 2102,with 2.5 per cent more visitors than in 2011. Around 41.4 million people took to the City of Angels last year to enjoy its many attractions.
According to the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board the increase is good news for the city’s $16.5 billion tourism industry and is helping to support the 372,000 jobs tourism creates in Los Angeles County. Associate economist for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp, Kimberly Ritter-Martinez, said that, “Los Angeles County's leisure and hospitality industry is one of the few that has regained all of the jobs and surpassed those positions lost in the recession... It's gotten a lot more healthy."
Hotel occupancy in LA hit record highs at 75.4 per cent in 2012 beating the previous record of 75.1 per cent in 2006. Tourism experts attribute the surge in tourism to a number of reasons such as an increase in high-spending international visitors and big investments in hotels, theatres and other tourist attractions. Chief executive of the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board, Mark Liberman, said, "I think there is a real buzz about Los Angeles, especially internationally."
International tourists make up 15 per cent of all visitors to Los Angeles, with China generating the largest number, with 339,000 visitors last year. It is estimated that they spend an average of $2,932 when visiting California, roughly 60 per cent more than visitors from other international countries.
The biggest attractions in Los Angeles include Disneyland, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Venice Beach and shopping on Rodeo Drive.
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