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Industry Buzz

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

DDC Staff Highlights

DDC’s marketing & communications department proudly welcomed Grace Leahy as its new digital content coordinator. Grace has worked as a freelance designer and illustrator and brings experience in the film and TV industries.


Member Highlights 

Kennedy Center - Ellington 125 Events

Throughout the 2023–2024 season, the Kennedy Center commemorates Duke Ellington’s 125th birthday with institution-wide celebrations of the American icon who changed how the world heard music. An outstanding musician, charismatic band leader and prolific composer, the Washington, DC native was an innovator across an expansive and eclectic range of styles…from pop and theatrical to swing, fusion and beyond. See what’s coming and join the party! 


Congrats to the Flave App, a DEI Business Fellow, for Working With Cherry Blossom Festival 

“This Spring 2024, local restaurants across Washington, DC and the surrounding areas will showcase their best springtime menu items through Cherry Picks in conjunction with the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington. Snap, eat and earn with the Flave App, the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s new #eatfirst partnership. The Flave app turns your foodie passion into a rewarding experience. With Flave, every photo of food or drink captured at a Cherry Pick restaurant turns into points that are used to redeem exclusive rewards. The app helps foodies discover new places on a feed that highlights posts within the foodie community. Flave brings people together to explore the culinary wonders around them while supporting local businesses.” 


New DDC Members

Convention Services
AGU Conference Center

A net zero energy facility showcasing sustainable and state-of-the-art tech in an inspiring and comfortable workspace.


AFR Event Furnishings
Exquisite furniture and accessories rental for special events, corporate meetings, weddings, conferences and trade shows nationwide. 


Collective Approach
An event-meeting planning service operating in the DC Metro Area.


Industrious Office
Professional and thoughtfully designed, our flexible workplaces support teams of all sizes and stages.


Roaming Hunger
Offers food truck catering and experiential marketing services.  


Tatte Catering
Inspired gatherings with thoughtfully curated menus for every occasion; elevating the meal to a remarkable shared experience.    


Villa Yara

A Lebanese Restaurant & Garden located in Georgetown.    


A 6,500 square foot modern art-centric event space.  


See and Do
Black Broadway in Washington, DC

Journey through one of Washington, DC's most historical and unique neighborhoods on a guided walking tour led by local journalist and author.     


Diplomatic-Duty Free Shop
Our store has weekly in-store events for embassies and other international organizations, where everyone is welcome.  


J Studio
Nestled within a building of over 50 art studios, J Studio is the perfect intimate venue to relax and help foster your team’s creative side.    


A luxury I-71 gifting experience. Now open in the heart of Mount Vernon Triangle. Ignite your curiosity through culture, earth and apparel.


Monumental Tours
We can arrange both transportation and tour services for groups of any size. Corporate events are one of our specialties.


Pascana DC Tours
Offers guided tours in Spanish and Portuguese for families, travel agencies and tour operators in Washington, DC and Annapolis, MD.    


Underground Donut Tours
Plan your next event with the Underground Donut Tour. We cater to small and large private and corporate groups. Reach out today for a custom quote.    


Black Hawk Sedans

When in need of airport transportation, corporate impression or customer-directed drives, their top-quality chauffeurs will exceed your every need.    


K&V Limousine Service
Provides transportation options tailored to group needs.    


Martz Bus Trailways
Streamline event logistics with Martz Bus charter service. From weddings to corporate outings, we'll get your guests there comfortably and on time. 


American Experience Foundation

Support Students & Save at ARTECHOUSE
Enter a mesmerizing universe fusing art, technology and tradition at ISEKAI: Blooming Parallel Worlds (March 9 – June 1, 2024), as ARTECHOUSE brings the enchanting beauty of cherry blossoms to life through alternative universes filled with adventure and wonder.

Through this exclusive link, save 10% off your ticket purchase with a portion of ticket proceeds benefiting AEF. Thank you to ARTECHOUSE for its continued partnership.

Starr Tours
Three of the Academies of Hospitality & Tourism (Ballou High School, River Terrace Education Campus and Idea Public Charter School) hit the road on a hop on hop off DC tour with Starr Tours this month.
They learned how to plan a bus tour in DC and visited the monuments and the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Students also took a behind the scenes tour of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center from executive chef Houman Gohary that showcased the culinary team’s preparations for upcoming events.

Thank you for playing! 
The annual DDC Member Volleyball Tournament was a huge success. Twenty DC hospitality industry teams went head-to-head on the court. Thank you to the participants and pep rally members. With your support, we raised funds to support three scholarship awards this year.
Congratulations to the winning AEF Wild Cards, representing, Swingers the Crazy Golf Club, Chip Dizard Studios, TeRiBeLbLuE and Mangia Food Tours.
An honorable mention goes to the team with the most funds raised: Link Strategic Partners.
Thank you to supporting partners Capitol Hill Volleyball Classic, Events DC and Aramark, and to friends Raising Canes, Modern Music Box, Vida Fitness, Deluca Massage & Body Work and Tap Snap.

Get Your Tickets Now for July 4th VIP Celebration! 
Join DDC and our affiliated 501(c)(3) charity, the American Experience Foundation (AEF), for an exclusive Washington, DC celebration this July 4th! With a perfect view of the fireworks, this event is the best place to celebrate and give back to DC students. The private rooftop party will have food, drinks, music and access to air conditioning. Bring your friends and family and celebrate with us!
Individual, family and party packs of tickets are available.


DDC Careers

Check out DDC's latest job openings and share with your networks and colleagues.


Industry Careers

Search or add your job openings to the DC travel, tourism and hospitality careers page. Email your company name, job title and link to [email protected]. Positions will be posted for 30 days. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected]. Additionally, visit the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington's for more hospitality jobs. 


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

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