Mayor Villaraigosa Launches 'Visit Hollywood 2010'
New Hollywood Attractions, New and
Renovated Hotels and Restaurants Plus Key Anniversaries for Celebrity
Landmarks Inspires 'Visit Hollywood 2010' Program and Discounts
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio
Villaraigosa, joined City Council President Eric Garcetti, City
Councilmember Tom LaBonge and leaders of the Hollywood hospitality and
tourism industries, and launched the new "Visit Hollywood 2010" program.
"Visit Hollywood 2010" celebrates some landmark Hollywood anniversaries
- the opening of new attractions in Hollywood
- the introduction of new and remodeled Hollywood hotels
- and the introduction of two new websites offering discounts and special offers to visitors
"Hollywood is one of L.A.'s great
gems and for generations it has been a magnet for visitors from all over
the world,'' said Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. "With the
recent resurgence of this timeless locale, there has never been a better
time to visit Los Angeles and experience all the attractions Hollywood
has to offer.''
above: Hollywood and Vine area at the Hollywood Walk of Fame where the
Stars line the streets. Photo above: The famous Hollywood Sign. Photos
by Robert Zucker.
"With the addition of the new W
Hotel, Madame Tussauds, and so much more, now is the perfect time to
visit Hollywood," said Council President Eric Garcetti, who represents
parts of Hollywood.
"There's something for people of all ages here, and we invite everyone to come check it out."
This summer at Universal Studios
Hollywood hearts will pound and survival instincts will go into overload
as visitors are caught in the middle of a terrifying struggle between a
giant T-Rex and the 8th wonder of the world - King Kong. "King Kong 360
3-D" Created by Peter Jackson is the largest, most intense 3-D
experience on the planet. Coupled with the re-imagined Universal
backlot, featuring new and newly reconstructed sets for a new generation
of moviemakers, the studio tour is now in high definition and offers a
once-in-a-lifetime entertainment experience.
The Hollywood Walk of Fame celebrates
its 50th anniversary, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has plans for a
yearlong series of celebrations. The idea of creating the Walk of Fame
was first conceived in 1953 and seven years later construction began on
February 8, 1960. Today it is recognized around the world as a monument
to the entertainment industry and draws scores of visitors each year who
walk the Walk, taking photos of their favorite stars. Installation
ceremonies offer visitors an opportunity to see the entertainment
world's most famous personalities in person.
Numerous fashionable bars,
clubs, and popular retail businesses have opened in the area, returning
Hollywood to its place as the center of nightlife in Los Angeles.
Hard Rock Cafe on Hollywood
Boulevard, scheduled to open Summer 2010, will be a state-of-the-art
facility encompassing more than 20,000 square feet of premier dining and
live concert space.
Continue reading about Visit Hollywood 2010 and some of the upcoming specials.
The Boundaries of Hollywood
historic Hollywood theaters are used as venues and concert stages to
premiere major theatrical releases, and host the Academy Awards. It is a
popular destination for nightlife and tourism, and home to the Walk of
it is not the typical practice of the City of Los Angeles to establish
specific boundaries for districts or neighborhoods, Hollywood is a
recent exception. On February 16, 2005, Assembly Members Goldberg and
Koretz introduced a bill to require the State to keep specific records
on Hollywood as though it were independent. For this to be done, the
boundaries were defined by the California Legislature (AB 588).
bill was unanimously supported by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and
the LA City Council. Assembly Bill 588 was approved by the Governor on
August 28, 2006, and now the district of Hollywood has official borders.