Destination DC (DDC) hosted its annual Marketing Outlook Meeting at Arena Stage on Aug. 22. Thanks to our wonderful sponsors and speakers, and thanks for helping us share the great news that DC welcomed a record 22.0 million total visitors in 2016. I’m very proud of this city and its hospitality community. Visit the Member Extranet for more information from the meeting.
We are also hosting Department Dish webinars this week and next. Yesterday, our vice president of tourism and visitor services, Theresa Belpulsi, discussed her department’s approach for the upcoming year. Robin McClain, vice president of marketing and communications, will host a webinar at 11 a.m. tomorrow (register here), while Melissa Riley, vice president of convention sales and services, will host one at 11 a.m. on Sept. 19 (register here). If you miss the live webinars, a recorded version of each will be available within 24 hours on the Member Extranet.
With fall on the way, we’ve outfitted washington.org with content to help visitors build a great seasonal itinerary, including events, deals and plenty of arts and culture. Our Official Visitors Guide for the fall and winter will be in-market (350,000 copies distributed) and online this month.
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