Los Angeles Sets New Tourism Record, Announces 45.5 Million Visitors in 2015

Tourism Industry Grows for Fifth Consecutive Year, China Becomes
L.A.’s Number Two International Market

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Los Angeles Tourism & Convention
Board (L.A. Tourism) President & CEO Ernest Wooden Jr. today announced
Los Angeles welcomed a record 45.5 million visitors in 2015, an increase
of 2.8% over 2014 levels, breaking visitation records for the fifth
consecutive year.

New tourism records were set for both domestic and international
visitation surpassing mid-year forecasts. Total domestic visitation
reached 38.8 million, a 2.8% increase over 2014, and 6.7 million
international visitors made Los Angeles their ultimate destination, a
3.3% 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.”

China was the most dynamic market driving international visitation with
a year-over-year growth of 13.6%, officially becoming L.A.’s number two
international market, behind Mexico, with 779,000 visitors. South Korea
also grew by double digits, an increase of 11% totaling more than
282,000 visitors.

“We want to recognize 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 traveled 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 $158.35, a 7.4% increase over
2014. In the calendar year 2015, it is estimated that hotel visitors
generated at least $223 million in transient-occupancy tax collections
for the City of Los Angeles.

About Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board
Los Angeles
Tourism & Convention Board is a private, non-profit business association
whose primary mission is to market and promote Los Angeles as the
premier site for leisure travel, meetings and conventions as the City’s
official tourism marketing organization. For more information, visit the
official visitor information website of Los Angeles at discoverLosAngeles.com,
join the more than one million people who follow L.A. Tourism’s Facebook
page at facebook.com/LosAngelesFan,
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Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board
Jamie Foley
President, Global Communications
Manager, Corporate Communications