Los Angeles hails subway extension

Final testing is taking place on an extension to the Los Angeles subway which will allow visitors to travel direct from Hollywood to the beach at Santa Monica.

The extension is expected to open to the public in the autumn, and is part of a multi-billion dollar investment in the city’s public transport system which will also include a link to LAX airport in 2020.

Ernest Wooden, chief executive of Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Bureau, said he believed the investment would make the city more attractive to visitors.

And he said he expected to see an increase in UK visitor numbers when official figures are released later this month.

Almost 400,000 UK visitors arrived in LA in 2013, making the UK the city’s number four overseas market.

Wooden said: “I would expect that (UK visitor numbers) to grow again for 2014. It wouldn’t surprise me if they are three, four or even five per cent higher than 2013.”

In addition to investment in transport and the airport, the city is also seeing an accommodation boom, with 17 hotels under construction and a further 22 in final planning stages.

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