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

Mid-Atlantic Tours & Receptive Services (MARS) FAM (Dec. 12-13, Washington, DC)
Attendee: Lindsay Hill
MARS, a leading group tour company based in Stephens City, Va., sent their staff of 16 agents to experience DC during the holiday season. Destination DC (DDC) organized visits for their team at group-friendly attractions such as Enchant at Nationals Park, Hillwood Estate Museum & Gardens, the National Law Enforcement Museum, the Museum of the Bible, Cuba Libre and the International Spy Museum.

World Squash Federation Men’s World Team Squash Championship (Dec. 15-21, Washington, DC)
Attendee: Lawrence Hamm
On par with the Ryder Cup, the Davis Cup and the World Cup, World Squash Federation Men’s World Team Championship attracts the top talent from around the world to compete on an international stage. Founded in 1970, this bi-annual tournament was held in the U.S. for the first time. DC’s Squash on Fire served as the main hub for the championship, while the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center hosted the final three days of exhibition matches. The 26th edition of the championship featured 23 nations. Egypt defeated England to take home the title.

Events DC Holiday Hoops Fest (Dec. 20-22, Washington, DC)
Attendee: Lawrence Hamm
The second annual Events DC Holiday Hoops Fest returned to the Entertainment and Sports Arena. The 2019 edition featured eight universities: University of Akron, University of William & Mary, Tulane University, Radford University, Richmond University, Towson University, Liberty University and Saint Francis University. The three-day event included a tournament-style format, followed by a four-team doubleheader on Dec. 22. Each day featured two games at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

11th Annual National Title IX Holiday Invitational Conference and Classic (Dec. 27-30, Washington, DC)
Attendee: Lawrence Hamm
The Title IX Classic is a female youth basketball tournament which raises funds to create awareness of the gap between male and female sports at the collegiate level. More than 70 teams, including 1,200 girls from 24 states and Canada, played in nine brackets between five courts over three days at the DC Armory. NCAA, CIAA and NJCAA eligible players competed before a wide range of coaches and scouts seeking to award athletic scholarships to female student athletes -- scholarships made possible because of the passage of Title IX. The invitational is now one of the many girls’ basketball events in the DC area that attract a national field and audience. Students and coaches participated in a companion conference, which focused on learning about Title IX and self-advocation.

Military Bowl (Dec. 27, Annapolis, MD)
Attendee: Lawrence Hamm
The Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman kicked off for the 12th time in December at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, featuring a matchup between representatives from the Atlantic Coast Conference (North Carolina) and the American Athletic Conference (Temple). Organized by the Military Bowl Foundation, the event serves as a premier regional event that benefits the USO and other organizations that support members of the Armed Forces and their families. Since its inception in 2008, the Bowl has donated more than $900,000 to the USO and provided more than 25,000 complimentary tickets for troops and their families.

American Bus Association (ABA) Marketplace (Jan. 10-13, Omaha, Nebraska)
Attendee: Lindsay Hill
This annual tradeshow consisted of one day of pre-scheduled appointments for DMOs, along with educational sessions and networking opportunities. Lindsay held 50 pre-set appointments. DDC also hosted a dine around with a total of 33 tour operators and 15 partners.

Global Marketplace (Jan. 14, Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC)
Attendees: International teams, including internal DDC international trade, MICE and marketing and communications teams as well as international office representatives
Representatives from DDC’s four international offices (UK, Australia, China and India), traveled to DC to take part in DDC's annual Global Marketplace meeting. Members were invited to learn more about DDC's international efforts, as well as insights into these key markets and what steps their businesses can take to welcome visitors and increase their visibility abroad. Partners also had the opportunity to speak with DDC's international representatives directly.

“Finding Santa” on WeChat
Coordinator: Ang Li
In an effort to spread the holiday spirit to potential Chinese travelers on WeChat, DDC hosted “Finding Santa” throughout December, a game that highlighted DDC members who participated in the coupon portion of DDC’s WeChat City Experience Mini Program. Each week, DDC provided a clue to Santa’s location that included a link to the coupon page. Users received prizes by correctly guessing where Santa was hiding. Featured attractions included ARTECHOUSE, Zadig and Voltaire and Matcha Cafe Maiko Tysons Corner.

Welcome China Program
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, Rare Steakhouse and Merzi are now Welcome China Program members.

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