Record 50 million visitors to LA in 2018

The ambitious target has been hit two years early, says the Los Angeles Tourism Convention Board.

The Los Angeles Tourism Convention Board has revealed a new record of 50 million visitors for 2018 - some 1.5 million visitors higher than 2017, representing a 3.1% increase.

UK visitors to Los Angeles also increased by 3%, reaching an all-time high in inbound international travel with 382,000 Brits visiting.

Mayor Eric Garcetti said: "Surpassing 50 million annual visitors two years ahead of schedule is the latest milestone in our ongoing work to bring Los Angeles to the world, and the world to Los Angeles."

There were an estimated 42.5 million domestic visitors (3% increase) and 7.5 million international visitors (3.6% increase).

The growth has been helped by a 3.6% increase in international seat capacity at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX); nearly 2,000 new rooms added to the destination’s hotel inventory and LA’s growing reputation as a hot culinary and cultural destination.

The business supported 547,000 jobs in the Leisure & Hospitality sector, one of the largest in L.A. County.

Just over a year ago, Paul Moynihan, director of wefindvenues, wrote about his adventures in the City of Angels with C&IT A-Listers on a FAM trip to the city.

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