When it comes to being a leader, Southern California has never been afraid to take charge. This attitude can be clearly seen with the city’s growth in terms of bookings at the Los Angeles Convention Center as well as the Beverly Hills’ plans to implement autonomous cars as part of its public transportation system.

Bookings on the Rise at Los Angeles Convention Center

According to data released by the Los Angeles Convention Center, bookings are up by 30 percent when comparing this year’s figures to last year. As such, the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board predicts that the citywide convention attendance total will increase by 22 percent this year. Some of the citywide conventions already held this year have included the following:

  • American Heart Association’s International Stroke Conference
  • The Association of Writers and Writing Programs Annual Conference
  • Mary Kay Annual Leadership Conference
  • WonderCon

Approximately 30 additional multi-day conventions are also expected to take place this year in addition to approximately 300 other smaller meetings and shows.

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Managed by AEG Facilities, which also manages the Staples Center and Microsoft Theater, the Los Angeles Convention Center has a significant economic impact on the city. Since it attracts approximately 2.5 million visitors each year who spend an estimated $360 million each year, the Convention Center supports approximately 3,900 local jobs. Overall, L.A. Convention Center management is expecting to see a 28 percent increase in rental revenue brought in by conventions, which translates to about two million more dollars than last year’s rental fees of $5.5 million.

L.A. Convention Center management continues to work toward bringing the industry’s top events to the city. With Los Angeles County posting record-breaking tourism figures for five straight years, which translates to 43 million visitors in 2014 and 45.5 million visitors last year, the Convention Center certainly has a large number of potential visitors from which to draw.

Beverly Hills Makes Move Toward New Public Transportation Option

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With laws about driverless vehicles still in development, Beverly Hills residents have decided to move forward with putting them in place. In fact, the city council unanimously passed a resolution lately that will develop autonomous vehicles as a form of public transportation. Under the proposed measure, residents would be able to use their phones to call for a self-driving shuttle. These on-demand vehicles, which would be owned an operated by the municipality, would provide point-to-point transportation within Beverly Hills.

The fleet of new vehicles is expected to take full advantage of the Purple Line subway extension, which is expected to be fully operational by 2026. The city is also already designing a citywide fiber-optic network that will enable communication with smart cards while also bringing high-speed connectivity to all residents and businesses.

To get the plan underway, the city plans to partner with manufacturers of driverless cars, such as Tesla and Google. The next step will involve working with regulators and policy makers to create a program outline. By implementing the plan, the city hopes to take private cars off the road while reducing the demand for public parking. The initiative will also help to increase safety and mobility for everyone, including the disabled.

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