House-Charred Bloody Mary at Lunetta All Day

The Best Bloody Marys in Los Angeles


Joshua Lurie

Weekend brunch is practically a sport in L.A., and the Bloody Mary is undoubtedly the queen of cocktails during that meal. Paris bartender Fernand Petiot supposedly created the drink in 1921 at the city’s famed New York Bar and imported his recipe to Manhattan, where word of the tomato-based vodka cocktail spread. The drink supposedly name checks Mary, Queen of Scots, who burned Protestants at the stake in the 16th Century for refusing to convert to Catholicism. Thankfully, the blood red drink is far less gruesome. Many restaurants treat the drink like an art form, carefully crafting house-made mixes and garnishes. Discover 10 of L.A.’s best, most unique Bloody Marys.

Boiled ox bone soup with assorted beef at Musse

The Top 5 Dishes in Northridge


Joshua Lurie

Orange groves and agriculture used to define Northridge, a city that officially formed in 1910 as Zelzah and was briefly known as North Los Angeles before settling into its current name. Northridge has proven quite resilient, bouncing back from the notorious 1994 earthquake and now houses an eclectic international community fueled in no small part by Cal State University, Northridge. The school started in 1958 and educates approximately 40,000 undergrads per year. Northridge has developed a deep culinary roster to feed students, families, and visitors. Start by eating these five dishes.

Chicken Shawarma Plate at Tel Aviv Grill in Encino

The Top 5 Dishes in Encino


Joshua Lurie

Encino translates from Spanish as “oak tree” and the corresponding L.A. neighborhood sprouted from Rancho Los Encinos, a land grant that Spain first gifted to a local Gabrielino tribe. The Encino Chamber of Commerce formed in 1927 and now helps guide one of the San Fernando Valley’s most desirable areas. Encino borders Mulholland Drive to the south, the 405 Freeway to the east, Victory Boulevard to the north, and Lindley Avenue to the west. Discover five of the top dishes within this 9.5-mile span.

October 2018 News & Notes


Discover Los Angeles

In honor of one of L.A.’s favorite food items, dineL.A. launched Taco Trek, a guide to the 25 best taco spots and must-order items at each location across the destination from The Valley to San Pedro and LAX to Downtown L.A. Launched during Latino Heritage Month, Taco Trek shines a spotlight on 25 locations including taco stands, trucks and shops while encouraging locals and visitors to explore L.A.’s diverse neighborhoods.

To encourage foodies to participate in the dineL.A. Taco Trek, dineL.A. and American Airlines are hosting a Taco Trek Challenge from October 4 to October 31, 2018, exclusively on the webby-honoree DiscoverLA app from Discover Los Angeles and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. Participants simply download the app for free on Android or iPhone and click on the scavenger hunt icon to check in to as many taco spots during the Taco Trek Challenge. Participants can check in to each location once. Each check-in will serve as one entry for a chance to win 25,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® Miles. Two winners will be selected after October 31, 2018.

dineL.A. enlisted L.A. artist Luke Pelletier to illustrate the dineL.A. Taco Trek map and L.A. Taco to select the must-order menu item at each location.

L.A. Tourism at Work - October 2018


Discover Los Angeles

2018 World Routes

In partnership with Los Angeles World Airports, L.A. Tourism attended World Routes 2018 in Guangzhou, China from September 16-18, 2018.  The key global conference for air route development, World Routes brings together international airlines, airports, tourism boards and civil aviation authorities for network planning. Staff conducted one-on-one prescheduled appointments with international carriers to promote LAX Airport and new service that is on the horizon from Singapore, Buenos Aires, and Xian and Shenyang, China. This year more than 300 airlines, 700 airports and 130 tourism authorities from 110 countries attended over three days.

Virgin Holidays FAM

In partnership with Virgin Holidays, L.A. Tourism hosted a destination awareness visit for 10 Virgin Holidays executives and agents from September 18-21, 2018. The group’s educational itinerary showcased only-in-L.A. experiences including the GRAMMY Museum, Six Taste Food Tours, the Broad, OUE Skyspace LA, Westfield Century City, Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood, King Tut at the California Science Center and Bikes and Hikes LA. Accommodations were hosted by Dream Hollywood Hotel and Hotel Figueroa.

Discover America Seminar – Scandinavia

L.A. Tourism’s Scandinavia reps Johnny Gardsäter and Göran von Arbin exhibited at Discover America Seminar and Workshop in Malmö on Sept. 20, 2018, where they shared the latest destination updates and promoted the L.A. Insider training module. A total of 116 TA, TO and partners participated the event.

Tour Operator Trainings in Norway & Denmark

L.A. Tourism’s Scandinavia rep Johnny Gardsäter visited key tour operators in Norway & Denmark from Sept. 10-12, 2018 to conduct destination training seminars, sharing the latest Los Angeles updates and visitor offerings while promoting the L.A. Insider training module with agents.

L.A. Tourism in Germany

L.A. Tourism’s Germany rep Ines Niehues conducted a destination training for 14 agents from one tour operator and three luxury travel agencies in the Stuttgart area on September 24, 2018, sharing the latest L.A. products and introducing the L.A. Insider training module.

Travel Associates Conference – Australia

L.A. Tourism’s Australia office exhibited at Flight Center Travel Group’s annual Travel Associates conference on the region’s Gold Coast from Sept. 7-8, 2018. Tourism Manager Kathleen Finneran conducted a series of training seminars across the two-day event, focusing on L.A.’s luxury hotel partners as well as health and wellness experiences in Los Angeles. The L.A. Insider online training program for travel agents was also promoted with an incentive prize for agents to complete the program. The luxury travel conference was attended by 200 travel agents from across Australia & New Zealand.

