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Experts predict spike in LA tourism in 2011

The L.A. Convention and Visitors Bureau is expecting more tourists in 2011 than the area has had in the last 10 years.

May 7, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Saturday marks the start of Travel & Tourism Week in the state of California.

In issuing that declaration, Gov. Jerry Brown said tourism is vital to the state's economy, adding that tourists spent nearly $90 billion in California last year.

Of course, tourism is very big business in Los Angeles and business looks good this year.

The Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau told the Los Angeles Times it's expecting a 2 percent increase in the number of visitors to the Los Angeles area. In fact, the bureau is expecting more tourists in 2011 than the area has had in the last 10 years.

Officials say that's partly because of the rebound from the recession.