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See what the Destination DC tourism team has been up to.

Basketball Travelers, Inc. Paradise Jam Site Visit (Sept. 22, Washington, DC)
Attendee: Christopher Thompson
Events DC and Destination DC hosted Basketball Travelers, Inc. for a site visit of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for the Paradise Jam college basketball tournament. Paradise Jam is an annual early-season basketball tournament for Division-I men's and women's teams. The event is traditionally hosted at the University of the Virgin Islands Sports & Fitness Center on St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, but due to COVID-19, decision-makers are looking to relocate to the U.S. for 2020. The tournament is scheduled to take place Nov. 26-28 and no spectators will be allowed.

Midwest Virtual Sales Mission (Oct. 12-16)
Attendee: Lindsay Hill
Lindsay will hold one-on-one appointments with group tour operators to provide updates on DC and discuss new itinerary ideas for the future. She will also conduct a client trivia night. All activities will be hosted via Zoom.

Brand USA Travel Week Europe 2020 (Oct. 26-29, Virtual)
Attendee: Letizia Sirtori
Brand USA Travel Week Europe 2020 returns for a second edition and will be hosted on the new Brand USA Global Marketplace. The innovative platform joins the biggest players in the European travel industry to drive growth in the U.S. travel sector. There will be six daily, 13-minute, match-made appointments conducted and additional opportunities to connect with friends and colleagues in the Networking Lounge. In addition to the appointments, the Enrichment Series – innovative speaker sessions – will offer critical market insights from compelling speakers including marketers, strategists and industry leaders. Partners will showcase the diverse destinations, products and services of the U.S. at their customizable Pods, which also offer digital resources with the latest marketing collateral, including video, images and itineraries.

Student and Youth Travel Association (SYTA) Business Appointments (Oct. 27-28, Virtual)
Attendee: Lindsay Hill
Lindsay will attend SYTA’s Business Appointments online, in place of the canceled annual conference that was scheduled for August 2020. Lindsay will meet with student tour operators about future business. 

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