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International Customer & Buyer Testimonials

International convention attendees on tour of the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC

Washington, DC is a place where international meetings thrive and our customers and buyers agree.

“Our goal for this year’s World Gas Conference was to put on a world-class event in a world-class city. We exceeded that goal. The Walter E. Washington Convention Center is the most impressive venue that has hosted any of our conferences. Destination DC and Events DC have truly exceptional, friendly and professional teams. All of our thousands of attendees were thrilled with being in Washington, DC for this year’s conference.” – Jay Copan, WGC 2018

“Washington, DC, provides a terrific opportunity for families to enjoy all that the city has to offer and for earth and space scientists to connect with not only their disciplinary communities at the meeting, but also the larger global science policy community located in the DC region.” - Lauren Parr, American Geophysical Union

“DC provides direct access to our government clients and commercial customer base. Our meeting is part technical and part exhibit, so it was important to have the proximity to our industry base. When you add in Washington, DC’s natural appeal of free things to do, outstanding restaurants and its state-of-the-art convention center, there was no question about selecting DC for The Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers’ (IEEE) International Microwave Symposium.” - Sanjay Raman, IMS 2024

“When placing events in unfamiliar territory, it is important that event organisers have 100% confidence in the people we choose to collaborate with. From the moment we touched down, Destination DC orchestrated a programme that displayed creativity, personality, insight and execution. Showing off the ‘best bits’ of an iconic city is no simple feat, but Destination DC captured key elements suiting all budgets, group sizes and tastes. I would have no hesitation in recommending Destination DC and very much look forward to working with them personally.” – Matthew Curran, Corporate Hospitality & Events Worldwide (CHEW)

“There are a variety of activities and venue options in Washington, DC to form an exciting event programme around. Most impressive to me are the great conference facilities for large groups and the water activities available in DC, which add a special element to any experience. Destination DC is a super smooth organization and created a very well-planned itinerary filled with a good mix of activities, dining and time to explore on our own.” - Iona Roberts, Black Tomato Agency

“My trip to Washington, DC was an unforgettable experience. The city has so much to offer and I’d go back in a heartbeat. My experience working with Destination DC was flawless and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend using them for any of my colleagues.” – Phil Keeling, CWT Meetings & Events

“DC has such a diverse range of hotel and venue offerings. The fact that you can go from a built-up business area to a waterfront setting within minutes is wonderful and opens up lots of opportunities to event planners to keep our attendees interested and motivated throughout multiple day events. The city is also so clean - I feel safe walking around day and night, which is very important for delegates. Destination DC’s team is amazing, flawless and totally unbiased. I couldn’t even suggest any improvements. They do an amazing job educating on the location, venues, and suppliers.” – Deborah Babbage, AIMA

“Microsoft Inspire convenes over 18,000 people annually, with 70% of those attendees from outside the U.S. Washington, DC has the infrastructure, history, culture and friendliness to make it a great destination for an international event. It’s a place where business gets done regardless of industry or where you are from.” - Dean Armintrout, Microsoft Inspire

“There’s a certain aura about Washington, DC, from a cultural perspective, especially for international delegates. If people have a free afternoon, there’s a lot to enjoy, from the museums on the National Mall to a variety of neighborhoods within walking distance.” - Pamela Ballinger, American Association for Cancer Research