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

NCAA Basketball Regional Semi-Final Site Visit (Nov. 28-29, Washington, DC)
Attendee: Lawrence Hamm
NCAA officials came to DC to prepare for the Regional Semi-Final round of the Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament at Capital One Arena next March. The group toured the arena during their visit.

United Airlines DDC Irish Agents FAM (Nov. 29 – Dec. 1, Washington, DC)
Attendees: Letizia Sirtori, Erica Riddle
DDC, in conjunction with United Airlines, brought in a group of top-selling travel consultants from Ireland to Washington, DC. The group was the first to participate in the DDC FAM Photo Contest, a friendly competition designed to encourage people to post about their DC experiences on social media. Participating and featured members included SuperShuttle, Days Inn Connecticut Avenue Hotel, The LINE DC, Lapis, Reston Limousine, Old Town Trolley Tours, Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture, Sweet Home Café, Pearl Street Warehouse, U.S. Capitol Visitors Center, Urban Adventures and Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets.

Washington Nationals Winterfest at Nationals Park (Dec. 1-2, Washington, DC)
Attendees: Lawrence Hamm, Christopher Thompson
The annual weekend-long festival is a celebration of baseball and the holidays with presents and Presidents. This year's Winterfest scene included both indoor and outdoor programs, many only available at Nationals Park.

Volaris Airlines El Salvador FAM (Dec. 3-6, Washington, DC)
Attendees: Erica Riddle, Letizia Sirtori
Volaris Airlines sponsored a group of wholesalers and top producers interested in promoting DC as a leisure destination to experience the city. Volaris started twice-weekly direct flights from El Salvador to DC this past May. Participating and featured members included DC Nation Tours, Courtyard Washington Downtown Convention Center, Pascana DC Tours, Fogo de Chao, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, The Wharf, Succotash, U.S. Capitol Visitors Center, Pinstripes Georgetown and Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets.

New York City Client Event and New York Sales Mission (Dec. 4, New York, NY)
Attendees: Elliott Ferguson, Theresa Belpulsi, Letizia Sirtori, Lindsay Hill, Lawrence Hamm, Christopher Thompson, Ang Li, Jessica Reyes
The New York City sales mission targeted event planners for the five major professional sports leagues in the United States (Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, National Football League, National Hockey League and Major League Soccer), as well as top international and domestic tour operators who sell DC year-round. The mission included meetings, sales calls and a client event at the National Basketball Association Players Association office. The Newseum also participated.

Porter Airlines/Porter Escapes Canada FAM (Dec. 6-8, Washington, DC)
Attendees: Lindsay Hill, Erica Riddle, Theresa Belpulsi
DDC held its first dedicated Canada FAM targeting qualified FIT and group agencies. Participating and featured members included Zbest Worldwide Transportation, USA Guided Tours, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Mi Vida, The Wharf, Supra, Ford’s Theatre, Newseum, Fig and Olive, Ben’s Chili Bowl, Zoolights at Smithsonian’s National Zoo, The Flea Market at Eastern Market, Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens and Tony & Joe’s Seafood Place.

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