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

DDC China Trade Rep Visit (June 13-21, Washington, DC)
Attendee: Taylor Malcolm
Ben Zhen, Destination DC’s (DDC) new China Trade Representative at Sino Media, visited the city to gain a better understanding of our destination. The primary purpose of the trip was to determine how to best promote DC in the Chinese market, as well as spending time with some of our members. Ben is responsible for the day-to-day relationships with all of our tour operator partners in China and conducts sales calls and destination trainings. Participating members included Omni Shoreham Hotel, The Watergate Hotel, Old Town Trolley, Bike and Roll, Urban Adventures Washington DC, U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Entertainment Cruises, National Gallery of Art, Tony and Joe’s Seafood Place, International Spy Museum, ARTECHOUSE, the St. Regis Washington DC, Mount Vernon, ReRen Lamen & Bar and Newseum.

China Trade FAM (June 14-18, Washington, DC)
Attendees: Theresa Belpulsi, Taylor Malcolm, Ang Li
Washington, DC, in partnership with Brand USA and Delta Airlines, welcomed a FAM from China that brought in directors and managers of top tour operators to help the decision makers learn what can be included in their client itineraries. Participating members included Georgetown Suites – 30th Street Hotel, Trump International Hotel, Battle’s Transportation, Reston Limousine, Urban Adventures Washington DC, U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Entertainment Cruises, Omni Shoreham Hotel, National Gallery of Art, Tony and Joe’s Seafood Place, International Spy Museum, ARTECHOUSE and The St. Regis Washington DC.

Transportes Aéreos Portugueses (TAP) Trade FAM (June 16-19, Washington, DC)
Attendees: Lindsay Hill, Erica Riddle
TAP is the flag carrier airline of Portugal, headquartered at Lisbon Airport, which also serves as its hub. TAP started a nonstop service to Dulles International Airport in June. To coincide with the inaugural flight, TAP sent a FAM of eight clients in the travel trade sector and four VIP representatives to experience Washington, DC. Attendees were from several European countries, chosen to showcase TAP Portugal’s flight destinations. Participating members included Georgetown Suites – Harbour Building, DC Nation Tours, Bike and Roll DC, Potomac Riverboat Company, CIRCA at Chinatown, International Spy Museum, the St. Regis Washington, DC, National Museum of African American History and Culture, National Museum of Natural History, National Museum of American History, Trump International Hotel and the Arlington National Cemetery.

Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle (June 22-23, Washington, DC)
Attendee: Lawrence Hamm
For the past 26 years, tens of thousands of people have flocked to our nation’s capital to celebrate the “Official Start of Summer” at the Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle, one of the largest food and music festivals in the country. It’s a celebration of unity, community, inclusiveness and cooperation in DC. Barbecue legends like Myron Mixon, Tuffy Stone, and Moe Cason from TV’s “BBQ Pit Masters Show” competed side-by-side with other top BBQ chefs and teams from around the country.

United Airlines Helloworld FAM (June 22-27, Washington, DC)
Attendees: Lindsay Hill, Erica Riddle
United Airlines and Washington, DC welcomed a group of travel agents from Helloworld Travel, a leading Australian-based travel company. This FAM was an incentive trip for agents who sold the most business to DC for a period in 2019, with four coming from Australia and two from New Zealand. The group was accompanied by one United Airlines representative and one escort from Canuckiwi. Participating members included The Watergate Hotel, Marriott Wardman Park, Reston Limousine, George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Bike and Roll DC, Farmers, Fishers, Bakers, National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington Marriott Georgetown, Potomac Riverboat Company, Kramerbooks and Afterwords Café, The Mayflower Hotel, U.S. Capitol Visitors Center, Augment VR Arcade and Bar, Ben’s Chili Bowl, Washington Walks, Marriott Marquis and Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets.

Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) Washington, DC Weekend (July 6-7, Washington, DC)
Attendee: Lawrence Hamm
Audi Field hosted three PLL games – two games on July 6 and one on July 7. The PLL is a new league featuring 160 of the best lacrosse players in the world. The greater DC region features one of the largest lacrosse fan bases in the U.S. and also an impressive talent pool, making Audi Field an ideal venue for the PLL showcase.

U.S. Soccer Foundation National Training (July 11-14, Washington, DC)
Attendee: Lawrence Hamm
Participants in the national Soccer for Success, train-the-trainer event are now prepared to deliver a certified Soccer for Success Local Training to all coach-mentors in their communities, able to perform Soccer for Success peer-to-peer site visits and are empowered as community change agents. The National Training took place at the Ellipse and the Barry Farm Field at Anacostia.

Welcome China Program
Point of Contact: Ang Li
Highlights of the Welcome China program this month include new member Residence Inn by Marriott—Dupont Circle, and the Omni Shoreham Hotel now accepts Union Pay. Destinations and businesses can demonstrate a strong welcome to Chinese visitors by allowing them to purchase goods and services using popular Chinese payment systems. The Welcome China Program can help Chinese travelers to discover your brand. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Ang for details at ang [at] washington.org.

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