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

International Student Tour Operator Sales Mission (Oct. 23-27, France/Germany)
Attendees: Theresa Belpulsi, Lindsay Hill
Destination DC (DDC) hosted its inaugural sales mission targeting international tour operators that facilitate student group travel. The week-long mission touched student tour operators, exchange program companies and associations in Germany and France. Similar missions are planned in China, the UK and Australia.

Honduras FAM (Oct. 26-29, Washington, DC)
Attendees: Linda Horowitz
DDC hosted top Honduran travel agencies as qualified by United Airlines during this FAM, including Geotours, Alcance, Transmundo Travel International, Aladin and Sun Travel. Participating partners included Executive Signature Services, Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Alexandria - Old Town, District ChopHouse, Mastro's Steakhouse, Big Bus Tours DC and Sequoia Restaurant.

Federation of Gay Games – 2017 Annual Meeting (Oct. 26 – Nov. 1, Paris, France)
Attendees: Elliott Ferguson, Theresa Belpulsi, Lawrence Hamm
DC presented its bid to host the Gay Games in 2022 to the Federation of Gay Games. The delegation included Mayor Muriel E. Bowser, DC Council members Jack Evans and Brandon T. Todd, Events DC’s Erik Moses and DC’s Bid Committee Chair Brent Minor. Hong Kong won the honor of hosting the games.

Travel Events and Management in Sports (TEAMS) 2017 Conference & Expo (Oct. 30 – Nov. 2, Orlando, FL)
Attendees: Lawrence Hamm, Christopher Thompson
DDC met with 40 event owners at one of the leading appointment-based trade shows in the sports-event industry. TEAMS facilitated education and networking in sports-related business among national governing bodies, planners, suppliers and industry experts.

China Sales Mission (Oct. 30 – Nov. 3, Beijing, Shanghai, Sanya, China)
Attendees: Elliott Ferguson, Theresa Belpulsi, Melissa Riley, Louis Lu, Lindsay Hill, Vanessa Casas
DDC met with tour operators, education agencies, press, MICE customers and educational travel agencies in DC’s top overseas market. The team also hosted its first advisory retreat, which featured 15 leisure tour operators and five MICE agencies. Topics included the Welcome China program, the nonstop flight to Dulles International Airport from Beijing, Chinese New Year events in DC, sports in the city and obtaining travel visas. Partners included Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants and The Trump International Hotel Washington, DC.

Brazil Sales and Media Mission (Nov. 6-10, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Attendees: Elliott Ferguson, Theresa Belpulsi, Letizia Sirtori, Vanessa Casas
DDC targeted key tour operators and MICE buyers that have business in the U.S. and on the East Coast in collaboration with Dulles International Airport and United Airlines. The itinerary included interviews with local and national media outlets, as well as trainings, meetings and client events.

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