A record 45.5 million people visited Los Angeles in 2015, an increase of 2.8 percent over 2014, the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board (L.A. Tourism) announced yesterday. The record, it said, includes new highs for both domestic and international visitation; the former totaled 38.8 million, a 2.8 percent increase over 2014, while the latter reached 6.7 million, a 3.3 percent increase over the previous year.
"Los Angeles is a place where the world comes together for cultural experiences and celebrated attractions that cannot be found anywhere else," said Mayor Eric Garcetti. "Our city keeps setting records in the tourism sector because we are investing billions at our airport, in mass transit, and other assets that are making L.A. more exciting and accessible than ever. The sky's the limit."
Added L.A. Tourism President and CEO Ernest Wooden Jr., "We want to recognize and congratulate our hospitality community for their passion and dedication which has allowed us to celebrate our fifth consecutive year of record-breaking visitation. It's these individuals and businesses that make Los Angeles such a dynamic destination that 45.5 million people traveled to experience it in 2015. These figures help propel us to our goal of welcoming 50 million visitors by 2020."