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LA tourism to woo Indian tourists


After Chinese Chinese inbound tourists have become the number two international source market for Los Angeles, the city’s tourism Board is now looking at Indians to grow its tourist pool. To the end, the city is looking at direct LA and Indian air flights as a key means of doing so, said Ernest Wooden Jr., President & CEO, Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board adding that he held discussions with Air India management in this regard as well.

Speaking to media in Delhi, Wooden Jr. air travel was an integral factor in increasing travel numbers between destinations. Citing the example of Chinese market, which replaced Canada as the number two inbound market for Los Angeles, he said that they see same potential in the Indian market. “Chinese national carriers operate non-stop to LAX and offer 17,000 weekly seats. We solicit Indian carriers to come to Los Angeles,” he said.

He added that with many Middle Eastern and European carriers offering services to the Indian travellers, “77 cities from 39 countries are connected directly by air with Los Angeles.”

Los Angeles is a key tourist destination in the US. It received 45.6 million tourist last year. Of these, 7 million were international tourists. LA wants to grow the same to 10 million over the next few years. Around 99,000 Indians visited the city last year, registering a growth of 7% over 2014.

Musafir Namah Bureau


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