Los Angeles may be experiencing an economic slump, but the Michael Jackson memorial has already sparked an increase in business for hotels, restaurants, airlines and tourist attractions.
The Los Angeles Times reports that hotels around Staples Center, the site of Tuesday’s memorial service, were booked to capacity shortly after last Thursday’s announcement of the event.
“The magnitude of this event is 10 to 100 times of any other event we’ve had,” said John Kelly, general manager of the Holiday Inn across from Staples. Similarly the Hilton Checkers hotel nearby reported over 80 percent occupancy.
On Tuesday restaurants are also preparing for a large influx of crowds.
“We don’t really know what to expect,” said Jenny Nikoletich, a manager at the Yard House, a restaurant in L.A. Live, which is next to Staples Center. “We are preparing like we did for the Laker parade,” which took place last month.
Fox News reported that Virgin Atlantic sold out on all flights over the weekend. British Airways also said it has seen a huge jump in bookings since Friday, a day after the memorial service details were released.
Even though the local economy is seeing a jump in business, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is asking fans for donations to help defray the $4 million it is costing the city to host the funeral and memorial service, according to TMZ.com .
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FEMALE FIREFIGHTERS ARE SHOCKED AT THE RACISM THEY FOUND IN THEIR STATION!
The Insite has learned there are more allegations of racism in the Houston fire department. This time two female firefighters showed up at work at Fire Station #54 only to find graffitti in the facility. Sources tell the Insite scrawled on the walls of the women’s dormitory and on a bed was written the words: Nigger Lover, Die Bitch, and Die Nigger. One of the firefighters said I have never seen anything like this before. The racially destructive words were also written on the portrait of a little girl. That girl died and is the daughter of one of the female firefighters who found the racist graffitti early Tuesday morning. The suspect or suspects wrote on that deceased girl’s picture die bitch die. Keep in mind the little girl is already dead. Sources tell me the female firefighters are destraught and blocking the room so no one came come in and erase the graffitti. We’ve also learned Houston Executive assistant chief Rick Flanagan has already started looking into the matter. In fact, he confirmed in a phone call early Tuesday morning he wanted to get to the bottom of the alleged racism. Stay tuned to the Insite and FOX 26 news for more details!