ICONIC LAX TRAVELODGE HOTEL WILL SHUT ITS DOORS ON APRIL 30, GIVE WAY TO THE LAX MODERNIZATION PROGRAM
Lance Lipscomb, General Manager and Owner of the LAX Travelodge Hotel, has sold the hotel and grounds to LAX and will retire from the business. The hotel
closes on April 30, and the site will be used as part of the LAX modernization program and the Automated People Mover.
Lance’s contributions to the community are legendary and his leadership in both the Gateway LA PBID and the LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce have made him a respected member of the community. He has been an active Rotary and Kiwanis member, and served on the board of directors for the chamber’s Education Committee, contributing to initiatives that recognize and affirm teaching excellence in our neighborhoods.
Lance also founded and administers the Jim Bunch Memorial Fund, named after his late partner, which supports a number of charities, including the Westchester Rotary Teacher Mini-Grant program, the Airport Marina Counseling Service, the Ronald McDonald House, and the Westchester Family YMCA.
In 2000, Lance spearheaded the dedication of the 98th Street School’s library in Jim Bunch’s name, to ensure that the children had a wonderful space to learn and new books to read.
As a community member, Lance has made an incredible impact. As a hotelier, Lance and his team have provided visitors from around the world with a friendly, accessible base to enjoy LA.
“There is truly no one who embodies the concept of giving back to the community more than Lance,” said Gateway Executive Director Laurie Hughes. “He has been not only a friend, but also an advocate for making the Boulevard a better place for property owners, visitors, guests and employees. We all wish him the best in his retirement.”
“Lance had the unique ability to lead the Travelodge with a very strong, practical business sense while blending that strength with true compassion,” said Val Velasco, Board of Airport Commissioners, Vice-President. “He cared for his employees for more than 35 years and continued to be an active contributor and friend to the Airport community. Lance’s Travelodge legacy and legacy of integrity, fairness and the ability to help and connect with people will live on forever.”
Christina Davis, President & CEO, LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce , echoed those thoughts.
“Lance has been a longtime supporter of this community. He always made sure to get involved with several organizations so that he could give back,” she said. “It is part of his DNA to be involved and contribute. He will be missed, but he deserves an amazing retirement!”