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  • In the late 1990's, the U.S. Economic Development Administration realizing that Cultural Tourism was important within the CRA Project areas of San Pedro, Watts, Little Tokyo, and Chinatown, funded a study to identify structural impediments to Cultural Tourism and to propose potential public improvements to address such problems.act.

  • In July 2003, the Agency and its partners launched the  Experience LA website promoting cultural tourism and transit.

  • In April 2004, the County Arts Commission designates Experience LA as the official cultural events calendar for the County of Los Angeles.

  • The Agency provided assistance to LA, Inc. - The Convention and Visitors Bureau for Downtown and Hollywood Visitor Centers.
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Cultural Tourism
Many of the Agency's adopted Redevelopment Plans include goals and objectives that are supportive of Cultural Tourism activities. Tourism is a key component to economic growth within the Hollywood Redevelopment Project and the redevelopment project areas that comprise the Downtown Region.

While working with the community stakeholders in redevelopment project areas, the Agency was asked to assist in marketing Cultural Tourism. The Agency obtained funding from Metro and the City of Los Angeles and developed partnerships that included LA, Inc. - The Conventions and Visitors Bureau, LA City Cultural Affairs Department and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission to launch the website, ExperienceLA.com. An underlying goal of the Experience LA website is to bring visitors to redevelopment areas through the promotion of Cultural Tourism. The Experience LA  web site includes neighborhood tours within the following Agency project areas:
Experience LA