Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board today launched L.A. Insider, a new online training tool for travel trade professionals in the Middle East. The mobile and tablet-friendly programme is the first of its kind for L.A. Tourism.
It has been designed to help travel trade better sell the city and stay up-to-date with its latest offerings, the US version launched on February 20, 2018.
Demand for a bespoke online portal of information and selling tools for the travel trade is strong and growing, as global demand to visit Los Angeles continues its rapid upward trajectory. A record 48.3 million tourists visited L.A. in 2017, a figure that is expected to reach 50 million by 2020.
“We’re proud to launch such an advanced training programme, one that will help our clients discover L.A. like an insider and sell L.A. like an expert. Los Angeles’ welcoming spirit, celebration of diversity and perfect weather are bringing visitors in greater numbers,” said Francine Sheridan, Europe and ME Regional Director, L.A. Tourism.
“New restaurants, attractions and hotels are opening up quickly to meet demand and it can be difficult to stay on top of all the new developments – L.A. Insider aims to provide the travel trade with a one-stop-shop platform for everything they need,” added Sheridan.
L.A. Insider, developed by TravPRO which also launched Visit California’s STAR program, will provide easy access to L.A. Tourism’s marketing assets, sales collateral such as factsheets, maps, videos and even neighborhood tours in virtual reality.
The program also provides information on the gateway to the West Coast, Los Angeles International Airport, and updates on the airport’s multi-billion dollar modernization program with multimedia assets added as they become available.
Participants who complete the L.A. Insider training will receive a certificate, access to discounts and specials from L.A. members, the opportunity to participate in FAMs and be entered to win a trip to one of L.A.’s award shows.
“We are extremely grateful for the ongoing support we receive from our industry partners. The launch of L.A. Insider speaks to our commitment to travel trade professionals by providing them with helpful tools they can use on a daily basis as well as recognition for their expertise,” said Ernest Wooden Jr., President and CEO of L.A. Tourism.
The market specific modules of L.A. Insider will be added to on a regular basis, for example, in the next couple of months videos of expats describing what it is they love about Los Angeles and tips to make the most of a visit will be included.
L.A. Tourism successfully launched a China-specific online training program, L.A. Angels Academy, in October 2015, with over 5,600 registered users and 1.45 million page views.