L.A. County Has Set New Tourism Record

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Los Angeles was a major tourist destination last year! It turns out Los Angeles County has set another record in tourism, with visitors having $36.6 billion in economic impact in 2018, a 4.9% increase over the previous year -- it was reported today.

The Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board released a report showing that the record 50 million visitors to the county last year spent $23.9 million while in the region, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board broke down the report by adding: when spending by hotels employees, restaurant staff and other workers who benefited from the spending is calculated, the visitors' spending sparked $36.6 billion in total economic impact, the board said.

Tourists spent $140.6 billion in 2018, a 5.4% increase over 2017, according to Visit California (the state's nonprofit tourism agency.) Therefore, Los Angeles County, tourist spending generated $2.9 billion in state and local tax revenues, the board reported.

The Tourism Board said tourism supported more than 534,000 jobs last year, the highest total on record, or 1 for every 8.5 workers in the county. Woot Woot! Awesome L.A. -- Sure the traffic sucks, but the city of angels is amazing!

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