Press Release: Ryu Calls for Neighborhood Safeguards Amid City's New Tourism Record

Los Angeles, CA -- In light of the groundbreaking tourism statistics in Los Angeles released by the LA Tourism and Convention Board, Councilmember David Ryu introduced legislation instructing the City to report back on a strategy to alleviate the impacts of tourism in affected neighborhoods.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 11, 2017

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Estevan Montemayor
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RYU CALLS FOR NEIGHBORHOOD SAFEGUARDS AMID CITY’S NEW TOURISM RECORD

Los Angeles, CA -- In light of the groundbreaking tourism statistics in Los Angeles released by the LA Tourism and Convention Board, Councilmember David Ryu introduced legislation instructing the City to report back on a strategy to alleviate the impacts of tourism in affected neighborhoods.

The City of Los Angeles has been setting and breaking tourism records since 2011. In 2015, Los Angeles crossed the 45 million visitors mark, with the LA Tourism & Convention Board recording a 2.8% increase from the prior year. 2016 tourism numbers jumped above 47 million, a 4% increase, on track for the Board’s goal of reaching 50 million annual visitors by 2020.

“Our City must do more to protect neighborhoods that are negatively affected by our increasing tourism numbers,” said Councilmember David Ryu. “Los Angeles is an iconic city and is an increasingly attractive destination for many tourists. However, while we benefit from increased jobs and revenue we also need to use that revenue to create smart strategies to safeguard negatively impacted communities and to create better experiences for tourists.”

The 4th Council District contains some of the largest tourist attractions in the City of Los Angeles, including LACMA, Universal Studios, the Hollywood Sign, Runyon Canyon, the Griffith Observatory, and tour routes that fuel an unregulated and dangerous open-top tour bus industry. Tourism in Los Angeles is substantial to the City’s local economy, culture, and quality of life. Yet, the impacts of tourism are unsustainable long-term without the proper infrastructure.

Additionally, Councilmember Ryu’s motion seeks to study the feasibility of establishing staffed visitor centers at tourism hot spots to provide tourists with more information on where to visit and to identify opportunities to raise additional revenue from tourism-related sources to support enforcement, infrastructure, and public safety measures.

Read Councilmember Ryu’s motion, here.


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Los Angeles City Councilmember David E. Ryu represents the 4th Council District which includes Griffith Park, Sherman Oaks, Toluca Lake, Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Miracle Mile, Hancock Park, Windsor Square, Larchmont and portions of Koreatown and Van Nuys.


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