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Fall 2017 Meeting Planner Newsletter
DC’s Unique Venues
During IPW 2017, 10 CVBs contacted Destination DC (DDC) to utilize the local expertise of its convention sales and services team. In turn, the team booked two hotels, seven venues, 10 restaurants and the convention center for fellow CVB events. Booking is always made easier by DC’s numerous venue options, which range in size and spectacle. Learn more about some of the city’s most incredible spaces to host a meeting or event.
How CVBs Can Benefit You
CVBs and DMOs are here to help you put together the best meeting or event possible. Destinations International, the largest and most reliable resource for destination organizations in the world, has built a portal to connect you and your fellow meeting planners to these organizations. Check out empowerMINT.com and start planning your next jaw-dropping event.
DC’s Hotel Tax Increase
The DC Council’s FY2018 budget, which begins on Oct. 1, 2017, includes a small increase of the hotel tax from 14.5% to 14.8%. For example, taxes on a daily room rate of $100 will increase from $14.50 to $14.80. The new rate is similar to most other major U.S. cities. The increase will go directly to DDC, helping to expand our efforts to sell and promote Washington, DC.
On Oct. 12, the incredible transformation of DC’s Southwest Waterfront debuts when phase one of The Wharf opens. The mile-long $2.5 billion development includes three new hotels, three music venues (including Anthem, which will seat 6,000), roughly 20 restaurants and water taxi service. New rooftop and waterfront event spaces come with sweeping views of the Potomac River.
Welcoming International Visitors
Washington, DC welcomes all legitimate international travelers to meet in the nation’s capital. However, there’s no doubt that factors within the current administration’s policies are impacting the travel industry. Learn more about efforts with the U.S. Travel Association and other industry stakeholders to welcome customers to the District.
Utilizing the knowledge capital in Washington, DC, DDC engages our local industry experts to chair and/or serve on its Ambassador Circle. The group is focusing on recruitment in the innovation/technology, biotech/pharma, medical and education fields. Check out the webpage for details and testimonials, and click below to learn how you can become a part of the prestigious group.