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The tourism team continued to represent Washington, DC both domestically and internationally. Activities included sales missions to China and Europe, attending a leading national sports symposium and hosting FAMs from Germany and Italy.
CRUSA DERPART FAM (March 10-12, Washington, DC)
Attendees: Letizia Sirtori, Linda Horowitz, Lawrence Hamm
Destination DC (DDC), in conjunction with Capital Region USA (CRUSA), hosted a FAM for DERPART, one of Germany's largest and most successful travel sales organizations with over 450 travel agencies. The high-end FAM included managing directors of the largest DERPART franchisers. Participating partners included Execucar, Bike and Roll, the National Gallery of Art, the W Washington DC Hotel, Mastro’s Steakhouse, the Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, the U.S. Capitol and Bolt Burgers.
China Sales Mission (March 26 – April 1, Beijing, Shanghai & Hangzhou, China)
Attendee: Yi Louis Lu
DDC led a sales mission through Beijing, Shanghai and Hangzhou in China to meet with top tour operators and travel agencies. The mission was hosted in partnership with CRUSA and Air China and featured six sales calls as well as three dinners and media interviews. IPW 2017 was also a major discussion point during the mission.
National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC) Sports Event Symposium (March 27-31, Sacramento, CA)
Attendee: Lawrence Hamm
The Sports Event Symposium is the annual meeting of the NASC. Hundreds of sports tourism professionals and industry partners gathered to network and to attend education sessions and business development appointments in the NASC Sports Marketplace. Lawrence conducted 41 appointments with clients.
Europe Sales Mission (April 3-6, Lisbon, Portugal; Barcelona, Spain; Zurich, Switzerland)
Attendees: Elliott Ferguson, Letizia Sirtori
DDC, in partnership with Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) and United Airlines, hosted events in Lisbon, Barcelona and Zurich to promote the return of the seasonal flights in Spain and Portugal and to support the Swiss market. In addition, the team conducted key meetings with tour operators in each city to increase Washington, DC’s presence in these important secondary markets.
Italy/United FAM (April 6-9, Washington, DC)
Attendees: Letizia Sirtori, Linda Horowitz, Lindsay Hill
DDC hosted an Italian FAM in conjunction with United Airlines and MWAA. The FAM, marking the 10-year anniversary of Rome-Dulles flights, featured corporate and leisure sales agents from leading travel management companies in Italy. Participating partners included Fairmont Washington, D.C., Hirshhorn Museum, Washington Hilton, Bike and Roll, the Cherry Blossom Pub, Kapnos, the National Cherry Blossom Festival, the U.S. Capitol, the Watergate Hotel and the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Check out the full Destination DC Member eNews to learn more about what's going on this month.