Member eNews

September 2020

Dear Members,

On Sept. 2, Destination DC (DDC) hosted its annual Marketing Outlook Meeting virtually for the first time, with roughly 1,100 people tuning in. During our presentation, we shared that DC once again saw record visitation in 2019, with 24.6 million visitors in total. We also announced visitation and hotel forecasts and sales and marketing efforts to keep DC top of mind for visitors.Additionally, each department hosted a Q&A session to further illuminate our plans for the upcoming year. You can view all of the Marketing Outlook Meeting presentations online and log onto the Member Extranet for other key materials. Please also make sure to update your listing.

We’re pleased as more of our museums, hotels, restaurants and attractions reopen. Check out washington.org for new fall content, where we share how visitors can enjoy the season in the nation’s capital with safety in mind. Our #DCtogether page is another resource for virtual and in-person events.

As the pandemic continues, DDC is here to provide our members further relief towards recovery. We will be waiving an additional six months of member dues for non-hotel members (through March 2021). In total, this will mark a full year’s worth of relief as we navigate COVID-19 and its impact.

Finally, please mark your calendars for the all-virtual Rammys on Sunday in celebration of our incredible restaurant industry and DC JazzFest, which runs from Sept. 24-28. The annual event will offer a robust schedule of virtual performances from internationally renowned jazz musicians, as well as music education programs.

Read on for more information about current events and programs, recent media coverage and more.

Also, make sure to review our monthly visitor statistics and to check out upcoming events and conventions in the Convention Sales and Services section.

Kind regards,

Elliott L. Ferguson, II
President & CEO, Destination DC
Elliott [at] washington.org

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