The county of Los Angeles welcomed a record number of visitors for the seventh year in a row, hosting 48.3 million visitors last year, the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board announced Jan. 10.

The number of visitors increased by 1 million or 2.2 percent over last year, the board said in a press release.

The board said the county is still on track to reach its goal of 50 million visitors by 2020.

Retail, restaurants and hospitality reporter Caroline Anderson can be reached at canderson@labusinessjournal.com.