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Corporate/Convention News
May 6, 2014
(Washington, DC) The District’s hospitality leadership today confirmed 2013 as another record-breaking year for domestic visitation during the city’s annual Travel Rally held at the Park at CityCenter at the new CityCenterDC development.  Destination DC’s annual rally is held in conjunction with the U.S. Travel Association’s National Travel and Tourism Week, May 3-11, 2014.  In 2013,...
May 5, 2014
(Washington, DC) … For the second year, 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 U.S. destination, Destination DC has partnered with 34 hotels to offer very special rates during the month of...
Consumer News, Corporate/Convention News
May 5, 2014
(Washington, DC) – Today Destination DC, the official tourism and marketing office for the District of Columbia, kicks off its summer 2014 marketing campaign targeting families through programing and placement. To drive engagement and highlight the many budget-friendly, only-in-DC experiences on and off the National Mall, the bureau will distribute 100,000 copies of a free 8-page DC Cool Kids...
Consumer News, Corporate/Convention News
March 4, 2014
WASHINGTON – Destination DC, the official tourism and marketing office for the nation’s capital, announces more than 30 hotel packages that combine exceptional room rates with thematic amenities during the National Cherry Blossom Festival (March 20-April 13, 2014). Throughout this season of renewal, the city is abuzz with the nation’s largest springtime celebration and a program of world-class...
Corporate/Convention News
February 4, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Travel Association today released a compelling new analysis of the economic impact of IPW (formerly known as International Pow Wow), the U.S. travel industry's premier international marketplace that convenes more than 6,000 travel buyers, media and suppliers from 70-plus countries for three days of intensive deal-making.A comparison of the economic impact of the 2013...
Consumer News, Corporate/Convention News
WASHINGTON – For the fifth consecutive year, Destination DC, the official marketing and tourism agency for the nation’s capital, presents Date Nights DC, a marketing campaign offering deals, discounts and inspiration for February travel to Washington, DC. The six-week campaign runs Jan. 15-March 2, traditionally a quieter season for leisure visitation in Washington, DC. The campaign targets...
Corporate/Convention News
January 7, 2014
(Washington, DC) – The new year is looking promising for conventions coming to Washington, DC. Some $8.5 billion in new development projects are currently underway, including two of the most anticipated developments in recent memory, while infrastructure improvements and exciting new restaurants and attractions are joining the DC scene as well. And with some of the city’s largest and most...
December 16, 2013
(WASHINGTON, DC) – Today Destination DC and Big Bus Tours announce a four-year partnership designed to drive increased tourism to the District. The agreement formalizes efforts between Destination DC, the official convention and tourism corporation for Washington, DC, and Big Bus Tours, the world’s leading operator of open double-decker sightseeing tours in 15 cities, to ease visitor access to...
December 3, 2013
(WASHINGTON, DC) – Ranked the #1 destination for culture in America by Travel + Leisure Magazine, Washington, DC is well known as a bastion of fine art, history and science museums, an ideal city for affordable family vacations, romantic getaways and world-class meetings. With dozens of cranes on the city’s skyline and $8.5 billion investment in infrastructure, Washington, DC’s hospitality...
Corporate/Convention News
October 16, 2013
(Washington, DC) – Destination DC, the official convention and tourism corporation for the nation’s capital, has announced the selection of Washington, DC as the new host city for The American Made Show, the largest wholesale tradeshow of American-made products. Formerly known as the Buyers Market of American Craft, this four-day tradeshow will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention...
Corporate/Convention News
August 14, 2013
(Washington, DC) – Destination DC, the official convention and tourism corporation for the nation’s capital, announces the selection of Washington, DC as a five-year host of Otakon, the leading national convention for anime, live action role-playing events, manga, video games and Asian pop culture enthusiasts. More than 30,000 visitors are expected to attend the three-day conference at the...
