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L.A. Attracts Record Visitors

Last year was a record-setter for L.A. tourism, breaking previous records for the number of visitors, visitor spending, hotel occupancy and number of rooms sold in the county, the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board announced Tuesday. The board had previously announced estimated figures for the year. New, final number show the number of visitors to the county hit 44.2 million, up 4.8 percent from the previous year. Of those, foreign travelers accounted for 6.5 million visits, up 5.6 percent from 2013. Visitors to the county also spent a record amount last year: $19.6 billion, a 6.8 percent increase from 2013. Nearly one-third of that sum was spent by foreign visitors, according to the tourism board, which noted that foreign tourists tend to stay longer and spend more per person. Hotels in the county also saw record-high results during the year. Hotel occupancy across the county hit 78.9 percent, up from 2013’s 76.8 percent occupancy. Area hotels also sold a record number 28.1 million rooms last year, a 3.2 percent increase from the previous year. Tourism in the county and the state produced $2.3 billion in total tax revenue in 2014, according to the tourism board.

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