Tourism officials are predicting a 5% increase in visitors to Southern California next year, due partly to a surge in travel from abroad.
"The falling dollar has appreciably helped us with the foreign market," said James W. Hurst, executive vice president of the Greater Los Angeles Visitors & Convention Bureau. "You're going to see an awful lot of people trying to spend lire and francs and pounds here and trying to read a menu."
A 40% increase in foreign visitors is expected nationwide next year, and Los Angeles is expected to attract a fourth of them, Emmett C. McGaughey, newly elected president of the bureau, told the agency's recent annual meeting.
In 1986, Los Angeles attracted 48.8 million visitors, who spent an estimated $12.3 billion, said McGaughey, chairman of Dailey International Group. "Next year our goal is to up that by 5%. . . . It's doable."