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July 24, 1992 | GORDON DILLOW, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
With foreign visitors apparently staying away from post-riot Los Angeles in droves, at least one South Bay community has come up with a novel approach to lure potentially fearful tourists to its hotels and shopping malls. The slogan for the effort could go like this: "Torrance! It's nowhere near L.A.!" That is not, of course, the city of Torrance's actual marketing slogan. (The city's actual slogans are "Destination Torrance," and "Torrance: Halfway to Everywhere!"
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March 21, 2014 | By Yifan Zhu
As Chinese tourists spill from their tour bus into the Beverly Center, Charlie Gu hands each one a sleek black envelope. Inside: a Chinese-language map of the mall and a special discount card. Gu, the center's Mandarin-speaking Chinese specialist, asks shoppers about what they're looking for and circles relevant stores on the map. "L.K. Bennett is a favorite of Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge," he advises one. "You should definitely take a look. " The personal touch is more than just the usual attempt to cozy up to well-heeled shoppers.
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BUSINESS
May 1, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
Mark Liberman, the president and chief executive officer of the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board, announced Tuesday that he plans to retire after nine years with the agency. Liberman, 65, has headed the tourism board since June 2003. Before that, he worked for United Air Lines for more than 34 years, most recently as vice president for the western region of North America. Liberman is expected to stay on through the end of the year or until the 35-member board of directors appoints a replacement.
BUSINESS
February 24, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
Volleyball players, firefighters and female engineers are among the Los Angeles visitors who are expected to make 2014 a big year for the city's convention center. The Los Angeles Convention Center reported it has already booked 29 conventions for 2014, surpassing the 22 conventions that held at the facility in 2013. The events include 11 gatherings that are new to L.A. "Los Angeles is hot right now," said Ernest Wooden Jr., president and chief executive of the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board.
BUSINESS
May 24, 2013 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
Minutes after arriving by bus at an outlet mall in Cabazon, a dozen or so Chinese tourists hustled out to buy luggage that they planned to stuff with high-end clothes, shoes and bags. But not Guoshing Cui, a Samsung supervisor from Guangzhou. He made a beeline for the Coach store, where he picked out three expensive handbags. He paid more than $800 from a wad of $100 bills. The bags were gifts for family and friends in China, where Coach goods sell for two to three times the price in the U.S. "It's a smart move," he said of his purchases.
BUSINESS
February 14, 2013 | by Walter Hamilton
The Special Olympics will have a significant economic benefit for Los Angeles, according to a study released Thursday. The games being held in the summer of 2015 will generate at least $415 million in economic activity for the county, according to the study by a research firm working for the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board. The games are expected to draw more than 7,000 athletes and 500,000 spectators to the Los Angeles area, according to the Special Olympics website.
BUSINESS
April 2, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
At least the folks in charge of promoting tourism for Los Angeles won't get any more calls asking for tattoo estimates. It was only 10 years ago that the city's tourism panel changed its name from the Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau to "L.A. Inc. " Now the bureau is changing its name again, this time to the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board. “Our previous name, L.A. Inc., did not reference the industry that we serve, nor did it clearly delineate our Los Angeles geography to our growing number of international visitors,”  said Mark Liberman, president and chief executive of the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board.
BUSINESS
February 24, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
Volleyball players, firefighters and female engineers are among the Los Angeles visitors who are expected to make 2014 a big year for the city's convention center. The Los Angeles Convention Center reported it has already booked 29 conventions for 2014, surpassing the 22 conventions that held at the facility in 2013. The events include 11 gatherings that are new to L.A. "Los Angeles is hot right now," said Ernest Wooden Jr., president and chief executive of the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board.
BUSINESS
January 22, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Big Drop in Tourism Predicted: Economists at Chapman University predicted a major drop in tourism that could cost Los Angeles and Orange counties as much as $4.6 billion this year. "We had been expecting 5% increases in tourism spending in each county for 1994, but that was before Monday's earthquake," said Esmael Adibi, director of the Orange-based private university's Center for Economic Research.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 1991
Mayor Tom Bradley will leave on a two-week trip to four Asian countries today to promote Los Angeles tourism. The trip, Bradley's 17th overseas sojourn since January, 1987, is being funded by the city Department of Airports, the Port of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau. Bradley said the Rodney G. King beating and the Persian Gulf War have contributed to decreased tourism and business travel to Los Angeles, and the trip is essential to draw visitors back to the city.
BUSINESS
November 1, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
Hotels around Los Angeles International Airport are rapidly selling out as stranded travelers look for shelter following a fatal shooting at the airport. Tourism officials said the Sheraton, Marriott, Hilton, Westin and Four Point hotels near LAX have sold out, with the Radisson filling up quickly. So far, it doesn't look like too many travelers are taking the other alternative: renting a car and driving out of Los Angeles. Bob Barton, president of the American Car Rental Assn., said he had not heard of a great demand for rental cars out of Los Angeles.
