Los Angeles welcomed 47.3 million visitors in 2016, surpassing mid-year forecasts and breaking visitation records for the sixth consecutive year. The new record is 1.7 million visitors higher than 2015’s total, an increase of 3.8% from the previous year.New tourism records were set for overall domestic and international visitation. Total domestic visitation reached 40.2 million, a 3.8% increase over 2015, and 7.1 million international visitors made Los Angeles their ultimate destination, a 3.5% increase over the previous year.
In 2016, Los Angeles also became the first ever U.S. city destination to welcome more than 1 million visitors from China, the destination’s number two international market behind Mexico. India was L.A.’s second-fastest growing international market, an increase of 10.2%. L.A. Tourism established official representation in this market in 2016 as well as the Gulf/Middle East, an important connection point for visiting Indian travelers.
From left to right: Deborah Flint, CEO of Los Angeles World Airports; Ernest Wooden Jr., President & CEO of L.A. Tourism; Councilman Paul Krekorian, District 2; Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti; Ron Meyer, Vice Chairman of NBCUniversal; Karen Irwin, President and COO of Universal Studios Hollywood; and Gene Seroka, Executive Director of Port of Los Angeles