LOS ANGELES, CA — On Jan. 11, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board (L.A. Tourism) President & CEO Ernest Wooden Jr. announced that Los Angeles welcomed 47.3 million visitors in 2016, surpassing midyear forecasts and breaking visitation records for the sixth consecutive year. The new record is 1.7 million visitors higher than 2015’s total, an increase of 3.8 percent from the previous year.
New tourism records were set for overall domestic and international visitation. Total domestic visitation reached 40.2 million, a 3.8 percent increase over 2015, and 7.1 million international visitors made Los Angeles their ultimate destination, a 3.5 percent increase over the previous year.
In 2016, Los Angeles also became the first ever U.S. city destination to welcome more than one million visitors from China, the destination’s No. 2 international market behind Mexico. India was L.A.’s second-fastest growing international market, with an increase of 10.2 percent.
“Tourism is booming in Los Angeles, and it’s helping to drive our whole city’s economy forward,” said 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.”