It’s been a busy spring for our leisure and meetings markets. We hope that all of our members are benefiting from the influx of visitors to the nation’s capital.
Destination DC (DDC) hosted its annual Travel Rally on Tuesday, May 7 at 9 a.m. on Woodrow Wilson Plaza at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. Thank you to Roger Dow of U.S. Travel Association, Chris Thompson of Brand USA, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Brian Kenner and Andrew Gelfuso of TCMA for speaking at the event. We were happy to share that DC welcomed a record 21.9 million domestic visitors in 2018, which is 1.1 million more domestic visitors than 2017. This adds up to economic development. Visitor spending was a record $7.8 billion (up 4.3%), which supported 76,522 local jobs (up 2%) and $851 million in local taxes. Read more here.
We’ve added more neighborhood content to washington.org, where you’ll find great information on Ivy City, Congress Heights and Mount Vernon Square. Summer is also right around the corner and we’re excited to promote the season’s great events, including the 15th edition of the DC JazzFest (June 7-16), the reopening of the Fossil Hall at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (June 8), the By the People festival (June 15-23), the Smithsonian Folklife Festival (June 29-30) and Citi Open (July 27 – Aug. 4).
I will be attending U.S. Travel Association’s IPW 2019 in Anaheim, Ca. from June 1-5, along with several members of the DDC team. As national chair of U.S. Travel Association’s board of directors, I’ll be speaking at the organization’s press conference on June 4. That night, DDC will host its third annual LGBTQ event in conjunction with San Francisco Travel and NYC & Company at the City National Grove of Anaheim.
Read on for more information about current events and programs, recent media coverage and more.
Elliott L. Ferguson, II
President & CEO, Destination DC