Games Boost L.A. Travel
X games 11 took place at the Staples Center Aug. 4-7, hosting
170,471 spectators. This is the third year that the highly popular
extreme sports games have returned to Southern California. Cable
network ESPN and AEG, owner and operator of the Staples Center,
have agreed to keep the X Games in Los Angeles until 2009. This is
a first for the games as previous X Games have only stayed in a
host city for a maximum of two years.
“This was the 11th year for X Games and the event is growing in
popularity each year. The games generated upwards of 10,000 room
nights for Los Angeles, so they had a significant economic impact
for the city,” said Richard Peterson, senior director of travel
industry marketing for L.A. Inc. “As the premier extreme sporting
event, X Games creates an opportunity to tap into a younger
demographic, and as the host city, Los Angeles is building
relationships with a visitors market that will bear fruit for
Try Before You Buy
While awake during a restless night on
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I won’t have to bounce on them at Macy’s in full view of other
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First stop is The Inn Above Tide in Sausalito, Calif., where a
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into a deep sleep.
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By Carole Terwilliger Meyers
At San Francisco’s Westin St. Francis,
we encounter the famous all-white Heavenly Bed, composed of an
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So which will I choose? It is a hard decision. I think I need to
sleep on it.
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