Destination Guide: Greater Los Angeles

Destinations

Greater Los Angeles is Unique in all the World

City of Angels. La La Land. Call it what you will, but because of its film and TV stardom, Greater Los Angeles is a place nearly everyone on Earth thinks they know. Pay heed, though, to that old tale about the blind men describing an elephant by running their hands over a tiny portion of the beast. “It’s like a tree branch,” says the man who touches the trunk. “No, no, it’s like a wall,” replies the man who rubs the belly. L.A. is like that.

“Los Angeles is 72 suburbs in search of a city,” famously declared legendary screenwriter Dorothy Parker.

“Los Angeles is a large city-like area surrounding the Beverly Hills Hotel,” retorts comedian and author Fran Lebowitz.

“Los Angeles is just New York lying down,” insists English raconteur Quentin Crisp.

For meeting planners, Los Angeles can be just about anything you want it to be. After all, where else can you:

Piggyback onto Hollywood star power and take your meeting or event onto a sound stage or back lot, including celebrity appearances, TV show tapings and behindthe- scenes tours? Curate an unforgettable evening at The Studios at Paramount, Universal Studios Hollywood, Sony Pictures or Universal Studios Hollywood.

Feel like a super fan at L.A.’s unrivalled sports, entertainment and music venues? Elevate events into red carpet affairs at the Microsoft Theatre, home of the Primetime Emmys, or Dolby Theatre, home of the Academy Awards; play flag football on the Rose Bowl field or shoot hoops at Staples Center as team-building experiences (the $350 million Banc of California Stadium, opening in 2018, and $2.6-billion state-ofthe- art Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park, opening in 2020, are set to deliver premier fan experiences). Or how about an evening under the stars at Hollywood Bowl or Greek Theatre, or an indelible event at Walt Disney Concert Hall or The Music Center?

Create your unforgettable event at a museum in the city that has more museums than any other in America? Many of L.A.’s museums and cultural institutions offer complimentary admission and customizable event spaces. So why not dine under the Space Shuttle Endeavour at California Science Center or enjoy a reception with masterpieces at The Getty Center?

Book your group into one of the dozens of sparkly new hotels—an astounding 23 opened in the last year or are under construction. They range from five-star resorts and edgy boutique hotels to historic venues.

You’re not in Kansas anymore, Dorothy. So, slip into your red slippers and join us for a whirlwind meeting planner’s journey through the city and metro area that could only be Los Angeles.

Further Reading:

Downtown Los Angeles: The Hottest Place to Meet
L.A.’s Westwide Exudes Class and Style
Hollywood Brings the Action to Meetings
Fun and Meetings in Los Angeles’ Beach Cities and LAX Regions
Pasadena: Where Charm Meets Culture and Innovation
Marina del Rey Offers Laidback Waterfront Meetings
Meet L.A., Virtually (There’s an App for That)