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Spring 2018 Meeting Planner Newsletter
2018 Year of Firsts
In 2018, Washington, DC welcomes 22 citywide conventions with 444,930 total room nights and an economic impact of $361 million. First-time citywide conferences and events include the World Conference of the International Gas Union (June 25-29) and American Geophysical Union’s Fall Meeting (Dec. 10-14).
2018 PCMA Convening Leaders
Destination DC (DDC) and Events DC partnered with PCMA at this year’s Convening Leaders annual conference. DDC leveraged its sponsorship of the “Future of Face2Face: Barista Art Bar,” an area of the conference dedicated to bringing more tech business to the city. The team also highlighted DC while introducing several speakers and Melissa Riley, DDC’s vice president of convention sales and services, participated in a panel on meetings and intellectual capital.
Convention Sales & Services Adds New Talent
DDC’s convention sales and services department has recently recruited the industry’s latest talent to fill five key staff positions. Read on to learn more about these new hires who will help customers experience the Washington, DC difference.
Access, Ideas & Innovation in a Knowledge Hub
As the #1 most educated city, home to more than 27,000 cybersecurity jobs in the country and a top city for women in tech, discover how Washington, DC offers a value-added approach for meetings and conventions, especially for organizations within the technology, biotech/pharmaceutical, education and medical spaces.
New International Air Service
Washington, DC will see new nonstop air service from key international markets including China and India. The city will work with Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority and various airways to promote the new air lift, including:
- El Salvador via Volaris: May 2018
- Edinburgh, Scotland via United Airlines (seasonal, May 23 to Oct. 4, 2018)
- London Stansted Airport on Primera Air: August 2018
- Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific: September 2018
Welcoming International Delegates
Washington, DC continues to welcome all legitimate international travelers to meet in the nation’s capital. The Visit U.S. Coalition, launched by the U.S. Travel Association in January 2018, is a multi-industry effort that will continue to work with the Trump administration to reverse the decline in America’s share of the global long-haul travel market. Learn more about DDC’s efforts with industry stakeholders to welcome customers to the District.