Black Meetings and Tourism

May / June 2017

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SUNNY SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA OFFERS TOP LEVEL HOSPITALITY BY CLETUS RAMSEY Southern California is a megapolitian area in the southern region of the state of California. The large urban areas com- prised of Los Angeles and San Diego stretch all along the coast from Ventura to the Southland and Inland Empire to San Diego. This region of the country is a culturally diverse and well known world- wide. Many tourists frequently travel to South Coast for its popular beaches, and to the eastern desert for its dramatic open spaces. Some of the major cities in the Southern California region include Long Beach, Los Angeles, Pasadena, San Diego, Anaheim, Palm Springs and Santa Barbara From the sunny beaches of Orange County and San Diego to the electrifying culture of Los Angeles to the family attractions of the Inland Empire, Southern California is a perfect destination to hold a memorable conference or small meet- ing of any size. ••LOS ANGELES•• The undisputed entertainment capital of the world, Los Angeles invented the magic of movies and television. Discover L.A.'s vibrant regions, incredible diversity of cultures, attractions, hotels, restau- rants, museums, and activities; not to mention L.A.'s stunning beaches, pictur- esque mountains and year-round warm weather when planning meetings and events in the City of Angels. A collection of distinct neighborhoods filled with unique experiences, L.A. has everything you need to host your next perfect event while keeping attendees entertained and inspired. Located in the heart of Downtown, the award-winning Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC) is one of the most technologically advanced meeting and exhibition centers in the world. Attracting more than 2.5 million visitors annually, the LACC is renowned interna- tionally as a prime site for conventions, trade shows and exhibitions. The facility boasts 720,000 sq. ft. of exhibit hall space, 147,000 sq. ft. of meeting room space, 64 column-free meeting rooms, and a newly renovated 299-seat presen- tation theatre. The City Of Angels is famous for its glitz and glamour, but its hotels offer much more than star power for planners who are looking for everything from accommodations to boardrooms and event spaces for thousands of guests. Whether it's a five-star luxury resort, a cutting edge boutique hotel, a historic property or a value chain, planners can rest assured that they will find a property that fits their budget and offers every amenity and service that their clients could ask for. World-class cultural attractions are located throughout Los Angeles, which has more museums than any other city in America. Downtown L.A.'s Exposition Park includes the California Science Center, the Natural History Museum and the California African American Museum. Museum Row fea- tures the LA County Museum of Art, the La Brea Tar Pits and the Petersen Automotive Museum. Be sure to take in the Leimert Park area, the African- American cultural heart of Los Angeles, with its many boutiques, bookstores, craft vendors, restaurants and annual festivals. Need more reasons to meet in LA? Reach out to Ernest Wooden and his team at the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board. They will provide you with all of the information and support you need to make your event in Los Angeles a truly memo- rable and suc- cessful experi- ence. Ranked sev- enth in the world for number of passengers and tonnage of air cargo handled, the Los Angeles I n t e r n a t i o n a l Airport (LAX) provides conference atten- dees and leisure travelers alike easy and stress free access into the city. B M & T ••• May/June 2017 ••• 47 AREA GUIDES • • • STATS • • • HOTEL ROOMS The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites 1,358 Hilton Los Angeles Airport 1,234 Los Angeles Airport Marriott 1,004 JW Marriott at L.A. LIVE 878 InterContinental Los Angeles 889 Ritz Carlton LA Live 123 Sheraton Gateway LAX 803 The Westin Los Angeles Airport 740 EXHIBITION FACILITIES The Los Angeles Convention Center Total Exhibit Space 720,000 sq. ft. Meeting Rooms 64 WHO YOU GONNA CALL? Discover Los Angeles (888) 733-6952 Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce (323) 292-1297 S O U T H E R N C A L I F O R N I A ERNEST WOODEN Downtown Los Angeles at night Photo Credit Los Angeles CVB

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