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

China Sales Mission (March 11-16, Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou)
Attendees: Elliott Ferguson, Theresa Belpulsi, Taylor Malcolm, Vanessa Casas, Tara Miller
The international tourism, media relations and MICE teams conducted a mission in DC’s top inbound overseas market, China. The team held trade presentations, in-office trainings, VIP evening events and media interviews. Top tour operators, journalists and MICE clients were included in the itinerary. Partners Kimpton Hotels and the Ritz Carlton Pentagon City joined the mission.

Digital Marketing Conference (March 19-20, Beijing, China)
Attendee: Ang Li
The conference was an opportunity for DDC to learn about digital marketing trends and tools that will attract attention to our city. It’s the first digital marketing conference to illuminate the e-commerce environment in China. Speakers included experts in digital marketing, software, technology, finance and retail.

United Airlines/DDC UK Sales Agents FAM (March 28-31, Washington, DC)
Attendees: Theresa Belpulsi, Letizia Sirtori, Erica Riddle, Taylor Malcolm
DDC, in conjunction with United Airlines, organized a FAM from the United Kingdom that consisted of seven sales agents from agencies based in the UK, a United Airlines representative and DDC's UK account manager. The goal was to showcase the tourism products in DC to these key agents and highlight “the real DC.” Participating members included: SuperShuttle, Hampton Inn Washington DC Convention Center, Farmers & Distillers, Washington DC Urban Adventures, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Sweet Home Café, Lapis, Smithsonian National Zoo, Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington Nationals, The InterContinental Washington D.C. – The Wharf, Kith/Kin, Entertainment Cruises, Potomac Riverboat Company, Carmine’s.

2019 Division I Men's Basketball East Regional Championship (March 29-31, Washington, DC)
Attendees: Lawrence Hamm, Christopher Thompson
The East Regional Championship round of the 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament was held at Capital One Arena. Games included Duke University, Virginia Tech, Michigan State University and Louisiana State University. This is the seventh time that DC hosted the NCAA Tournament since 1998.

NCAA Regional FAM (March 30-April 1, Washington, DC)
Attendees: Lawrence Hamm, Christopher Thompson
The DDC sports team hosted a FAM of 10 VIP sports clients centered around the 2019 Division I Men's Basketball East Regional Championship. The FAM included a tour of DC’s monuments and memorials, a networking event with the city’s key sports stakeholders, a tour of sports venues and attending the NCAA East Regional Championship game (known as the “Elite Eight” round of the tournament) at Capital One Arena.

India Sales Mission (April 1-5, Mumbai/Ahmenabad/Delhi)
Attendees: Elliott Ferguson, Theresa Belpulsi, Lindsay Hill, Vanessa Casas
DDC’s held its first sales mission to India with its new in-country representation, Indiva. The team conducted trade presentations, in-office trainings, VIP dinners and media interviews. Top tour operators and journalists participated. Capital Region USA joined the mission as Destination DC’s partner.

Brand USA Netherlands FAM (April 12-13, Washington, DC)
Attendees: Letizia Sirtori, Erica Riddle
Brand USA organized a product manager familiarization trip from the Netherlands. The event is supported by Delta Airlines / KLM, bringing six top product managers to the city with two hosts. The DC itinerary will be paired with Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia to promote the U.S. to, through and beyond our gateways. Participating members include: The Moxy DC, Succotash, ARTECHOUSE, Washington DC Urban Adventures, Trump International Hotel, The Watergate Hotel, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge (MACC) (April 12-14, Washington, DC)
Attendee: Lawrence Hamm
Held in Baltimore, Md. since 2012, the MACC is moving to the DC Armory for the 2019 competition. The new partnership between Events DC and the MACC comes after significant changes to the 2019 CrossFit Games season, which will now offer the top male, female and team finishers from the 2019 CrossFit Games in Madison, Wisconsin. The event has attracted nearly 800 athletes from over 75 affiliates across the United States and is looking to increase affiliate participation this year.

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