Los Angeles' major export might be its lineup of silver-screen movies and star-studded celebrities, yet America's second-largest city regularly sets the bar as a major destination for conducting any-size meetings and conventions. Boasting an idyllic year-round climate, transformative public transit, a beachcombing coastline, big-league attractions and so much more, L.A. has a lot to offer.
Last year, Los Angeles hosted 50 million domestic and international visitors -- a 3.1-percent increase over 2017 -- marking the city's eighth consecutive year of tourism growth. Tourism officials attribute the growth to several factors, including an increase in international seat capacity at Los Angeles International Airport, the addition of nearly 2,000 new hotel rooms, a growing reputation as a hot culinary and cultural destination, and the success of L.A. Tourism's global campaign that amplified the city's "Everyone is Welcome" initiative.
A slew of new developments and property renovations can be found across the country's second-largest city, but perhaps most impressive is the dramatic rate of growth seen downtown. That should be of particular interest to planners, given the proximity of the neighborhood to the Los Angeles Convention Center and L.A. Live.
New & Coming Soon to Los Angeles
• A two-year, $2.5 billion renovation is transforming Hollywood's iconic Century Plaza. When it opens in the summer of 2020, the rebranded Fairmont Century Plaza will offer 394 rooms and suites, 63 condominiums and, shortly thereafter, two 46-story towers with 290 private residences. Perks include a variety of restaurants and bars, retail, a two-acre garden, a 14,000-square-foot spa with fitness club and rooftop swimming, and 23,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 1,500-seat ballroom, 13,000 square feet of prefunction space and a 120-foot LED digital media wall designed by San Francisco's Obscura Digital.
• Mexico City-based Grupo Habita has purchased a 109-year-old brick industrial warehouse in the Arts District and is building a modern 66-room boutique hotel complemented by a restaurant and retail space, plus a rooftop pool, lounge and garden. It's slated to open later in 2019.
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