According to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board President & CEO Ernest Wooden Jr., Los Angeles had a record 47.3 million visitors in 2016.
This is the sixth consecutive year they have broken visitation records. The new record is 1.7 million visitors higher than 2015’s total—an increase of 3.8 percent from the previous year.
"Tourism is booming in Los Angeles, and it's helping to drive our whole city's economy forward," says Mayor Garcetti. "My goal is to welcome 50 million tourists to our city by 2020, and new attractions like the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will have even more people from around the world lining up to come to L.A."
Domestic visitation reached 40.2 million, a 3.8 percent increase from 2015 and 7.1 million international visitors, up 3.5 percent from last year. Los Angeles became the first U.S. destination to have more than 1 million tourists from China. China makes up 75 percent of Los Angeles’ international growth. India was Los Angeles’ second-fastest growing international market; it increased at 10.2 percent from last year.
Los Angeles County’s average occupancy rate for 2016 reached 81.3 percent and a record 29.2 million hotel room nights were sold countywide. Tourism is the largest contributor to the Los Angeles economy and supports an average of more than 500,000 jobs in the leisure sector last year.
“Global desire for the Los Angeles experience is at an all-time high, a fact largely attributable to our city’s celebration of diversity and creativity, from which thriving culinary, cultural and lifestyle scenes have emerged,” says Wooden. “Fantastic new hotels are opening their doors with frequency, chefs are exploring innovative creative territories, noteworthy cultural institutions are choosing to call L.A. home and people want to be a part of the L.A. lifestyle.”