July occupancy at Los Angeles area hotels set a new record

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Hotels in the Los Angeles area filled up at a brisk pace in July, with occupancy rates reaching the highest monthly rate in 25 years, tourism officials said Thursday.

The Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board said hotel occupancy rates were 83.9 percent, helped by an influx of tourists on their way to Asia and from key markets such as San Francisco, New York City and Chicago.

The board said it expects total visitors be more than 41 million by the end of the year, up 2.4 percent from last year.

“This is great news for our local tourism industry and our local economy,” said Mark Liberman, the group’s president and CEO.

Indeed, Los Angeles has also seen bright spots in other areas of its tourism economy. This year, the city will host 24 conventions, the largest amount since 2001.

The number of passengers at the Los Angeles International Airport has also improved and is expected to beat pre-recession levels by the end of the year.

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