Thanks in part to the entertainment industry, Los Angeles has always been a popular travel destination. Efforts to expand and diversify the city's offerings beyond Hollywood, however, have made Los Angeles even more attractive to domestic and international visitors, according to local tourism officials, who are celebrating blockbuster tourism results released today by the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board
According to L.A. Tourism -- which published the figures as part of National Travel & Tourism Week
-- Los Angeles in 2017 hosted a record 48.5 million visitors who collectively spent a record $22.7 billion in the city. Those dollars generated $34.9 billion in total economic impact -- another record -- and supported 523,800 jobs in Los Angeles County.
"We're breaking tourism records year after year, because Los Angeles has always been a place that welcomes the world," said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. "This National Travel and Tourism Week, I'm proud to celebrate our thriving tourism industry as an economic engine that drives L.A. forward. And with upcoming attractions like the Lucas Museum and the 2028 Olympic Games, our incredible story is just beginning."
Of the 48.5 million people who visited Los Angeles last year, 41.2 million were domestic travelers and 7.3 million international, according to L.A. Tourism, which said total and international visitation were up 2.6 percent and 3.2 percent, respectively, in 2017 compared to 2016.
"As we move closer to our goal of 50 million visitors by 2020, tourism has undeniably become an impactful economic driver for Los Angeles underscored by seven straight years of unparalleled growth," said L.A. Tourism President and CEO Ernest Wooden Jr. "We are committed to ensuring that our city continues to deliver a transformative experience and thank our hospitality partners for their ongoing investments that make Los Angeles one of premier tourist destinations in the world."
The hotel industry should be especially pleased by the city's tourism performance, according to L.A. Tourism: Hotels in Los Angeles County, it said, set new records for both room nights sold and average daily rate (ADR), which were 29.4 million and $175.98, respectively, in 2017.
"Tourism in Los Angeles continues to thrive. A shining light for our local economy, the industry supports half-a-million jobs while producing significant revenue for vital public services and sparking investments in local infrastructure," said Councilman Joe Buscaino, chairman of L.A. City Council's Trade, Travel, and Tourism Committee. "Angelenos should be incredibly proud our city continues to be a desired destination for millions of travelers from around the globe."