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MWAA/United Airlines Madrid Agents FAM (Sept. 20-23, Washington, DC)
Attendees: Letizia Sirtori, Erica Riddle
Destination DC (DDC) welcomed a group of travel agents from Madrid to the District. These agents generally have one-day DC itineraries for their clients, but DDC showcased what can be done over several days in the city. In the end, the Spanish agents left with enhanced knowledge of DC’s tourism products, as well as new contacts from participating members, including Reston Limousine, Kimpton George Hotel, Flight Wine Bar, WashingTours & Events, The Liaison Capitol Hill, the Washington Nationals, Osteria Morini, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, The Embassy Row Hotel, Sequoia and Brighton SW1.
Entertainment and Sports Arena Ribbon Cutting Ceremony (Sept. 22, Washington, DC)
Attendees: Elliott Ferguson, Lawrence Hamm, Christopher Thompson, Kate Gibbs
The Entertainment and Sports Arena is the practice facility for the Washington Wizards and the home court for both the Washington Mystics and the NBA G-League’s Capital City Go-Go. The 4,200-seat venue is located on the former St. Elizabeths Hospital campus, near the Congress Heights Metro station. Local artist Wale (performed Oct. 5), Grammy-winner Mary J. Blige (performed Oct. 6) and indie rock band Cage the Elephant (Oct. 13) kick off the arena’s opening concert lineup.
SportsTravel TEAMS 2018 Conference & Expo (Oct. 1-4, Louisville, KY)
Attendees: Elliott Ferguson, Theresa Belpulsi, Lawrence Hamm, Christopher Thompson
TEAMS is the world’s leading conference and expo for the sports-event industry, attracting more than 1,000 attendees, including CEOs, executive directors and event managers from sports organizations, as well as representatives from sports commissions and convention bureaus, corporate sponsors, event suppliers and other hospitality industry opinion leaders. DDC held a client dinner in addition to meeting with customers during the appointment-based trade show.
Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) & United Airlines Barcelona Agents FAM (Oct. 4-7, Washington, DC)
Attendees: Letizia Sirtori, Erica Riddle, Jessica Reyes
Organized by MWAA and United Airlines, a group of Barcelona-based travel agents visited DC with the goal of increasing Spanish tourism in the DC area. DDC’s tourism team showcased a variety of Spanish-language attractions and options in DC. Participating members included Reston Limousine, The Hamilton Hotel, POV Rooftop Lounge and Terrace, DC Urban Adventures, George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Trump International Hotel, National Museum of African American History and Culture, China Chilcano, Newseum, Entertainment Cruises.
MWAA United Airlines DERPART FAM (Oct. 11-14, Washington, DC)
Attendees: Theresa Belpulsi, Erica Riddle, Jessica Reyes, Christopher Thompson, Lindsay Hill
The tourism team is welcoming travel agents based in Germany through the United Airlines DERPART FAM. The goal is to familiarize DERPART MfG travel agents with DC as a business travel destination, enhance product and general destination knowledge and increase and stimulate future demand. Participating members include Kimpton Hotels, Charlie Palmer Steakhouse, Bike and Roll DC, Capital Hilton, Farmers Fishers Bakers, Trip Hacks DC and DC United.
Check out the full Destination DC Member eNews to learn more about what's going on this month.