World Ports Conference coming to Los Angeles in 2013

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The Port of Los Angeles has started preparations to host the International Association of Ports and Harbors’ 28th World Ports Conference, to be held in Los Angeles May 6-10, 2013. The World Ports Conference will take place at the JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles. It is estimated that the conference will generate more than $3.6 million in economic activity in Los Angeles and surrounding areas.

As the conference host, the Port of Los Angeles is making the upfront investments to promote the conference, reserve facilities and create sponsorship opportunities. These activities will be managed through a nonprofit 501c4 entity approved in May by the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners.

As many as 1,000 IAPH member delegates and guests will attend the biannual conference – most of whom will travel to Southern California from destinations beyond North America. As an organization, IAPH was formed nearly six decades ago due, in part, by a convening of members from the global port community in Los Angeles in 1955.

“The City and Port of Los Angeles are pleased and honored to host the 28th World Ports Conference that will generate millions of dollars for our city by spurring two of our largest industries – trade and tourism,” says Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. “With the largest shipping container port in the country, the City of Los Angeles is uniquely qualified to host this forum for the global port community to discuss common industry issues such as safety, climate change and clean technology standards.”