Great news for the Los Angeles County, the county set a record for drawing in tourists, which is the seventh straight year it has happened. The county hosted 48.3 million visitors in 2017, which was a 2.2 percent increase from the 47.3 million tourists in 2016. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the new record during a news conference at Los Angeles International Airport earlier this month. According to the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board, the visitor increase was fueled by a 6.3 percent increase in tourists from South Korea, a six percent increase in tourists from China, and a 5.5 percent increase in tourists from Canada.
According to data from the National Travel and Tourism Office, the overall international visitation to the U.S. dropped four percent in the first six months of 2017. However, Los Angeles was a rare exception to the drop in international visitation. Mayor Garcetti and Ernest Wooden, chief executive of the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board, believe the increase in visitors was due to a campaign launched last year called “Everyone is Welcome.” Hopefully, the Los Angeles County is able to break another tourism record next year and continues to welcome international visitors, which is good for the local economy.