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For Immediate Release:
January 7, 2013

Destination DC Communications Team Share Subjects, Sources for 2013 Inauguration Coverage

As the official convention and tourism corporation for Washington, DC, Destination DC is delighted to welcome you to the nation’s capital for this historic inauguration. Call on us for assistance with your coverage needs and to help you connect with sources for story ideas, including:

  • Inauguration Business Stories: This historic inauguration means big business for DC’s $6 billion travel and tourism sector, the city’s largest private sector industry—plus the potential to attract more travelers after January 21, 2013. With so much interest surrounding the changes coming to DC, notable sources, from Parents Magazine to Travel + Leisure have named DC one of the hottest destinations for travel and tourism. Consider looking ahead at the major developments across town (there are upwards of 40 cranes on our skyline).

  • Research, Statistics and Expert Sources: Check with us for hotel statistics, expert spokespeople and fun facts and numbers to add color to your story—like how many bottles of wine will be served at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center during the Inaugural balls, how many visitor inquiries have been received by Destination DC, how many gallons of chili Ben’s expects to serve hungry celebrants (they dished 555 gallons in 2009), and more.  Destination DC is also collecting numbers to illustrate post-Inaugural coverage.

  • Multimedia Resources: We’re here to help supplement your story with standard & high-definition B-roll and high-resolution images of DC’s monuments and memorials, as well as its lively neighborhoods.

  • Embed: Want to spent 24-hours at a busy four-star restaurant or hotel watching the hospitality experts manage everything from VIP room service to extravagant in-room amenities like fur deliveries and scent butlers? We are happy to connect you with a hotel, restaurant and even museums where staff are preparing for busy celebrations by working around the clock and spending the night on-site.

  • Hotel Facts & Happenings: Washington, DC-area hotels have invested over $250 in hotel as they prepare to warmly welcome visitors to the  Inauguration and beyond. We’ve got the inside scoop on lavish hotel packages, creative turn-down amenities, and we can connect you with hospitality industry veterans to offer historic perspective on past inaugurations.

  • Restaurant Stories: DC’s restaurants are serving up presidential-inspired specialties like presidential dinners at Lincoln – it’s named after you-know-who and other eateries where POTUS and even FLOTUS have supped over the last four years. We’ll point you to DC chefs and restaurateurs who serve excitement on a plate or historic eateries and neighborhood hotspots. DC is having a major food moment, with about one new eatery opening each week.

  • Civil War to Civil Rights: 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. There are several, one in a generation special exhibitions at our world-class museums, including “The Civil War” at the Library of Congress (featuring Lincoln’s draft of the Emancipation Proclamation); “Changing America” at the National Museum of American History and “The Civil War in American Art” at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

  • Neighborhood News: We can put you in touch with residents and local experts on DC’s hip and historic neighborhoods, from H Street (soon to be home to streetcars) to the Capital Riverfront and Georgetown (both home to new ice skating rinks) to 14th & U (home to DC’s booming restaurant row). In the last four months, Union Market, DC’s first contemporary artisanal food market has opened; and in the last week, the glittering apartments at City Center, the capital’s answer to Rockefeller Center have gone on the market. 2013 will see major additions to the Southeast including the Blue Jacket brewery near Nationals Stadium; and in 2014, Washington, DC’s largest-ever hotel, the Marriott Marquis (1,175 rooms) will open. On any given day, there are 40-odd cranes above the city’s skyline. Find out what they are working on.

  • Election Exhibitions & Presidential Places:  DC also boasts classic, all-American diversions like the first ladies’ gowns at the National Museum of American History;  presidential portraits at the National Portrait Gallery; White House Press Association photos at the Newseum;  as well as lesser known experiences such as President Lincoln’s Cottage; the 44 wax presidents at Madame Tussauds Washington D.C. (surely the easiest way to have your picture taken with President Obama) and Ford's Theatre's new Center for Leadership and Education, a dynamic museum experience that invites visitors to understand Lincoln’s legacy.

  • Economic Development & Demographic Info: There’s more to the Greater Washington economy than what you’ll find on Capitol Hill. The metropolitan region boasts the fourth- largest economy in the U.S., with more than 50 colleges and universities, with a greater concentration of knowledge workers and one of the largest bases of technology workers in the country. The region is home to more than 160 embassies and international cultural centers, plus global organizations like the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. Residents enjoy more than 234,000 acres of parkland, more dedicated park space per capita than any other major U.S. city.

Online resources:
Destination DC’s online press room & multimedia info: www.washington.org/press
Neighborhood & cultural information: www.culturaltourismdc.org
Regional statistics and demographic information: www.greaterwashington.org