LA tourism numbers have been released, and once again Australia has hopped in as the front-runner in generating the most overseas visitors in Los Angeles.
In 2011, approximately 26.9 million people visited Los Angeles, surpassing the 2007 record of 25.9 million visitors, according to Carol Martinez, vice president of communications for the Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau. That’s an increase of 4.2 percent from 2010.
“This has occurred for the past couple of years, but there are a number of reasons that make Los Angeles is an attractive destination for Australians. One, being the boost in business linkages,” said the Australian Consul-General Chris De Cure.
Australia has been the front-runner in generating the most overseas visitors to Los Angeles for the past two years. I’d have to agree with the writer that the increase would have a lot to do with the stronger Australian dollar.
When I moved to the US in late 2001 the Australian dollar bought just $0.50 US. Today that same dollar will buy $1.04 US.
So I’d like to remind all my Aussie friends and family, especially those that have never visited.., that 2012 is the year for you to get on that Qantas jet and come to Los Angeles.