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LA drops in ranking of convention destinations

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Los Angeles has dropped two spots in a ranking of the nation's most popular destinations for conventions and business gatherings.

The Los Angeles Times reports Sunday (http://lat.ms/1lbHcvJ) that the city ranks number 19 _ below Houston, Boston and even Scottsdale, Ariz.

The list is produced annually by Cvent, a convention management firm.

Cvent vice president Kevin Fliess says LA's slip over the past year could be partly due to gridlock caused by construction at the airport, which may be keeping organizers away.

Darren Green of the Los Angeles tourism board says through 2028, the city has 164 conventions booked with an economic impact of about $2.5 billion.

San Diego remained the fifth most popular meeting destination in the nation. Cvents says Anaheim climbed seven spots to 25th, and Long Beach shot up four positions to the 44th spot.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com

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