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"Kaiju vs Heroes" at the Japanese American National Museum

Eat, Shop, Play in Little Tokyo

11/28/2018

Discover Los Angeles

It’s easy to support local businesses this holiday season, especially in the extremely walkable Little Tokyo. Read on for our Eat, Shop, Play guide to this historic Downtown L.A. neighborhood.

Santa Claus at Westfield

The Best Places to Visit Santa in Los Angeles

11/27/2018

Jen Hadley

Green, grumpy, and Who-ville’s resident Santa impostor, The Grinch™ and his one-antler sidekick Max have stolen Santa’s spotlight at Universal Studios Hollywood™! Photo opportunities available at Grinchmas™ with The Grinch, Max and a 65-foot Seuss-inspired Christmas tree. While you’re there, be sure to enjoy the festive nightly snowfall at Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™. Advance tickets to Holidays at Universal Studios Hollywood are available online.

L.A. Tourism at Work - November 2018

11/27/2018

Discover Los Angeles


Visit California Canada Sales Mission

L.A. Tourism’s International Tourism team participated in Visit California’s Canada sales mission held in Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver from September 30 – October 4, 2018. The sales mission featured a series of trade events in each city including mini tradeshows, sales calls and B2B appointment sessions with leading wholesalers and tour operators from the Canada market. Staff shared product updates to more than 300 travel agents, highlighting new L.A. hotels, attractions and events, as well as LAX’s modernization and direct air service.

FCM Travel Solutions/United Airlines Rewards FAM


L.A. Tourism supported a FAM group of top sellers from FCM Travel Solutions Singapore in partnership with United Airlines Rewards from Oct. 16 – 19, 2018. The group increased their first-hand knowledge about L.A.’s premier offerings to sell the destination including Universal Studios Hollywood, Warner Bros. Studio Tour, Starline Tours.

Delta Airline Seminar & Workshop – Osaka


In advance of Delta Air Line’s new air service between KIX Airport and Seattle launching April 2019, the airline held a training seminar with destinations that have direct connections with Seattle on October 18, 2018 in Osaka.  L.A. Tourism’s Japan rep Emiko Morimoto shared the latest destination updates and visitor offerings with more than 60 tour operators and travel agents including LAX Airport, new hotels and attractions as well as the L.A. Insider online training program. 

Club California – Tokyo


The 2018/2019 Club California program, themed culinary tourism, began in Tokyo with 103 tour operators, travel agents and media attendees on October 23, 2018. L.A. Tourism’s Japan rep Emiko Morimoto shared the latest destination updates with the group, highlighting the newest visitor offerings including hotels and attractions as well as updates on LAX Airport. The group also enjoyed California-inspired food and wine during a networking event. 

Frieze London, UK – Europe


One of the most influential art events in the world, Frieze will debut its inaugural Los Angeles show from February 14 – 17, 2019. In an effort to create buzz for the destination, L.A. Tourism partnered with Visit West Hollywood to host key travel trade partners for a preview lunch at Frieze London at Regent Park where staff shared the latest L.A. updates and showcased the newest visitor offerings.

TTG Luxpo, UK – Europe

L.A. Tourism’s U.K. office attended TTG Luxpo, an event held exclusively for the luxury-focused travel trade, in London. Staff shared the newest luxury experiences and offerings with the attendees as well as the latest destination updates overall.

Attitude Awards, UK – Europe


L.A. Tourism’s U.K. hosted a table of key travel partners at the 2018 Attitude Awards in London. Sponsored by Virgin Holidays and powered by Jaguar, the awards celebrate the work of U.K.’s LGBT+ community.  

Bon Voyage Training, UK – Europe


L.A. Tourism’s U.K. office attended a Los Angeles-themed training day at Bon Voyage, a luxury focused UK Tour operator and agency in Southampton, England. Staff shared the latest visitor offerings and newest destination experiences with the trade reps and agents while also promoting the L.A. Insider online training tool. 

Top Resa, France –  Europe
L.A. Tourism’s Europe office exhibited at Top Resa, a leading travel industry event held in Paris, with over 34,000 attending over four days. Throughout the tradeshow, staff met with key tour operators, agencies and airlines, to highlight the newest L.A. visitor offerings. In addition, L.A. Tourism joined Visit California and other cities to host travel buyers for a VIP networking lunch.

Visiteurs Roadshow Trainings, France – Europe 
In partnership with tour operator Visiteurs, L.A. Tourism’s Europe office trained 49 travel agents in Toulouse and Caen on the latest destination visitor offerings. Agents received a presentation highlighting LAX Airport and Los Angeles in an effort to increase bookings to the destination.

Discover America Seminar, Scandinavia – Europe


L.A. Tourism exhibited at Discover America Seminar, the largest travel industry event in Gothenburg with 102 participating USA destinations. suppliers exhibiting from USA destinations and products.  In addition to the general presentations, scheduled appointments with airlines and key buyers including SAS and Norwegian, the LATCB Scandinavia representatives also gave a stage presentation on Los Angeles to the travel trade audience.

Travel Trade Trainings, Germany - Europe


L.A. Tourism’s Germany rep conducted destination trainings in Nurnberg and Stuttgart for travel agents from Canusa Touristik and Explorer Reisen, tour operators that specialize in selling US related travel. Staff shared the latest visitor offerings and experiences while promoting the L.A. Insider online training program.

Hainan Airlines - Chengdu Travel Trade FAM


In partnership with Hainan Airlines, L.A. Tourism’s International Tourism team hosted a group of travel trade reps from Chengdu and Chongqing from October 26-29, 2018. The group’s educational itinerary showcased several only-in-L.A. experiences including an arrival/departure experience at Tom Bradley Terminal at LAX Airport, a walking tour of Downtown L.A., OUE Skyspace LA, Warner Bros. Studio Hollywood, Universal Studios Hollywood, Hornblower Cruises and Citadel Outlets, among others. Accommodations were hosted by Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel. We thank our members for their generous support of this FAM and our China programs.

