On behalf of the Tourism Marketing District, I joined L.A. Tourism President & CEO Ernest Wooden Jr. and LACTD Executive Director Doane Liu earlier this month to underscore the power of tourism in front of the L.A. City Council during National Travel & Tourism Week.
In 2017, L.A.’s record-setting 48.5 million visitors directly spent an all time-high $22.7 billion into the local economy, generating a record $34.9 billion in economic impact. A key economic driver, travelers generated a record $283.9 million in transient occupancy tax collections for the City of L.A., a critical revenue source used to fund local street repair and cultural services. More importantly, tourism is supporting more Leisure & Hospitality jobs than ever before, employing more than 523,000 Angelenos and their families.
I hope to see everyone at our upcoming TMD Regional Hotel Meetings on June 18 & 19. Remember, this is your Tourism Marketing District and your ideas and feedback are truly vital to the various programming and initiatives used to promote L.A. TMD hotels across the globe.