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The Los Angeles Convention Center Celebrates 50 Years of Event Excellence

Jul 30, 2021

LOS ANGELES (July 30, 2021) - The Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC), owned by the City of Los Angeles and managed by ASM Global, the premier venue management and services company, marked 50 eventful years with a live celebration on Thursday, July 29th.


After touring the LA Art Show, the first large-scale event to be hosted by the Convention Center since re-opening, City of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti addressed approximately 200 attendees that included City and State officials, event organizers, Convention Center partners, the downtown LA hospitality community, and current and former LACC employees. 


Additional remarks were made by Doane Liu - Executive Director of the Los Angeles City Tourism Department, Adam Burke – President & CEO of the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board, Ron Bension – President & CEO of ASM Global, and Ellen Schwartz - General Manager of the Los Angeles Convention Center.


“After an extended hiatus brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are excited to bring large scale events back to Los Angeles. The Convention Center has been an economic engine for our city’s economy for the past 50 years, and we look forward to building on that legacy by welcoming even more visitors and conventions in the future,” commented Liu. 


At the celebration, the Los Angeles Convention Center Hall of Fame was officially unveiled. Three events were named as the 2021 inaugural LACC Hall of Fame inductees: Anime Expo, the Los Angeles Auto Show, and Ski Dazzle. These iconic events were recognized by Ellen Schwartz during the program. “We are thrilled to have the 50th Anniversary celebration be a platform to launch the LACC Hall of Fame. Here, we can formally recognize the events that have contributed to the success of this Center,” said Schwartz. “Each July, additional events will be named to the LACC Hall of Fame and collectively, these events will illustrate the vibrant history of this great facility.”


The 50th Anniversary celebration coincided with the opening of the LA Art Show, the most comprehensive international contemporary art show in America. Kassandra Voyagis, Producer and Director of the LA Art Show, shared, “I am so excited to be bringing the LA Art Show to the Los Angeles Convention Center, on the heels of a difficult year. Now more than ever, we need a physical art fair to unite the creative community. Thanks to this incredible space, we are able to safely welcome our artists, exhibitors, and patrons for a celebration of art and culture. We are thrilled to celebrate the LACC’s 50th Anniversary in conjunction with our return.”




Nancy Walker

VP, Sales & Marketing

Los Angeles Convention Center



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About the Los Angeles Convention Center

The Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC) is renowned internationally as a prime site for conventions, trade shows, and exhibitions. Owned by the City of Los Angeles and professionally managed by ASM Global, the LACC attracts over 2.5 million visitors annually. The facility is an integral economic component to the Southern California area, generating economic benefits through attendee direct and indirect spending and sustaining over 12,500 local jobs. The LACC also remains an enduring symbol of environmental sustainability and social responsibility and is proud to be a LEED® Gold certified facility. The LACC was the first Convention Center on the West Coast to be awarded the GBAC certification.  Additionally, the LACC strictly adheres to the ASM Global VenueShield Program.  For more information, please visit



About ASM Global

ASM Global is the world’s leading venue management and services company.  The company was formed by the combination of AEG Facilities and SMG, global leaders in venue and event strategy and management.  The company’s elite venue network spans five continents, with a portfolio of more than 300 of the world’s most prestigious Stadiums, Convention and Exhibition Centers, and Performing Arts Venues. From Aberdeen to Anchorage, and Sydney to Stockholm, its venues connect people through the unique power of live experiences.


ASM Global’s diverse portfolio of clients benefit from the company’s depth of resources and unparalleled experience, expertise and creative problem-solving.  Each day, the company’s 61,000 passionate employees around the world deliver locally tailored solutions and cutting-edge technologies to deliver maximum results for venue owners and amazing experiences for guests.  By consistently looking for new ways to envision, innovate and empower the spaces and places that bring people together, ASM Global elevates the human spirit while delivering the highest value for all stakeholders.  For more information, please visit



About LA Art Show

The most comprehensive international contemporary art show in America is honored to officially kick-off the city’s 2021 art season, transforming the Los Angeles Convention Center from July 29 to August 1st. Entering their 26th year, this special Summer Edition takes a closer look at some of the latest technological trends in the art world, while still offering a traditional lens at art from around the globe. With new Producer and Director Kassandra Voyagis at the helm, this year marks the LA Art Show as the first live art fair to embrace NFTs, contributing to the fair-wide emphasis on technology and women in art. For more information, please visit: or LA Art Press