Delta Grammy Awards Promotion – Australia


L.A. Tourism and Los Angeles World Airports partnered with Delta Airlines to launch a travel agent incentive program, promoting sales of the airline’s daily service from Sydney to LAX as well as the L.A. Insider online training program. The eight-week Australian travel trade promotion launched on October 15, 2018 and will reward the top three sales agents with a trip to attend the 2019 Grammy Awards in L.A. Agents must also complete the L.A. Insider online training program to be eligible for the promotion. A very special thank you to L.A. Tourism Members for their promotional prizes: Hotel Figueroa, the Grammy Museum and Warner Bros Studio Tour.

United Airlines Travel Agent Training Seminar


L.A. Tourism and Los Angeles World Airports co-sponsored the annual United Airlines travel agent training seminar in Newcastle, Australia on October 17, 2018. The event promoted United’s daily services from Sydney and Melbourne to LAX Airport to more than 100 travel agents from the Newcastle region. Staff shared the latest destination updates and newest visitor experiences with the group, rewarding the top sales agents with a trip to Los Angeles. Thank you to Members who donated prizes: Standard LA Hotel, Universal Studios Hollywood, GO LA Card and Starline Tours.

Virtuoso Luxury Agent Event


LA Tourism’s Australia/New Zealand office exhibited at the annual Virtuoso on Tour event in Auckland on October 29, 2018. Staff engaged with more than 45 top luxury buyers at the speed-dating style event, promoting the latest luxury travel products across the destination. A culinary feature was also promoted in Virtuoso Life Magazine with a special incentive for using the L.A. Insider online training program. Thank you to Members who provided prizes and collateral: Intercontinental Los Angeles Century City at Beverly Hills, Universal Studios Hollywood, Empire CLS and Private Suites LAX.

American Airlines Launch Event: Auckland to LAX


To promote the re-launch of American Airlines seasonal service (October 31 – March 30) from Auckland, New Zealand to LAX Airport, LA Tourism’s Australia/New Zealand office partnered with the airline to launch a month-long sales incentive across New Zealand. The program rewarded the top sales agent with a trip to Los Angeles on the inaugural flight on Oct. 30 to experience Halloween in the destination. More than 1000 travel agents participated in the promotion, which was supported by The Garland Hotel and Universal Studios Hollywood.

L.A. Tourism in China


ILTM China 2018 in Shanghai
L.A. Tourism’s China office co-exhibited with the Sales team at ILTM China 2018 in Shanghai to promote L.A.’s luxury visitor offerings and products from Oct. 31 – Nov. 2, 2018. Staff conducted 60 one-on-one meetings, sharing the latest luxury experiences and offerings including LAX’s Private Suite as well as direct air service from the region. ILTM China is an event dedicated to the Chinese luxury outbound market, attracting 215 luxury exhibitors from 44 countries with 200 key luxury travel planners and agencies from China.

DISTA Chengdu Office Training


L.A. Tourism’s Chengdu office conducted an in-house training for 11 trade agents from DISTA Chengdu office on October 10, 2018. Staff shared the latest destination updates, highlighting LAX Airport's modernization, Private Suite and direct air services as well as the newest L.A. attractions and experiences. The L.A. Mini Products/Packages initiative was also introduced for in-depth itineraries in addition to the L.A. Angels Academy 2.0 training tool.

Dongguan In-house training with Brand USA


L.A. Tourism’s Guangzhou Office joined Brand USA for an in-house training for 32 agents at Dongguan Youth International Travel Service Co., Ltd., one of the leading outbound travel services in the market of Dongguan, on Oct. 17, 2018.  Staff shared the latest destination updates, highlighting LAX Airport's modernization, Private Suite and direct air services as well as the newest L.A. attractions and experiences. The L.A. Mini Products/Packages initiative was also introduced for in-depth itineraries in addition to the L.A. Angels Academy 2.0 training tool.

Shenzhen CITS Newview Roadshow


L.A. Tourism’s China office conducted a series of training roadshows for 30 sales managers in the market of Shenzhen on Oct. 26, 2018. Staff shared the latest destination updates, highlighting LAX Airport's modernization, Private Suite and direct air services as well as the newest L.A. attractions and experiences. The L.A. Mini Products/Packages initiative was also introduced for in-depth itineraries in addition to the L.A. Angels Academy 2.0 training tool.

XIY-LAX Launch Event with Hainan Airlines


In partnership with Hainan Airlines, the China office held a training event for more than 50 Xi'an key travel trade professionals on Oct. 29. Staff shared the latest destination updates, highlighting LAX Airport's modernization, Private Suite and Hainan’s new service from Xi’an as well as the newest L.A. attractions and experiences.

Rack of Lamb Sultani Kabob at Kashcool Kitchen

The Top 5 Dishes in Van Nuys

11/26/2018

Joshua Lurie

In the fast food era, the idea of a hamburger artisan - a person who personally grills and constructs every burger - is nearly unimaginable. Bill Elwell is a 91-year-old burger legend has made this unlikely dynamic work at Bill’s Burgers. He’s stood over the same well-seasoned flat-top griddle since 1965 making ideal L.A. style burgers amidst auto body shops. At last check, Elwell estimated that he’s made about 4.5 million burgers since he started, and they’re consistently excellent. Thin, beautifully seared patties join sliced tomato, shredded lettuce, pickles, and mayo on soft buns. Melted American cheese and crispy bacon only help matters. So does making each burger a double.

14742 Oxnard St., Van Nuys 91411

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