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Find out what's happening in the Washington, DC tourism and hospitality industry.

January 2022

Zoe Roberts is DDC's new DEI Membership Fellow/Apprentice. Zoe has worked as a hotelier, a healthcare administrative worker and is also an American Experience Foundation alumni. She will be responsible for the coordination and support of the DEI Business Fellowship.

Thanks to Visit Maryland and Virginia Tourism Corporation for joining Destination DC to present the 2022 Student & Youth Travel Association conference this August. To learn more about how your business can get involved, please contact Chelsea Kaiser, senior manager, partnerships.

December 2021

Christen Miller has joined Destination DC (DDC) as its new partnerships and alliances coordinator. Christen previously worked as the development coordinator at SportsPITTSBURGH, a division of VisitPITTSBURGH and most recently served as the development manager at Junior Achievement of Greater Washington. She has received a Master's of Science in Travel and Tourism from Temple University and an undergraduate degree in communication studies from Kent State University. Christen will focus on development relations to support both the American Experience Foundation and the DDC partnerships team.

Congratulations to Tanisha Lewis, promoted to the role of vice president of diversity, inclusion and social impact for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. In this newly created role, Lewis will build a team to deliver strategies and programs related to DEI across the Airports Authority. Lewis is an experienced champion for DC students, having worked with DDC’s American Experience Foundation to create several experiences for the city's High School Academies of Hospitality and Tourism.

The American Experience Foundation attended Concord Share Day on Nov. 18, a day of giving back for Concord Hospitality. The teams at the Canopy by Hilton Washington DC The Wharf and Hyatt House Washington DC The Wharf provided comprehensive tours of their hotels to DC public school Academy of Hospitality and Tourism Students that showcased the details of running a hotel through every department within both hotels.

On Nov. 18, in partnership with NASA and Ben’s Chili Bowl, the American Experience Foundation brought together DC public high school students from the Academies of Engineering within Cardozo Educational Campus, Friendship Technology Preparatory High School, McKinley Technical High School, Phelps High School and Wilson High School for lunch with NASA astronauts from Crew-1.


November 2021


Rachel Bomser has joined Destination DC as its convention sales coordinator. Rachel previously served as an intern for convention sales and services in 2018. She graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in tourism hospitality and event management, with a minor in East Asian languages and literatures (Chinese). Rachel worked as a talent acquisition specialist at Dollywood and while interning at Universal Studios, created an interactive Chinese language and business course to educate teams on how to best communicate with counterparts at the Universal Beijing Resort.

Robert Urteaga has joined Destination DC as its new videographer and asset manager. The role is new to the marketing and communications department and marks the first time the team will offer video services as an in-house creative feature. Robert received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Filmmaking & Video Production from the Art Institute of Washington, most recently worked as a video editor for the Smithsonian Channel and serves as the Director of Photography and Lead Editor of Dishwasher Safe, an award-winning local film collective.

September 2021


Jazzmen Morant, an intern with the American Experience Foundation in 2020 and 2021 (sponsored by Urban Alliance), studies at Howard University, where she majors in pre-law criminal justice. Even with the challenges of an all-digital format, Jazzmen was named the 2021 Urban Alliance Washington, DC Intern of the Year. “I'm so thankful for everything the team has done for me,” Morant said. “You helped me improve myself, giving me great advice, helping me connect with professionals and believing in my abilities and future success.”

August 2021


Dani Campana, membership manager at Destination DC, was selected for the U.S. Travel Association's 2021 Destinations Council Emerging Leaders program at ESTO, which took place in Los Angeles, Ca. from Aug. 15-17. The year-long program provides destination marketing professionals who are early in their careers with unique opportunities to grow leadership skills and advance their careers in the travel industry. "I'm honored to be a part of this incredible program," said Campana. "I cannot wait to learn from U.S. Travel board members and network with other emerging industry professionals."


July 2021


Destination DC President & CEO Elliott Ferguson received the Destinations International Destination Organization Leadership Award for 2021. This award was created in 2017 and is amongst the association's most prestigious honors, recognizing those outstanding individuals who, through their exceptional work and achievements, have made a significant contribution to the destination marketing and management industry and a profound difference in the communities they serve.

June 2021


Samuel Thomas, formerly the senior vice president and general manager of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for 14 years, has been promoted to chief operating officer for Events DC. Thomas will have responsibility and oversight for all Events DC venue operations across all of its lines of business.


Chinyere Hubbard, formerly the vice president of communications & marketing for Events DC for nearly 13 years, has been promoted to senior vice president, communications and marketing. Hubbard will be responsible for marketing, communications and community engagement.

Check out the full Destination DC Member News to learn more about what's going on this month.

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