Corporate/Convention News
July 9, 2013
(Washington, DC) – Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the single largest African American women’s organization in the country, will convene in the nation’s capital for their 51st National Convention, July 11 – 17. Attracting nearly 40,000 members, the week-long convention is expected to generate more than $73.7 million to the local economy. Founded on January 13, 1913, Delta Sigma Theta is also...
Press & Media
June 28, 2013
(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....
Corporate/Convention News
June 11, 2013
(Washington, DC) – Destination DC, the official destination marketing organization for Washington, DC, joined the U.S. Travel Association today to announce that Washington, DC has been selected as the host city for International Pow Wow (IPW), the travel industry’s premier international event, in 2017. The four-day global marketplace for buyers and suppliers of travel products and services is...
Corporate/Convention News
May 7, 2013
(Washington, DC) … Destination DC president and CEO, Elliott L. Ferguson, has appointed Robin A. McClain as the new Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the official tourism and marketing office for the nation’s capital.  A seasoned travel marketing professional, McClain has led the marketing team over the last six months as the Interim Vice President of Marketing and...
Consumer News, Corporate/Convention News
May 7, 2013
(Washington, DC) … The impact of Washington, DC’s travel and tourism industry was heralded today by hospitality leaders who helped make 2012 an exceptionally strong year during DC’s annual travel rally.  In 2012, a new record of visitors to the District created an economic impact of $4.8 billion, according to IHS Global Insight, an increase of 3.1 percent over 2011. The annual Travel Rally...
Consumer News
May 3, 2013
(Washington, DC) … Destination DC, the official tourism and marketing office for the nation’s capital announces a summer flash sale with megabus.com, the nation’s leading luxury express bus service. Between May 6-12, 2013, consumers booking a designated Summer Savings package for two or more nights on Washington.org/summer will receive two (2) round-trip tickets on megabus.com while supplies...
Consumer News
April 30, 2013
(Washington, DC) … Today Destination DC, the official tourism and marketing office for the nation’s capital, announces their summer promotion: Select hotels will reward visitors staying in the District two or more nights with deep discounts. This seasonal incentive: 20% off on two-night accommodations and 25% off rooms booked for three nights will be available May 23-September 8, 2013. ...
Consumer News
April 4, 2013
(Washington, DC) … With Washington, DC forecasters calling for clouds of pink around the Tidal Basin, springtime is the ideal time to visit the nation’s capital. With peak cherry blossom dates expected April 6-9, the National Cherry Blossom Festival continues through April 14, Passport DC in May, and more than 20 Washington, DC hotels offering significant spring-inspired packages and deals...
Consumer News
February 19, 2013
(Washington, DC) … Destination DC, the official tourism and marketing office for the nation’s capital, announces 22 dedicated hotel partners in time to welcome springtime visitors. These best addresses offer exceptional room rates March 1-May 31, 2013, vacation-perfect weeks when DC’s world-class cultural calendar springs to life with events, many inspired by the 2013 National Cherry Blossom...
Consumer News
January 23, 2013
(Washington, DC) – Recognized by Yahoo Travel as one of the United States’ unexpectedly romantic cities, DC’s exceptional dining experiences, extraordinary hotels, moonlit monuments and limitless cultural possibilities create the perfect recipe for a romantic weekend escape.  Capitalizing on these amour-inducing experiences, Destination DC, the official tourism and marketing corporation...
Corporate/Convention News
January 17, 2013
With just days remaining before the inauguration of Barack Obama, it’s time for inauguration travelers and group travel planners to finalize their trip arrangements. Destination DC, the official convention and tourism corporation for the nation’s capital, has compiled this checklist to help ensure that inauguration visitors are prepared for the historic occasion.  For immediate assistance...
Consumer News
January 16, 2013
(Washington, DC) – For only the second time in U.S. history, the 2013 Presidential Inauguration will coincide with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Jan. 21. Since 1986 when the third Monday of January was designated as a federally recognized holiday for Martin Luther King, Jr., only President Bill Clinton’s second term inauguration has landed on the same day.    The visitors...
Consumer News, Corporate/Convention News
January 7, 2013
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...
