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FAQs for Media

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Below are some of the most commonly asked questions we receive from members of the media. For answers to general questions about DC, click here to visit our general FAQ page. You may also find the information you’re looking for on our DC fact sheet.

Media Relations Assistance/Press Visits

Filming Requirements

Images & B-roll

Research & Statistics


Does Destination DC assist writers with fact checking?
Yes, Destination DC’s media relations staff is happy to assist writers in completing their articles about DC. Click here to find the appropriate contact for your questions.

Does Destination DC host group press trips? If so, can I be added to the list of invitees for future press trips?
Destination DC does not regularly host group press trips, however, we do work individually with journalists on assignment. If completing your article requires a visit to DC, please click here to contact the appropriate member of our media relations team.

When is the best time to arrange a press visit to DC? When should I recommend that my readers visit the city?
Press visits usually work best during low season, which is traditionally during the winter and late summer. While DC is truly a year-round destination, you may want to recommend that your readers visit DC during its slower months (mentioned above), when hotel rates are typically lower and crowds are fewer.

Where can I find DC story ideas?
Contact the appropriate member of our media relations team and we’ll be happy to discuss ideas with you.

How can I get added to your media list?
Destination DC sends out an e-mail newsletter to our media list approximately every six weeks. Press releases can also be sent to you via snail mail if you prefer. Click here to be added to Destination DC’s media list.

Can Destination DC assist me with hotel accommodations?
We handle each journalist lodging request individually, and work with our member hotels to procure complimentary lodging, or room nights at a discounted media rate. Lodging is provided at the discretion of our hotels and Destination DC cannot guarantee a complimentary stay, although we are happy to funnel your request to the right people.

As a member of the media, can I receive complimentary tickets to DC attractions?
Many of DC’s major attractions are free of charge, including the monuments, memorials and many of the museums. For those that are not free, Destination DC handles media requests for complimentary admission on an individual basis. We are also sometimes able to assist journalists in bypassing lines at popular free attractions. If you need assistance with organizing a visit to a specific attraction, click here to view a list of online press rooms and media contacts at many of our attractions. You may also contact the appropriate member of our media relations team directly.

Can you help me arrange a visit to the White House?
We can’t help you with a visit to the White House, as tours are only available by advance arrangement through your Representative or Senator. You can contact your Representative or Senator’s office up to six months in advance to request a tour. The tours are self-guided and will run from 7:30 am until 11:30 am Tuesday through Saturday. International journalists will need to contact their embassy in Washington, DC to inquire about tour availability. For more information, call the White House Visitors Center at (202) 456-7041 or visit www.whitehouse.gov/history/tours.


What are the requirements for tripod usage in DC?
Tripods are not permitted near the US Capitol without a permit from the U.S. Capitol Police. For information about filming at the U.S. Capitol, contact the U.S. Capitol Police Public Information Office at (202) 224-1677. Tripods are permitted everywhere on the National Mall, with the exception of the interior spaces of the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials. Nighttime tripod use is also permitted. To request a permit application for filming on the National Mall, contact the National Park Service Public Affairs Office at (202) 619-7225. For information about filming at other Washington, DC sites, contact the DC Office of Motion Picture and TV Development at film.dc.gov or (202) 727-6608. For complete information on DC filming requirements, visit film.dc.gov.


How can I obtain images of Washington, DC or the Destination DC logo?
A comprehensive database of high-res DC images can be accessed by clicking here. We’ve also provided a list of additional DC online pressrooms that offer high-resolution images for download. For specific photo requests, contact Chris Stinson: chris [dot] stinson [at] destinationdc [dot] com or (202) 789-7097.

How can I obtain b-roll footage? What formats do you offer?
Destination DC offers b-roll footage in HDCAM, Digibeta, DVD and PAL formats. All footage is available on loan only and must be sent back within two weeks of receipt. Click here to view the shot list, or contact Chris Stinson:  chris [dot] stinson [at] destinationdc [dot] com or (202) 789-7097, to request a copy.


How many visitors does Washington, DC receive each year?
In 2013 DC welcomed a record 17.4 million domestic visitors. While 2013 international visitation is not yet available, in 2012, DC brought in 1.7 million international visitors.

What’s the economic impact of the hospitality industry in Washington, DC?
Visitor spending on hotels, dining, shopping and entertainment topped $6.7 billion in 2013, generating more than $800 million in tax dollars for the District of Columbia.

Do you have any additional research available?
Visit our Research & Statistics page for more information about the Washington, DC hospitality industry.