From City News Service
LOS ANGELES — A record 44.2 million visitors came to Los Angeles in 2014 and spent about $19.6 billion, the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board announced last week.
The number of visitors to the city was a 4.8 percent jump over 2013, according to the board. A record 6.5 million of the visitors to the city were international travelers, a 5.6 percent increase over the previous year.
Visitor spending of $19.6 billion represented a 6.8 percent jump from the previous year, with officials estimating a $30.2 billion in total economic impact of tourism. International visitors accounted for nearly one-third of visitor spending.
“A shining star of our local economy, the tourism industry continues to thrive, supporting good-paying jobs for our families and generating significant revenue for our city’s vital public services,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said.
According to the board, hotel occupancy and hotel room nights both set record highs last year.
The local tourism industry also accounted for one of every nine workers in Los Angeles County, supporting 464,600 jobs, according to the board. Tourism contributed to the creation of 25,300 jobs in 2014, making tourism the county’s top job-growth sector.
Meanwhile, statewide tourism agency Visit California announced that California tourism also reached record highs last year, with 251 million people traveling to the state and spending $117.5 billion.
Tourism spending supported more than 1 million jobs and generated $9.3 billion in state and local tax revenue last year, according to Visit California.