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Los Angeles travel reports shows 'impressive growth' in tourism

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Los Angeles travel increased 4.2 percent in 2011 with a record setting 26.9 million people visiting the city, and spending an estimated $15.2 billion, the Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau announced today.

Bureau head Mark Liberman remarked that one in 10 jobs in Los Angeles is related to tourism, and that the LA INC. report represented "impressive growth" in restaurant spending, hotel occupancy and attraction attendance compared to 2010 figures.

The number of international travelers is on the rise, according to the report. Australians made up the largest block of tourists in 2011, while China showed the largest year-over-year increase with 25 percent more visitors arriving in 2011.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa took some credit for a five-year, 150 percent increase in Chinese tourists, citing an L.A. tourism office that opened in Beijing in 2006, notes CNS.

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