A Guide to The Best Spots in Los Angeles for Business Travellers and Work Activations
In Canada, 58% of MICE [meetings, incentives, conferencing & exhibitions] business gets extended for ‘bleisure’ in Los Angeles, meaning majority of business travellers are extending their work trips 2-3 days before or after their work engagements. Additionally, this trend of mixing business with leisure is growing with companies placing an emphasis on creative and unique work activities to increase team bonding and morale.
In response, Los Angeles has and is transforming into a city practically tailor made for business travel.
The arts, culture, and entertainment scene in Los Angeles offers incredible exhibits, museums, and attractions–like the Academy Museum and The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art–that are perfect for team bonding.
The Two Bit Circus offers a new hotspot in the Downtown Arts District that is the World’s first Micro-Amusement Park and a social play space.
The park features the latest in immersive entertainment, multi-person virtual reality, and a full carnival canteen of molecular mixology and inventive eats. In between gameplay, circus goers can enjoy original farm-to-circus food and beverage offerings, some concocted and served by Gearmo del Pouro, a robot bartender—a great space for fun, friendly competition, while improving morale.
The Lost Spirits Distillery tour offers a unique experience that transports consumers into a theatrical universe of talking computers, jungle boat rides, and a deranged carousel.
The spirits are experienced in rooms designed to mimic the imaginary environments that inspired the creation of each rum, whisky and brandy expression. Rums are sampled in a candle lit jungle, peated malts are sipped in a safari tent deep in a bamboo forest, allowing customers to enjoy the distillery’s celebrated products in a radically new way.
City Market South is a discreet enclave that, although is newly transformed, has a deep-rooted history as the oldest wholesale produce market in Los Angeles. The reinvented vintage brick and bow concrete space and warehouses brings together world-class dining and cocktails, standalone retail offerings, and creative office spaces with remote working areas surrounding an open central plaza.
The reimagined warehouses and storage facilities are home to enterprising entrepreneurs including L.A. Cocktail Kings’ Steve Livigni and Pablo Moix’s newest bar, coffee roaster and artisan Cognosenti Coffee, and Wolfgang Puck’s latest partnership opportunity, City Market Social House.
The rebranding of Los Angeles into the perfect destination for business travel began in December 2018, when the Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved the transformation project of the Convention Center at L.A. LIVE, including the expansion of the adjacent JW Marriott.
The estimated $1.25-billion project is altering the Convention Center and adjacent L.A. LIVE campus in Downtown Los Angeles into a fully integrated 100-acre meetings and conventions destination with over 2 million square feet of total event space; 2,240 on-site hotel rooms; 20 restaurants; unique venues and more. The project’s goal being to redefine the Los Angeles meetings and conventions experience, provide enhanced integration with L.A. LIVE, and offer inviting outdoor space to take advantage of L.A.’s year-round, near-perfect weather.
Los Angeles not only has incredible team-bonding opportunities and creative meeting spaces but offers a wide variety of food and beverage options that place emphasis on mindfulness. These mindful menus offer more elevated, healthy, and sustainable options ranging from locally sourced ingredients, to vegan and gluten-free options, to globally inspired cuisines, to mocktails and more. Whether looking for a caterer for a conference or a restaurant for your team, Los Angeles provides endless options that ensure diversity of offerings.
The city’s transformation promises exciting opportunities for businesses to get the most out of their business travels and speaks to the ever-growing trend of bleisure. For more on the MICE Business scene in L.A. visit DiscoverLosAngeles.com.