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DC Hospitality Community Joins to Thank Motorcoach Bus Drivers

DC Loves Buses Day event highlights the economic impact of group tours in the city

Washington, DC – Destination DC (DDC), the official destination marketing organization for Washington, DC, today celebrates DC Loves Buses Day. The event shows appreciation for motorcoach drivers who bring group travelers to Washington, DC, contributing to the overall local economy through tourism.


The campaign is designed to welcome and thank group tour operators and bus companies for making Washington, DC one of the top group tour destinations in the U.S. DDC, the District Department of Transportation, National Park Service, National Tour Association, National Mall and Memorial Parks, Union Station Parking Garage, American Bus Association, Student & Youth Travel Association, International Motorcoach Group and the United Motorcoach Association are among the hospitality partners involved.


“Even as the motorcoach industry is challenged by a driver shortage, we know the important role motorcoach drivers play in helping move groups around Washington, DC and their impact on the local economy,” says Elliott L. Ferguson, II, president and CEO of Destination DC. “Today we show our appreciation and give thanks to motorcoach drivers—the unsung heroes who bring the business to our city and have helped drive DC to one of the top group tour destinations in the nation.”


DDC and partners will personally thank motorcoach drivers at key locations in the city including Union Station Parking Garage and motorcoach drop off areas around the National Mall and L’Enfant Plaza. As a thank you to drivers, teams made up of participants of DDC member organizations will provide 200 lunches donated by Carmine’s and Pinstripes and gift bags with Fogo de Chao gift cards and more, and communicate the latest regulations and important industry and safety updates. Those bus drivers following the anti-idling laws will be included in a prize drawing sponsored by DDOT.


In 2022, Destination DC and 26 member organizations distributed 150 lunches and gift bags within three hours.


Group travel is an important segment of tourism to Washington, DC and DDC helps operators with unique itinerary options, activities and resources for planning group and student trips to the nation’s capital. In 2021, DC had 19.1 million visitors, up from 13.3 million visitors in 2020. Spring in Washington, DC is an especially popular time with student group travel and the National Cherry Blossom Festival, this year bringing more than $1 million visitors to the city.


DDC has a Facebook page dedicated to group business, with tips for group tours and attraction information. Learn more and follow us at DC Loves Groups.


About: DDC, the official destination marketing organization for the nation’s capital, is a private, non-profit membership organization 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.

Contact: Susan O’Keefe, media relations manager, trade, 202-789-7079; [email protected]


May 17, 2023

Media Contacts

Danielle Davis
Director of Communications
Susan O'Keefe
Media Relations Manager, Trade
Nicole Nussbaum
International Media Relations Manager
Tyriana Evans
Communications Coordinator