Los Angeles sets visitor records again

first_imgLos Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was joined today by other elected City, airport and local tourism officials to announce a fourth consecutive year of record-breaking tourism for the City and record-breaking passenger levels at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).In 2014, 43.4 million visitors made Los Angeles their ultimate destination, while an estimated 70.7 million passengers traveled through LAX in 2014.The announcements were made at LAX’s New Tom Bradley International Terminal, where four additional aircraft gates recently became operational, for a total of 12 new gates.The mayor reported that in addition to last year’s record set for visitation – an increase of 1.2 million visitors over 2013 levels – tourism records also were set for the highest level of international visitors at 6.5 million which is an estimated record-breaking hotel occupancy rate of 79 percent.Mayor Garcetti also reported that LAX’s record 70.7 million passengers last year was approximately six percent higher than the 66.7 million passengers in 2013.“The continuing, record-breaking growth and strength of tourism in Los Angeles is a shining light for our economy, creating good-paying jobs for our families, benefiting local businesses, and generating significant revenue for the city that goes toward the public services our city needs,” Mayor Garcetti said.Mayor Garcetti attributed the record-breaking levels to new attractions, growth in the International marketplace – particularly China, revitalized neighborhoods including Hollywood and Downtown Los Angeles.Also growing recognition of L.A. as a hot culinary and cultural destination, and LAX’s current multi-billion-dollar modernization program to improve international and domestic terminals, airfield, utilities plant, roadways, and other facilities is believed to have played a part in the increase.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more