Yesterday, Destination DC (DDC) unveiled 2016 domestic tourism numbers at our annual Travel Rally held at the National Building Museum. For the seventh consecutive year, DC saw increased domestic visitation, as 20 million people came to the District, resulting in $7.3 billion in total visitor spending and 74,654 jobs supported by tourism. I was happy to speak about this wonderful accomplishment alongside U.S. Travel Association President & CEO Roger Dow, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority President & CEO Jack Potter and Events DC President & CEO Greg O’Dell. I’d like to thank Chase Rynd, Executive Director of the National Building Museum, and his team for hosting us, as well as all of our members who attended.
Please be sure to check out the summer content available on washington.org, which includes articles on can’t-miss festivals in DC, free and almost free things to do, top running spots, rooftop experiences and member deals. We also have all the holidays covered, including Memorial Day, which is just around the corner.
In 24 days, we will be hosting the world during IPW (June 3-7). DC will welcome 6,300 delegates from 75 countries to the U.S. Travel Association’s annual meeting, the largest single generator of travel to the U.S. Find out all you need to know about the special event at washington.org/ipw2017. And if you are interested in volunteering, please sign up as soon as possible.
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 On the Road & What's in Town section.
Elliott L. Ferguson, II
President & CEO, Destination DC