Industry NewsLos Angeles Hotels Post Record Year in 2012

Los Angeles Hotels Post Record Year in 2012

LOS ANGELES—Los Angeles welcomed a record 41.4 million visitors in 2012, a 2.5 percent increase over the previous record-high 40.4 million visitors in 2011 according to the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board (LA Tourism). Total domestic visitation accounted for 35.3 million visitors, a 2.7 percent increase over 2011; total international visitation set a record with six million visitors, a 1.2 percent increase over 2011, with China becoming the destination’s top overseas market for the first-time ever.

In addition, direct visitor spending, hotel occupancy and hotel room nights sold set all-time record highs. Visitors to the city spent an estimated $16.5 billion, a more than $1 billion increase over the $15.4 billion spent in 2011. Hotel occupancy set a record at 75.4 percent, surpassing the previous 2006 record of 75.1 percent; and the city sold a record 26.64 million hotel room nights generating $180 million in tax revenue for the city.

“Los Angeles has enjoyed two remarkable back-to-back tourism years that reflect our investments in our airport, our commitment to renovate our convention center, and our business friendly policies that help hotels and restaurants open and succeed,” said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. “When the LA tourism industry thrives, Los Angeles thrives. The tourism industry supports one in 10 jobs in LA and the revenues that come from its success go directly to the city services Angelenos rely on.”

Early tourism forecasts estimate the destination will welcome 41.9 million visitors in 2013.