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For Immediate Release:
June 28, 2013

Destination DC Announces Travel Professionals Month, Aug. 1-31

Throughout the Month of August, Travel Professionals can take Advantage of Exclusive Deals and VIP Discounts just for them

(Washington, DC) … Destination DC, the official tourism and marketing office for the nation’s capital, has announced a special promotion exclusively for travel professionals. As a way to thank all those employed by the travel industry for making Washington, DC a top US destination, Destination DC has partnered with 17 hotels to offer very special rates during the month of August 2013. Additionally Washington, DC VIP discounts will be offered at over 40 participating attractions, live theaters, restaurants, retailers and tour companies. To take advantage of special rates, travel professionals can visit http://washington.org/travel-professionals-month and complete the online form.

“Travel Professionals Month is a great way to reward the hard-working industry who helps us promote Washington, DC,” said Elliott L. Ferguson, president and CEO of Destination DC. “This is a great opportunity for travel professionals to learn more about the city by experiencing it firsthand. Whether it’s bicycling under the sun on the National Mall, taking in a Washington Nationals baseball game at Nationals Park, checking out one of several summertime festivals or experiencing once-in-a-lifetime events such as the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, there’s no better time to visit.”

“Over the past year, we’ve seen a 4.2 percent increase in tourism to Washington, DC,” said Theresa Belpulsi, vice president of tourism for Destination DC. “This wouldn’t have been possible without our important travel industry partners. Travel Professionals Month is just one way to thank them for all they do for us. Their efforts do not go unnoticed.”

Participating hotels include:
Alexandria Quality Inn Mount Vernon
Capitol Hill Hotel
Comfort Inn & Suites New York Avenue        
Comfort Inn Downtown DC/Convention Center
Days Inn Connecticut Avenue           
Hamilton Crowne Plaza                
Hotel George                   
Holiday Inn Washington, DC Central       
Hotel Monaco Washington, DC            
Mayflower Renaissance               
The Morrison Clarke Historic Inn        
One Washington Circle Hotel           
Renaissance Washington DC Downtown
Residence Inn Dupont Circle           
Residence Inn Washington, DC           
Westin DC City Center
Additional discounts throughout the city underline what a rich variety of experiences DC offers.

Visitors can use their Washington, DC VIP pass to save 10-25% at over 40 select outlets including restaurants, theatres, attractions, retailers and more. To activate these discounts, visitors must present their hotel room key and a copy of the Washington, DC VIP pass that can either be printed from Washington.org or displayed on a smart phone or tablet. 

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About Destination DC:  Destination DC, the lead destination marketing organization for the nation’s capital, is a private, non-profit membership organization of more than 850 businesses committed to marketing the area as a premier global convention, tourism and special events destination with a special emphasis on the arts, cultural and historic communities. www.washington.org.