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Los Angeles has set a tourism record for the fifth year in a row.
Mayor Eric Garcetti and the city’s tourism board say 45.5 million people visited the city last year — up by nearly 3 percent or about 1.3 million visitors from 2014.
Garcetti on Monday suggested that the city has benefited by spending billions of dollars to update its airport, as well as from new transportation projects and the transformation of the once-dead downtown with new shops, housing and entertainment offerings.
International visitors accounted for 6.7 million tourists and the number from China grew by 13 percent to around 800,000. For the first time China officially surpassed Canada to become the city’s second largest overall international market.
Garcetti has set a goal of attracting 50 million annual visitors to Los Angeles by 2020.