POSTED: January 11th 2017

Olympics: LA 2024 boosted by 2016 record-breaking tourism numbers

LA Mayor, Eric Garcetti, said the city is closing in on their target of 50 million visitors by 2020 © SFC
LA Mayor, Eric Garcetti, said the city is closing in on their target of 50 million visitors by 2020 © SFC

January 2nd Universal Studios reached its capacity of 40,000 visitors and had to temporarily manage access © SFC
January 2nd Universal Studios reached its capacity of 40,000 visitors and had to temporarily manage access © SFC

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) and LAURA WALDEN in LA / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The year of 2016 proved to be another stellar year for the city of Los Angeles as Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that the city broke all-time records for travelers at LAX, cargo volume shipped through the Port of Los Angeles, and tourism. The city's economy continued to surge in 2016 and looks to keep going into 2017.

In 2016, the city's world-class sports events, diverse cultural attractions, mountain trails, and beaches drew 47.3 million visitors, which is an increase of about four percent from 2015. Mayor Garcetti spoke about how the city is approaching his goal of welcoming 50 million visitors by 2020.

Thank you theme parks

Ironically, Universal Studios featuring the "Wizarding World of Harry Potter" was constricted to temporarily close the front gate on visitors on Monday, January 2nd as the park hit its peak limit of 40,000 visitors. Reaching capacity on the day after New Year is just one more affirmation how the city is breaking its benchmarks yet keeping within control.

Carpe Diem

"This is L.A.'s moment. Los Angeles is welcoming more visitors to our city and passengers through our airport than ever before, our nation-leading Port is making L.A. an even more critical trade gateway to the world, and we are experiencing the kind of job growth that we haven't seen in a generation...We're working hard to keep up the momentum, by going after and landing one-of-a-kind attractions like the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. And here's the best part: there's, even more, opportunity on the horizon and an even bigger role for L.A. to play on the world stage," expressed Mayor Garcetti.

Mayor Garcetti was joined by Councilmember Paul Krekorian during the press conference who is chair of the Budget and Finance, and Job Creation committees. 

Councilmember Krekorian commented, "Los Angeles continues to establish itself as one of the most desirable destinations in the world for tourists and business people alike.

"Whether it's the sunny beaches and scenic landscape, our diverse communities and cuisines, our rapidly growing technology sector or the lure of movie magic as the global entertainment capital, Los Angeles has something to offer everyone who visits. 

"We're making tremendous investments into LA's future to ensure it grows into an even greater metropolis that is transit and business friendly, on the cutting edge of innovation and an unparalleled hub of diversity."

LA 2024 boost

Olympic Bid Committee leaders warmly welcomed the news of a sixth consecutive record-breaking year of LA tourism. This only further showcases the city's ability to deliver a truly unique and memorable Games experience for everyone.

LA 2024 Chairman, Casey Wasserman stated, "The continued increase in LA's already impressive tourism numbers reinforces our belief that the City of Angels would serve as the perfect stage for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. From our wealth of new cultural attractions and restaurants to our abundance of world-class sporting venues and breath-taking natural beauty, LA has it all. 

"LA 2024 is eager to show off the New LA to the world, and put our city's best at the service of the Olympic Movement to create the best possible Games experience for all stakeholders."

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog

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