Corporate/Convention News
November 8, 2012
(Washington, DC) – Washington, DC will welcome more than 16,000 delegates of the American College of Rheumatology’s (ACR) Annual Scientific Meeting to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center from Nov. 9 - 14, 2012. The five-day citywide convention is expected to occupy 50,336 room nights at 50 different hotels; the single largest DC-based conference this year, according to Destination DC,...
Consumer News, Press & Media
November 1, 2012
(Washington, DC)… Between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, Washington, DC celebrates the holidays with signature American style. Attend a Christmas tree lighting ceremony with the first family; whisper your wishes in Santa's ear during brunch at the Kennedy Center; ice skate on the National Mall; shop Smithsonian Institution museum boutiques; and take in the monuments that make Washington, DC a...
Consumer News, Corporate/Convention News
October 31, 2012
(Washington, DC) – As the race for 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue heats up, hotels in the nation’s capital are preparing to impress visitors with welcoming spaces, chic décor, new amenities and exciting in-house restaurants. Inauguration is big business for Washington, DC’s hospitality community. In 2009, when more than one million people journeyed to the inauguration of President Obama on the...
Consumer News
September 28, 2012
(Washington, DC) – In a city with a noted appetite for bipartisanship, many Washington, DC eateries invite Republicans, Democrats and independents to exercise their taste in politics with seasonal specials inspired by the 2012 election. Many notable restaurants are offering two dishes, one to represent the incumbent, President Barack Obama; another inspired by his rival Mitt Romney. The...
Consumer News
September 28, 2012
(Washington, DC) – With all the current debate about taxes this election season, it’s good to be reminded how much there is to see and do for FREE in the nation’s capital. November 6, 2012, Election Day, is fast approaching and there is no shortage of compelling activities to experience in Washington, DC that don’t cost visitors a penny. Destination DC, the official convention and tourism...
Consumer News
September 19, 2012
(Washington, DC) – Destination DC, the official convention and tourism corporation for Washington, DC, offers hotel packages starting at $94.99 per night for the duration of FotoWeekDC (November 9-18, 2012). FotoDC’s presentation of the fifth annual photography Festival will feature exhibitions from their annual International Awards Competition as well as high quality work from many different...
Corporate/Convention News
July 20, 2012
(Washington, DC) – When International AIDS Society (IAS) hosts its conference AIDS 2012 in Washington, DC, July 22-27, more than 20,000 expected attendees will impact the city’s economy through hotel bookings, transportation use, dining, shopping and visiting the District’s unique attractions. Many convention attendees are international visitors who traditionally stay longer and spend more than...
Consumer News
June 18, 2012
(Washington, DC) – Destination DC and American Express are once again working together to offer a special Summer FREEdom Promotion that rewards American Express® Cardmembers for visiting the nation’s capital. From July 1 through July 31, 2012, American Express Cardmembers who register their eligible American Express Card and use that registered card to spend $150 total at three participating...
Corporate/Convention News
June 15, 2012
(Washington, DC) … Washington, DC will welcome the 58th Summer Fancy Food Show, North America’s largest marketplace for specialty foods and beverages, this Sunday, June 17. Specialty food makers from DC, Maryland and Virginia will join exhibitors from around the world at the three-day event that is estimated to have a total economic impact of nearly $17 million on the city.“The return of the...
Corporate/Convention News
June 14, 2012
WHAT: Today Destination DC, the official convention and tourism corporation for Washington, DC introduces a new program connecting convention attendees at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center with VIP experiences and exclusive discounts. “Show Your Badge” will engage an audience of more than 320,000 convention attendees expected in Washington, DC through Dec 31, 2012 with participating...
Corporate/Convention News
May 22, 2012
(Washington, DC) … The District of Columbia welcomed a record 17.9 million visitors in 2011 -- a number that tops the District’s previous record of 17.4 million total visitors, set in 2000. Newly released data from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Office of Travel and Tourism Industries (OTTI) show the nation’s capital welcomed 1.8 million overseas visitors in 2011, a 4.1 percent increase over...
