Ask a Los Angeles Expert: Meet Ryan Ong, Travelocity’s Los Angeles Market Manager
Editor’s Note: Periodically, we’ll be featuring a Q&A with our resident destination experts at Travelocity, the Travelocity market managers. Market managers are locals to their destination and experts on everything and anything related to tourism in their markets. Please welcome them to The Window Seat.
Ryan Ong is the Travelocity market manager for Los Angeles . He has been with Travelocity for more than four years. He enjoys playing basketball, snowboarding, traveling, and trying out new restaurants. His favorite part of the job is experiencing different hotels! Los Angeles is constantly reinventing itself with new hotels, renovated hotels, and trendy boutique hotels.
TWS: If you had to pick just one thing that makes Los Angeles special, what is it and why?
RO: Los Angeles is fragmented into so many different regions. From Santa Monica to Beverly Hills, to Hollywood, each of these regions are uniquely different so there is truly something here for everyone.
TWS: What’s the best time of year to visit Los Angeles to get a deal? Pros and cons of visiting at that time of year?
RO: Summer is always the busiest travel season for LA, but that’s also when it’s the most expensive. What people don’t know is that LA’s climate keeps it fairly warm all year long. So the best time to secure deals is in the Spring, and early Fall season.
TWS: What’s the secret to getting a deal on Los Angeles hotels?
RO: The secret to getting a hotel deal in LA is to go with an independent boutique hotel. LA is full of them. Not only do boutique hotels here often offer special promotions, but they are actually the trendy places that locals visit for fine dining and nightlife. They’re also the places that celebrities like to hang out at for all you people watchers.
TWS: You visit lots and lots of hotels – any favorites?
RO: Wow, so many to choose from. I only have favorites for different regions. In Hollywood, I love the Hollywood Roosevelt for its history. In Santa Monica, the Fairmont Miramar is definitely one of the nicest properties by the beach. In Beverly Hills, The Montage has exceptional service and is luxurious. And in Venice Beach, nothing is as fun as the rooftop bar at Hotel Erwin.
TWS: What’s the most common misconception about L.A.?
RO: Everyone thinks that Disneyland is in Los Angeles, but it’s actually in Orange County. However, Disneyland is only a short 45 minute drive away. The other theme park that is truly based in Los Angeles is Universal Studios.
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