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

Brussels Airlines Belgium FAM (Oct. 18-20, Washington, DC)
Attendee: Erica Riddle
Brussels Airlines sent 10 travel agents and one key account manager from Lufthansa Group to Washington, DC for a FAM trip. This mix of corporate and leisure agents expressed interest in returning to and spending more time in DC. Organizations in attendance for this FAM included Connections, BCD Travel, AA BTS Travel, Penta Reizen and Egencia. Partners included the Cambria Hotel & Suites Convention Center, Bike and Roll DC, Mi Vida Restaurante, The Watergate Hotel, Newseum, The Phoenix Park Hotel, Zbest Worldwide Transportation, and U.S. Capitol Visitors Center.

Brand USA Korea FAM (Oct. 18-20, Washington, DC)
Attendees: Taylor Malcolm, Theresa Belpulsi, John Kim
Brand USA organized a CEO FAM trip from Korea that included a visit to Washington, DC during their time in the United States. The FAM was supported by Korean Airlines and brought together 10 CEOs from top tour operators, Korean Airlines and Brand USA Korea to experience all that DC has to offer. The organizations in attendance have already begun organizing product development to include DC in future tours. Agencies in attendance included Verygood Tour, Webtour, Lotte Tour, Yellow Balloon Tour, KRT, Hana Tour, Modetour Network, My Real Trip, Korean Air, and Brand USA Korea. Partners included USA Guided Tours, InterContinental Washington DC – The Wharf, Trump International Hotel, Kimpton Hotel Monaco, Anju, Mandu, Old Korean Legation Museum, Hans Travel, Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and Birch & Barley.

Washington International Horse Show (Oct. 22-27, Washington, DC)
Attendees: Lawrence Hamm, Christopher Thompson
The Washington International Horse Show, an equestrian tradition since 1958, is the country's leading metropolitan indoor horse show and a highlight of the equestrian year. Top riders, including celebrated Olympic veterans and their world-class horses, came together at Capital One Arena for six days of thrilling show jumping and hunter and equitation competition.

Travelbrands Travel Agent Training Webinar (Oct. 24, Washington, DC/Canada)
Attendee: Lindsay Hill
Lindsay Hill conducted a training webinar for travel agents selling products within the Travelbrands collection. Approximately 100 agents attended the webinar to learn more about Washington, DC and the different activities, hotels and restaurants that are available to travelers. Attendees were incentivized with the chance to win a two-night trip to DC, with a hotel certificate provided by The Hampton Inn Convention Center.

Visit USA Australia/New Zealand FAM (Oct. 24-30, Washington, DC)
Attendees: Lindsay Hill, Erica Riddle, Theresa Belpulsi
Visit USA partnered with American Airlines to offer an exclusive incentive opportunity for travel agents in Australia and New Zealand to ‘Sell their Way to the USA’. The agents who sold the most trips to five U.S. destinations earned a spot on one of five familiarization tours, with one of the five prize locations being Washington, DC. Three top-selling agents in the Australian market who focus on selling the United States as a whole attended the FAM. Although it was the first time in DC for two of the agents, all three were looking to enhance their first-hand knowledge of the city's tourism product. Companies in attendance included Travel Associates, Travel Managers and Flight Centre. Partners included Canopy by Hilton Washington DC Embassy Row, Iron Gate Restaurant, Bike and Roll DC, The St. Regis Washington, DC, Lapis, Washington DC Urban Adventures, U.S. Capitol Visitors Center, Library of Congress, Dacha Navy Yard, Pinstripes, Washington Walks, Birch & Barley, Days Inn by Wyndham Washington DC Connecticut Avenue, Omni Shoreham Hotel, Smithsonian National Zoo, Washington National Cathedral, George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Visit Alexandria, Arlington National Cemetery, Farmers & Distillers, The Watergate Hotel and Tanger Outlets National Harbor.

2019 MLB World Series: Washington Nationals vs. Houston Astros (Oct. 25-27, Washington, DC)
Attendees: Lawrence Hamm, Christopher Thompson
For the first time since 1933, the year’s most anticipated baseball event came to Washington, DC, which brought a weekend of exciting action as the Washington Nationals took on the Houston Astros in the World Series. The Nationals and the city of DC welcomed fans of the national pastime from across the globe, with games 3-5 held at Nationals Park. On Oct. 30, the Nats won the series, bringing the first World Series championship to DC since 1924.

44th Marine Corps Marathon (Oct. 27, Washington, DC)
Attendees: Lawrence Hamm, Christopher Thompson
The Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) is annually ranked as one of the largest marathons in the U.S. and the world. Motivated individuals run the MCM as a tribute to a loved one serving this country or in memory of their sacrifice. Organized by the men and women of the United States Marine Corps, the MCM celebrates the honor, courage and commitment of all finishers. The MCM welcomes those finding a new path to fitness and those simply seeking to conquer a distance that once seemed impossible. Held in Arlington, Va., National Harbor, Md. and the nation’s capital, the MCM hosted runners from all 50 states and more than 60 countries.

Double 11 Campaign Introduction Webinar (October 30, 2019) Washington, DC
Attendees: Ang Li, Taylor Malcolm
Ang Li presented a webinar with key updates and information to 15 Welcome China hotel members before the launch of the Double 11 campaign. The webinar was beneficial to the participants because it provided a deeper look into the campaign, including how to utilize the program to its full potential. Double 11 is the biggest shopping holiday of the year in China, and this campaign was developed to push hotel bookings for the 2020 Chinese New Year, occurring Jan. 6 – Feb. 15. DDC, Tuniu (one of China’s leading tour operators) and WeChat (China’s leading social media channel) teamed up for the first time for this campaign.

Ontario Motorcoach Association (OMCA) Annual Conference/Canada Sales Blitz (Nov. 3-7, Ottawa & Toronto, Canada)
Attendee: Lindsay Hill
DDC traveled to Canada to participate in the 2019 OMCA annual conference in Ottawa. The 40 pre-set appointments were held during the DMO appointment day with other activities including networking events and educational sessions. Show attendees included senior and student tour operators throughout Ontario. Lindsay met with six clients in Ottawa and Toronto in an additional two days of appointments focused on group tour operators.

American Airlines El Salvador FAM (Nov. 6-10, Washington, DC)
Attendees: Erica Riddle, Letizia Sirtori
American Airlines organized a FAM with first-time visiting travel agents from El Salvador this fall. The agents were representatives of U Travel Service, a division of Carlson Wagonlit Travel and an IATA accredited agency, which focuses on providing comprehensive, high quality travel planning assistance to business and corporate clients while also assisting FIT and groups in their travel planning needs. Partners included Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC U.S. Capitol, Urban Adventures Washington DC, Old Ebbitt Grill, Supra, U.S. Capitol Visitors Center, Newseum, The Watergate Hotel, Library of Congress and Union Market.

SportsTravel TEAMS ’19 Conference & Expo (Nov. 11-14, Anaheim, CA)
Attendees: Lawrence Hamm, Christopher Thompson
TEAMS is the world’s leading conference and expo for the sports-event industry. Now in its 19th year, TEAMS has helped define the sports-event and appointment-based trade show industries. DDC is conducting 40 meetings over three days and hosting 10 clients for a dinner with its sports and leadership team. Launched in 1998, TEAMS attracts more than one thousand attendees including CEOs, executive directors and event managers from sports organizations. Representatives from sports commissions and convention bureaus, corporate sponsors, event suppliers and other hospitality industry opinion leaders are also in attendance.

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