Happy spring! The National Cherry Blossom Festival is just around the corner, featuring exciting virtual and in-person events from March 20 through April 11. You can read up on what’s planned in our spring content for washington.org, including marquee events, can’t-miss food and drink and the most up-to-date information on the blossoms. Please also look for the spring edition of our Official Visitors Guide, as print and online versions will be available next week.
In that seasonal spirit, please ensure that you continue to submit Spring Deals through the Member Extranet. You can also submit summer deals, and we continue to promote Stay Local DC discounts. In addition, I recommend signing up for our new DC on the Go-Go newsletter, a bi-weekly e-mail geared to locals featuring things to do, places to eat and deals.
On the recovery front, the Hospitality Alliance, comprised of Destination DC (DDC), Events DC, Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington and the Hotel Association of Washington, D.C., is working diligently together on DC’s strategic recovery plan as we focus on rebounding in the coming months. Know that we are communicating daily with local officials to gain clarity as to the next steps of reopening, and Mayor Bowser has announced that certain restrictions could be eased as early as next week.
To support your business, DDC has waived membership dues for three months for hotels and for 12 months for other businesses over the past year. In a commitment to our members, DDC will waive another three months of dues for non-accommodation businesses, with billing resuming in July. DDC has also offered a free membership trial for first-time, non-accommodation businesses; this will continue until the end of June.
Read on for more information about current events and programs, recent media coverage and more, and take time to review the latest visitor research to help you plan.
Elliott L. Ferguson, II
President & CEO, Destination DC