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  • Finding Your Niche in Greater Los Angeles

    By Carolyn Koenig

    July 31, 2014

    Conventional wisdom says that when you have a huge, imponderable project, break it down into smaller, more manageable pieces.

    The same goes for destinations: When you look at Los Angeles—that seemingly amorphous city/county combo that spreads over 4,083 sq. mi. of cities, districts and neighborhoods—consider it in terms of individual niches based on each one’s character and you’ll immediately get a handle on it.

  • Bursting with Creativity

    By Dan Johnson

    December 26, 2013

    It’s no secret that many of the world’s most creative people reside in Southern California. Plenty of them are lured by great year-round weather and inspiring landscapes, but perhaps above all, they’re attracted by the dynamic, innovative work of others and the opportunities to develop their own talents.

    This can clearly be seen in the highly diverse art that has long been a major attraction and continues to be created in cities and communities throughout the Southern California area. Exceptional artwork can be found virtually everywhere, ranging from the outstanding historical collection in the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana to the vast collection of masterpieces at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles to the captivating exhibits of works by emerging artists at the Scott White Contemporary Art Gallery in La Jolla.

    From a meeting planner’s perspective, one of the best things about incorporating art outings into a group’s agenda is that there are so many different activity options, including visits to museums, galleries, art festivals and special events. Six regions in Southern California are particularly appealing.

    Main image: La Quinta Arts Festival

  • Building on Dreams

    By Alex Schechter

    July 24, 2013

    Dating back to the 1940s, when Arts & Architecture magazine first began commissioning the now-famous Case Study Houses (the most celebrated of which remains Charles and Ray Eames’ CSH #8 in the Pacific Palisades), Los Angeles has been at the center of innovative design in the United States. Mid-century modernists such as Pierre Koenig, Richard Neutra, Rudolf Schindler, and Ray and Charles Eames all left their mark here, and in doing so helped establish the city as a promised land for young designers and architects eager to try out new forms and ideas.

  • City of Delightful Twists

    By Dan Johnson

    March 26, 2013

    When Jan and Dean’s catchy song “Little Old Lady from Pasadena” sailed toward the top of the charts in 1964, people across the globe got an inkling there was more to the city than the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl football game. The song tells of an elderly lady who is “the terror of Colorado Boulevard” as she races a powerful “brand new, shiny red, super-stock Dodge” through the city.She wasn’t and isn’t the typical Pasadena resident, but she represents an eccentric element of the city that intrigues visitors and meeting attendees.

  • Catching up with Southern California

    By Nikki Gloudeman

    December 31, 2012

    Setting trends is second nature to Southern California, a region consistently in the throes of buzz-generating new development. Planners who have never booked in this inspired region of the country will find the fresh inventory enticing; those who have booked here, even frequently, will be pleased that the meetings product rarely feels stale.

  • Point, Click, Flash

    By Nikki Gloudeman

    July 27, 2012

    There’s something indefinably alluring about celebdom. Beautiful, rich and famous, stars exist in a world that appears to spin on an endless loop of dazzling parties and glitzy premieres. Even mere mortals who consider themselves above the fray tend to get excited when they encounter a big-name star.

Learn about Los Angeles (LA) for Event Venues, Services & Meeting Destinations

Destination Description

Los Angeles: Meetings, Conferences and Conventions

Smart Stats:

Number of Meetings Hotels: 250
Total Hotel Rooms: 92,000
Number of Special Events Venues: 580
Local Convention Centers: Los Angeles Convention Center
Local Airports: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Bob Hope Airport (BUR), LA/Ontario International Airport (ONT), John Wayne Airport (SNA), Long Beach Airport (LGB)
Local CVB: Discover Los AngelesRiverside CVB, Marina Del Rey CVB

Smart Snapshot:

Los Angeles: Why LA is the Perfect Conference, Convention or Meeting Destination

Gone are the days when downtown Los Angeles rolled up the sidewalks at 5 p.m., and that’s great news for meeting planners seeking out a destination conference or meeting venue that will keep attendees engaged and entertained. Today, vacationers and destination meeting attendees are far more likely to find an evening shift to red carpets that beckon visitors to bustling restaurants, lounges and clubs. Los Angeles seems to bring out the celebrity wannabe in everyone, and opportunities are ample for meeting-goers to sample the glamorous Hollywood vibe.

The city also has a natural advantage in luring meetings and conventions to the West Coast: a mild climate with more than 300 sunny days a year, which inspires corporate event planners to stage outdoor events during their stay. Many destination meeting organizers say the weather is a major draw for the region. An outdoor cocktail reception in February can sound pretty attractive to an East Coast resident stuck in a stuffy meeting room, and even in January attendees might take a long lunch to stick their toes in the sand just once.

Conferences such as the American Heart Association’s Stroke Conference and special events like the Grammys, ESPYs and Emmys have brought their own excitement and glamour to L.A.’s downtown convention centers, making downtown the place to be—where meeting attendees can rub elbows with the Hollywood elite in the evening and conduct serious business in elegant meeting venues and high end conference settings during the day.

The name Hollywood conjures up images of fame, fortune and glamour—and groups can at least enjoy the glamour. Today’s Hollywood glitters with more than movie stars. The music industry has its own cadre of performers who can be found along Sunset Strip and at area clubs, and sports figures aren’t far behind. The Hollywood Walk of Fame turned 50 last year and this year solidified the growing link between sports and entertainment by adding a star for Kobe Bryant of the L.A. Lakers.

So rediscover Los Angeles, add a little glitz to your next meeting— hot pink mini-dresses, and trucker hats are optional.  

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