by Chris Duthie | March 01, 2016

Local Update
 The Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board has redesigned its website, which offers information and tools to effectively navigate and target the city's meeting and event amenities. Accessible by mobile devices, the website presents constantly updated content such as details on new and refreshed hotels, group dining, green meetings, airport options and interactive mapping. From the site, planners can contact L.A. Tourism sales staff directly.
 The stylish and intimate Hotel Covell opened in February 2015 in Central L.A.'s hilly Los Feliz neighborhood. Located above Bar Covell, the independent "sip and stay" boutique property has five suites themed after the life of worldly sophisticate George Covell, the hotel's own fictional creation, plus a 1,500-square-foot rooftop reception venue that can host up to 75 guests.

 August will mark the debut of the 25,000-square-foot UCLA Meyer & Renee Luskin Conference Center on the UCLA campus. The facility will offer three main conference wings with space to accommodate 750, 750 and 600 attendees, respectively, plus an outdoor patio and 25 meeting rooms.

 The Aloft El Segundo is scheduled to open two miles south of Los Angeles International Airport with 246 rooms, a snack bar, a cocktail bar, a pool, a fitness center and approximately 1,000 square feet of indoor meeting space. The dog-friendly hotel is L.A.'s first under Starwood Hotels & Resorts' boutique lifestyle brand.

 A new 94-room Hampton Inn & Suites is set to debut on Brand Boulevard in Glendale, near the Los Angeles Zoo and Universal Studios. The five-story hotel will offer an outdoor pool and a fitness room.