Corporate/Convention News
May 8, 2012
(Washington, DC) … The impact of Washington, DC’s travel and tourism industry was heralded today by many of the hospitality employees who helped make 2011 an exceptionally strong year during DC’s fourth annual travel rally. In 2011, the hospitality industry, the second largest employer in the District after the Federal Government, was responsible for 76,000 total jobs in the District. This...
Consumer News
April 27, 2012
Washington, DC) After months of rising gas prices, Destination DC, the official convention and tourism corporation for Washington, DC, introduces a promotion that eases the cost of an unforgettable summer holiday in the nation’s capital. Summer FREEdom is a virtual coupon book of 35 discounts and free offers that help leisure travelers save money. Summer FREEdom deals will be available between...
Corporate/Convention News
April 16, 2012
(Washington, DC) – In a presidential election year, it may be easy to assume the only news coming out of Washington, DC is about politics, but the nation’s capital has a big story of its own to tell. Investments totaling more than $8 billion are transforming Washington, DC, creating massive new visitor-friendly developments in key areas – including the downtown core and the National Mall as...
Consumer News
April 2012
Go outside and play in the parks, tackle the trails and relax in the glorious gardens that make DC a favorite city for outdoor enthusiasts. With more than 234,000 acres of parkland and more than 800 miles of bikeways and trails in the metro region, it’s easy to see why Outside magazine named DC the best city in America (2008). Add a touch of green to your red, white and blue DC adventures as...
Consumer News
April 2012
With the White House home to two First Daughters, the city is stirring with activities for even the youngest DC visitors. Packed with dozens of free, kid-friendly attractions, Washington, DC is an ideal destination for a fun, educational family vacation. And even as the District’s traditionally historic sites continue to amaze and inspire, DC’s new exhibitions and attractions are doing their...
Consumer News
April 2012
As a place where seeds of change are planted and new voices come to be heard, it is no surprise that Washington, DC is home to a robust music scene, with deep roots in jazz and bluegrass plus a reputation of cultivating new genres, including go-go, electrica and indie rock.DC-based rapper Wale recently put the city’s hip-hop music scene on the global map with the release of his recent hit ...
Consumer News
April 2012
Always known for power lunches and elegant State dinners, Washington, DC is now beginning to turn heads as a diverse culinary capital. With a dizzying number of new eateries, celebrity chef hot spots, international gems, fresh farmers markets and budget-friendly food trucks at every corner, DC is a food lover’s playground. Read on to discover what the District is cookin’.New Restaurants:Walk...
Consumer News
February 1, 2012
Romantic weekends and amorous adventures in Washington, DC are about to become more affordable as Destination DC, the city’s official convention and tourism corporation, announces the return of Date Nights DC (Datenightsdc.org), a program that promotes romantic experiences throughout February.This year Destination DC is hooking up with LivingSocial, the online and mobile source for great values...
Consumer News, Corporate/Convention News
January 26, 2012
(Washington, DC) … Destination DC, the official tourism and marketing office for the nation’s capital, announces 55 springtime hotel partners. These best addresses will offer competitive room rates March 1-May 31 when DC springs to life with dozens of world-class cultural events including the 2012 National Cherry Blossom Festival which honors the 100th anniversary of the gift of the trees....
Corporate/Convention News
January 19, 2012
WASHINGTON -- Destination DC confirms the appointment of President & CEO Elliott Ferguson by Commerce Secretary John Bryson to a two-year appointment on the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board (TTAB). Ferguson is one of 32 executives from the travel and tourism sector tapped to offer counsel on current and emerging travel issues. The Board is tasked to advise the Secretary of Commerce on...
Corporate/Convention News
January 5, 2012
Sarasota, Fla. – Miles Media, a destination and hospitality marketing business, has been selected by Destination DC to lead the organization’s efforts to redesign Washington.org. In addition, the official tourism and marketing office for the nation’s capital has asked Miles to develop a new mobile site, oversee efforts to create new content for both channels, and manage a data collection...