BUSINESS
September 8, 2013 | By Hugo Martín
Los Angeles is the second-most-populous city in the nation but falls far down the list of most popular U.S. destinations for business meetings. The latest ranking of top meeting destinations puts Los Angeles at No. 17, far behind smaller California cities such as San Diego and San Francisco, according to Cvent Inc., one of the nation's largest convention management and technology firms. The top meeting destination for 2013 was Orlando, Fla., followed by Chicago, Las Vegas, Atlanta and San Diego, according to Cvent, which ranked the cities based on room nights reserved, available meeting venues and other criteria.
BUSINESS
September 8, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
Los Angeles is the second-most-populous city in the nation but falls far down the list of most popular U.S.   destinations for business meetings. The latest ranking of top meeting destinations puts L.A. at No. 17, far behind smaller California cities such as San Diego and San Francisco, according to Cvent, one of the nation's largest convention management and technology firms. The top meeting destination for 2013 was Orlando, Fla., followed by Chicago, Las Vegas, Atlanta and San Diego, according to Cvent, which ranked the cities based on room nights reserved, available meeting venues and other criteria.
BUSINESS
June 16, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
With the economy on the rebound, Americans once again are cracking open their pocketbooks to take family vacations and other leisure trips. But corporate managers in charge of spending for business conferences and conventions remain tightfisted. That is one conclusion from a study of bookings at nearly 4,000 hotels by TravelClick, a New York company that provides booking software and business data for major hotel chains. QUIZ: What can't you take onboard a jetliner? Hotel bookings for leisure travelers in North America for the next 12 months are up 4.6%, while bookings for individual business travelers are up 7% compared with the previous period, according to TravelClick.
BUSINESS
May 24, 2013 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
Minutes after arriving by bus at an outlet mall in Cabazon, a dozen or so Chinese tourists hustled out to buy luggage that they planned to stuff with high-end clothes, shoes and bags. But not Guoshing Cui, a Samsung supervisor from Guangzhou. He made a beeline for the Coach store, where he picked out three expensive handbags. He paid more than $800 from a wad of $100 bills. The bags were gifts for family and friends in China, where Coach goods sell for two to three times the price in the U.S. "It's a smart move," he said of his purchases.
BUSINESS
March 12, 2013 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
A bright spot in the local economy - tourism - continues to generate big numbers for Los Angeles County's hotels, restaurants and other hospitality businesses. Tourists spent $16.4 billion in 2012, most of it on lodging, food and drinks, according to a study commissioned by the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board. By comparison, the group said, tourists spent $15.4 billion in 2011. Tourism last year also generated more than $2 billion in state and local taxes, according to the study by Los Angeles economics research firm Micronomics.
BUSINESS
April 9, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
Tourism is already a booming industry in Los Angeles and should be even bigger in two weeks. The city is gearing up to host one of the nation's largest trade shows for the travel industry, a gathering at the Los Angeles Convention Center April 21-25 that is expected to generate at least $10 million in spending. The trade show, known as the 2012 International Pow Wow, is not open to the public, but city tourism leaders say the show gives them an opportunity to promote Los Angeles to more than 1,500 travel business operators throughout the world who deal in travel packages.
BUSINESS
March 12, 2013 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
A bright spot in the local economy - tourism - continues to generate big numbers for Los Angeles County's hotels, restaurants and other hospitality businesses. Tourists spent $16.4 billion in 2012, most of it on lodging, food and drinks, according to a study commissioned by the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board. By comparison, the group said, tourists spent $15.4 billion in 2011. Tourism last year also generated more than $2 billion in state and local taxes, according to the study by Los Angeles economics research firm Micronomics.
BUSINESS
March 11, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
A bright spot in the local economy -- tourism -- continues to generate big numbers for the region's beleaguered businesses. Tourists spent $16.4 billion in 2012, most of it on hotels and restaurants, according to a study commissioned by the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board. By comparison, the agency said, tourists spent $15.4 billion in 2011. Tourism last year also generated more than $2 billion in state and local taxes, the study said. The study, completed by Micronomics, an economics research and consulting firm from Los Angeles, also concluded that tourism helped support nearly 230,000 jobs last year.
BUSINESS
February 14, 2013 | by Walter Hamilton
The Special Olympics will have a significant economic benefit for Los Angeles, according to a study released Thursday. The games being held in the summer of 2015 will generate at least $415 million in economic activity for the county, according to the study by a research firm working for the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board. The games are expected to draw more than 7,000 athletes and 500,000 spectators to the Los Angeles area, according to the Special Olympics website.
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