Most Overseas Visitors To LA In 2010 Come From Australia

The Aussies were part of a larger rebound of L.A.’s tourist industry. Last year saw the number of visitors and level of tourism spending return to pre-recession levels after a significant dip in 2009.

When it comes to Los Angeles tourism, the Land Down Under is showing up on top these days.

Australia became the No. 1 feeder market for overseas tourists to Los Angeles in 2010, surpassing Britain and Japan, according to statistics released Tuesday by LA Inc., the Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The Aussies were part of a larger rebound of L.A.’s tourist industry. Last year saw the number of visitors and level of tourism spending return to pre-recession levels after a significant dip in 2009
“It really shows that we have turned the corner on the road to recovery after these very difficult economic times,” said Mark Liberman, LA Inc. president and chief executive.