Record Breaking Year for Tourism and ConventionsRelease Date: 2018-02-05
2017 was a record-breaking year for Long Beach tourism and our Convention Center. The Convention and Visitors Bureau took home the “Best CVB in the West” Stella Award from Northstar Media. Runners up for this award were San Diego and Las Vegas. Our strategic investments in new spaces and venues is making Long Beach a leader and trend setter in the tourism industry. The Terrace Theater Plaza was named “Top New Outdoor Special Event Venue 2017" and helped the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center have its best year ever with total attendance last year of 1.3 million visitors.
The Convention Center saw increased meeting and convention business that helped fuel spending at our area restaurants, hotels and stores, creating an estimated $300 million impact from visitors to Long Beach. Together with our many hotel operators and other business owners around the Convention Center, 2017 was a standout year that has made a positive economic impact for our city, including the greatest amount in transient occupancy tax in the city’s history. Those tax dollars contributed $26.4 million to the City’s general fund, helping to maintain vital services across Long Beach.
While Long Beach is a beautiful city and our facilities are terrific, what really sets Long Beach apart is our people – our CVB, Convention Center and hotel staff all work as a team, which makes coming to Long Beach feel even more special. I want to thank everyone who has worked so hard to make Long Beach such a great place to visit.
Long Beach will to be a top destination to visit and host conventions and meetings because we continue to invest in our convention center, including the installation of brand new fountains set to music in the Terrace Theater Plaza.
I know that 2018 will be another banner year for our entire city, and I look forward to seeing even greater things at our Convention Center and the tourism economy.