President Obama tells Los Angeles: America, put out the Welcome Mat!

This week in Los Angeles has been a big one for anyone interested in travel – it’s the U.S. Travel Association’s International Pow Wow!  More than 1000 travel orgs from all over the country and 1200 international reps from 70 countries meet to plan travel for the next year.

This year was jam packed with celebrity faces: on top of Vegas headliners, Earth Wind and Fire, Cirque de Soleil, and Hollywood socialites, IPW2012 featured a theme song from the daughter of Johnny Cash and a message from President Obama!

Obama Talks to IPW2012 in a message

Special Message from President Obama to IPW Los Angeles: Make America the #1 Travel DestinatioN!

The overall gist of the entire Pow Wow?  Come to America!  Obama created a special task force just for this mission.  The message from U.S. Secretary of Commerce John Bryson and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar included this tidbit:

There has never been a better time to visit the U.S. Last year, 62 million people came to visit our country. Today, it’s full steam ahead for travel and tourism in the U.S.  We are working with leaders in the tourism industry, including those of you here in Los Angeles, to make the United States the number one tourist destination in the world.  In short, our message is clear: We are putting out a welcome mat to the world.

Naturally, we love Los Angeles and think that everyone should get a chance once in their lifetime to come here.  (Or more than once, if possible.)  So we’re all for it!  If you’re not convinced, check out Rosanne Cash’s “Land of Dreams’ that highlights a number of America’s top destinations:


Makes me want to come here! Today is the last day of IPW 2012, and then, let the traveling begin!  If you’re in town, come by our Office on Hollywood blvd or if you’re planning your Los Angeles vacation book a tour for the best sightseeing Los Angeles has to offer.


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