Kinki Nippon Tourist Sales Call – Japan

L.A. Tourism’s Japan rep Emiko Morimoto conducted sales calls at the Kinki Nippon Tourist office in Japan to promote Los Angeles with destination updates and suggestions for their existing tour brochure and packages on Sept. 6, 2018.

Tourism Expo Japan 2018

In partnership with Visit California, L.A. Tourism’s Japan rep Emiko Morimoto exhibited at Tourism Expo Japan 2018, Asia’s largest tourism event, from Sept. 20-23, 2018. Emiko shared the latest destination updates, new hotels and visitor offerings, highlighting the newly launched L.A. Insider online training module. Thank you to Leisure Pass Group and Universal Studios Hollywood for their partnership throughout the show. A record number of 1,441 companies and organizations from 136 countries and regions exhibited this year.

Air New Zealand Event

Following the successful L.A. Tourism & Air New Zealand Mastermind Quiz in June, the highly anticipated final event was held on Sept. 19, 2018. Travel agents tested their L.A. and Air New Zealand knowledge, going head-to-head to win flights to Los Angeles via Air New Zealand. Agents educated themselves about the destination by completing the L.A. Insider training module. Congrats to STA Goodge Street in London for achieving the highest score!

L.A. Tourism in China

Meet-and-Greet with Mr. Wooden
L.A. Tourism’s President & CEO Ernest Wooden Jr. met with travel professionals in Qingdao, Shanghai and Beijing during a recent visit to China from Sept. 6-13, 2018. Mr. Wooden met with 70 professionals including industry leaders and senior trade representatives from airlines, tour operators, wholesalers, event managers, MICE planners and key hotel partners, sharing the latest updates on Los Angeles, air route development to LAX and the market’s future outlook.

In-house Trainings at Tongcheng

L.A. Tourism’s China offices organized a co-op marketing campaign with Tongcheng, one of the top OTAs in China, to jointly promote LAX, TMD hotels and L.A. in-depth tours. A series of 12 in-house trainings are scheduled for this co-op marketing campaign for the frontline sales staff in different outlets of Tongcheng across China. Staff shared the latest destination updates, highlighting LAX Airport's modernization and direct air services as well as the newest L.A. attractions and experiences. The L.A. Mini Products/Packages initiative was also introduced for in-depth itineraries in addition to the L.A. Angels Academy 2.0 tool.

In-house Training at Beijing Huicheng International

L.A. Tourism’s Beijing office conducted an in-house training at Beijing Huicheng International Travel Service for its 60 operators and sales agents on September 20, 2018. Staff shared the latest destination updates, highlighting LAX Airport's modernization and direct air services as well as the newest L.A. attractions and experiences. The L.A. Mini Products/Packages initiative was also introduced for in-depth itineraries in addition to the L.A. Angels Academy 2.0 tool.

Delta Air Lines Shanghai-LAX FAM

In partnership with Delta Air Lines, L.A. Tourism hosted a destination FAM trip to promote the airline’s Shanghai-LAX route with travel trade representatives from Sept. 26-30, 2018. Attendees on the trip included 10 travel trade partners from Shanghai, Beijing, Hangzhou, Suzhou and Wuxi, media from China Travel Agents, and a rep from Delta. The group’s educational itinerary showcased shopping at LAX Airport; an electric bike tour of DTLA; visits to California Science Center, OUE Skyspace, Warner Bros. Studio Tour, The Original Farmers Market, Griffith Observatory, Universal Studios Hollywood and much more. Accommodations were hosted by Embassy Suites Los Angeles – International Airport/North.

US Consulate General Shanghai’s Roadshow

L.A. Tourism’s Shanghai office participated in a roadshow and in-house training in Wuxi and Suzhou of Jiangsu Province organized by US Consulate General Shanghai from September 20-21, 2018. Staff briefed 20 shop managers from JiangSu Comfort International Travel Service Co., Ltd. on the latest developments at LAX, air services from China to LAX and what's happening in LA, in addition to 200 reps from Wuxi China Travel Service Sincerity Tour Group later that afternoon.

Emirates and Four Seasons Luxury FAM

In partnership with Emirates and Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, L.A. Tourism hosted a destination awareness visit from Sept. 11-15, 2018 for travel operators based in Saudi Arabia including: Dream World Travels; Bin Ghaith; Travel Agency; ITL World; Golden Gate Travel; Saudi International Travel Agency; Al Faris International Travel & Tourism; Travel Expert Agency; Arabian Company for Travelers Service; Dawli Travel & Tourism and Attar Travel. The group’s educational itinerary showcased L.A.’s luxury experiences including Starline Tours, Warner Bros. Studio Hollywood, Westfield Century City, Citadel Outlets and an LAFC match.

Four In-house Trainings in Chengdu

L.A. Tourism's Chengdu office conducted four in-house trainings in Chengdu for Landbridge International, Chengdu Champion Holiday, ToursforFun, and Chengdu Overseas Travel. A total of 63 trade representatives from their sales, marketing and OP departments attended the trainings. Staff delivered presentations on direct flights from China to LAX (particularly non-stop flights CTU/CKG-LAX by Hainan Airlines), LAX's latest modernization, shopping and the Private Suite. The L.A. Mini Products/Packages were highlighted for the participants which would help the trade to design different L.A. in-depth products according to various themes for their both groups and FIT clients. L.A. Angels Academy 2.0, a mobile training program was also introduced.