Sunny LA welcomes record number of tourists last year


LOS ANGELES, California – New tourism records were set for both domestic and international visitation surpassing mid-year forecasts in Los Angeles, California. Tourism is among the largest and healthiest contributors to the Los Angeles economy, supporting more than 464,000 jobs in the Leisure & Hospitality sector.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board (LA 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.

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.

China was the most dynamic market driving international visitation with a year-over-year growth of 13.6%, officially becoming LA’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.

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.