(CNN) A month after the Los Angeles International Airport lost 2,500 jobs due to a tourism surge, the Los Angles Chamber of Commerce is urging the airport to offer an incentive to attract tourists.
In a letter sent to the airport Wednesday, the Chamber said that while the airport has a large number of jobs in the hospitality and hospitality-related industries, “the lack of economic growth is harming the Chamber and its employees.”
The Chamber said the tourism boom has caused an oversupply of seats and that the city is “losing $1.6 million a day” because of a lack of hotel rooms.
The chamber said it wants the airport “to offer an opportunity for hotel room incentives” to attract hotel guests and help the economy recover from the surge.
The letter comes as the chamber is urging lawmakers to introduce a bill that would allow the airport and the local hotel industry to set incentives for businesses to attract guests and encourage them to stay longer in hotels.
The chamber also called for more money for the city to help attract tourism, especially since the LAX International Airport’s gross domestic product grew more than 6% in 2018, according to the LA Times.
In its letter, the chamber said the LAI has lost about 1,000 jobs since December of 2017, when the airport had about 5,800 employees.
That was after the airport announced a $100 million expansion plan that was supposed to create 100 new jobs, but that has since fallen to about 50,000.
The LAI announced the expansion plan on December 17.
The plan was supposed at the time to create jobs, which would increase employment to about 6,000 and would have raised the airport’s gross revenue by more than $8 million.
The airport’s revenue declined in the second quarter, and it has not had any job growth since.
The LAI also announced that it was suspending its use of the airport as a transit hub for major airlines and will instead use the airport for the regional airports.
The Los Angeles Chamber of Business says the tourism bust has “damaged” the city, and that it would like to see more economic activity in the airport.
The Chamber says it has reached out to the FAA, the state and the LA City Council to see if the airport can offer incentives for hotels and hotel room occupancy.