Venue & Hospitality
Conference Dates: October 03-04, 2018 |
Los Angeles officially the City of Los Angeles and often known by its initials L.A., is the cultural, financial, and commercial center of Southern California. With a U.S. Census-estimated 2016 population of 3,976,322 it is the second most populous city in the United States. Located in a large coastal basin surrounded on three sides by mountains reaching up to and over 10,000 feet, Los Angeles covers an area of about 469 square miles. The city is also the seat of Los Angeles County, the most populated county in the country. Los Angeles is the center of the Los Angeles metropolitan area, with 13,131,431 residents, and is part of the larger designated Los Angeles-Long Beach combined statistical area, the second most populous in the nation with a 2015 estimated population of 18.7 million.
Nicknamed the "City of Angels" in part because of how its name translates from the Spanish, Los Angeles is known for its Mediterranean climate, ethnic diversity, and sprawling metropolis. The city is also one of the most substantial economic engines within the nation, with a diverse economy in a broad range of professional and cultural fields. Los Angeles is also famous as the home of Hollywood, a major center of the world entertainment industry. A global city, it has been ranked 6th in the Global Cities Index and 9th in the Global Economic Power Index. The Los Angeles combined statistical area also has a gross metropolitan product of $831 billion (as of 2008), making it the third-largest in the world, after the Greater Tokyo and New York metropolitan areas.
The city is divided into the following areas: Downtown Los Angeles, East Los Angeles and Northeast Los Angeles, South Los Angeles, the Harbor Area, Greater Hollywood, Wilshire, the Westside, and the San Fernando and Crescenta Valleys.
The economy of Los Angeles is driven by international trade, entertainment (television, motion pictures, video games, music recording, and production), aerospace, technology, petroleum, fashion, apparel, and tourism. Other significant industries include finance, telecommunications, law, healthcare, and transportation. In the 2017 Global Financial Centres Index, Los Angeles was ranked as having the 19th most competitive financial center in the world, and sixth most competitive in United States (after New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, and Washington, D.C.).
Three of the six major film studios--Paramount Pictures, 20th Century Fox, and Universal Pictures—are located within the city limits, their locations being part of the so-called "Thirty-Mile Zone" of entertainment headquarters in Southern California.
Los Angeles is the largest manufacturing center in the western United States. The contiguous port of Los Angeles and Long Beach together comprise the fifth-busiest port in the world and the most significant port in the Western Hemisphere and is vital to trade within the Pacific Rim.
The Los Angeles–Long Beach metropolitan area has a gross metropolitan product of $866 billion (as of 2015), making it the third-largest economic metropolitan area in the world, after Tokyo and New York. Los Angeles has been classified an "Alpha world city" according to a 2012 study by a group at Loughborough University.
The largest employers in the city as of 2009 were, in descending order, the City of Los Angeles, the County of Los Angeles, and University of California, Los Angeles. The University of Southern California is the city's fourth largest employer and the largest private sector employer.
Attractions & Landmarks
- Hollywood Sign.
- Griffith Park.
- Griffith Observatory.
- Venice Canal Historic District.
- Pacific Park.
- Aquarium of the Pacific.
- Runyon Canyon Park.
- The Queen Mary.
- Universal Studios Hollywood.
- USS Iowa Museum.
- Japanese American National Museum.
- Hollywood Museum.
- Page Museum.
- The Broad.
- Grammy Museum at L.A. Live.
- Petersen Automotive Museum.
- Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.
- Hollywood Wax Museum.
- Little Tokyo.
- J. Paul Getty Museum.
- Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.
- Madame Tussauds Hollywood.
- Farmers Market.
- Staples Center.
- Hollywood Bowl.
- Walt Disney Concert Hall.
- Santa Monica Pier.
- Hollywood Boulevard.
- Los Angeles County Museum of Art.