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United Bid 2026 Submission
Attendee: Lawrence Hamm
Canada, Mexico and the U.S. officially submitted a bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup. Washington, DC has been proposed as a game site within the bid. North America is competing with Morocco and the winning destination will be announced on June 16.
Wales v. South Africa Reception (March 22, Washington, DC)
Attendees: Theresa Belpulsi, Lawrence Hamm
Destination DC (DDC) joined staff from both teams during site visits of the host hotel and practice facilities in preparation for the highly anticipated match on June 2 at RFK Stadium. The team also held a reception at City Tap House.
United Airlines/UK FAM (March 23-26, Washington, DC)
Attendees: Theresa Belpulsi, Letizia Sirtori, Linda Horowitz
In conjunction with Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) and United Airlines, DDC hosted a FAM featuring six product/marketing decision makers from some of the top performing partners in Scotland. Invited companies included Barrhead, If Only, Travel 2, Mainstreet, Hays and Trailfinders. Participating partners included Kimpton Palomar Hotel, Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe, USA Guided Tours, Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, Carpe DC Food Tours and Monumental Sports and Entertainment.
Active America China (March 24-27, Atlanta, GA)
Attendee: Yi Louis Lu
For the second year, DDC attended the only show in North America that is fully dedicated to building inbound Chinese tourism. DDC served as a supplier promoting Washington, DC to receptive and tour operators.
United Airlines Italy FAM (March 25-27, Washington, DC)
Attendees: Linda Horowitz, Letizia Sirtori, Francesca Linocci, Jessica Reyes
DDC partnered with MWAA and United Airlines to host a FAM featuring six corporate and leisure tour operators. The goal was to promote IAD within Italian trade and corporate agencies. Participating partners included Kimpton Rouge Hotel, U.S. Capitol & Capitol Visitor Center, USA Guided Tours, City Segway Tours of Washington, DC, National Gallery of Art, Reston Limousine, Monumental Sports and Entertainment, Kimpton Mason & Rook Hotel, El Centro DF, DC by Foot Tours and Trump International Hotel.
CRUSA Hainan Trade FAM (April 2, Washington, DC)
Attendees: Theresa Belpulsi, Letizia Sirtori, Louis Lu
DDC, in conjunction with Capital Region USA (CRUSA), hosted a FAM of eight senior managers from leading agencies in Sichuan, China. The purpose was to promote the destination and design products to be sold during the school summer vacation. Participating partners included Fogo De Chao and the U.S. Capitol & Capitol Visitor Center.
Brand USA Australia/New Zealand - American Airlines Product FAM (April 6-9, Washington, DC)
Attendees: Elliott Ferguson, Theresa Belpulsi, Letizia Sirtori, Linda Horowitz
DDC partnered with Brand USA and American Airlines to host a FAM that consisted of four product managers from Australia and New Zealand. Participating partners included the Omni Shoreham Hotel, Reston Limousine, City Segway Tours of Washington DC, Gordon Biersch, the Washington Nationals, Trump International Hotel, the Washington Hilton, Ben’s ChiIi Bowl and Fiat Luxe Tours.
CRUSA China Sales Mission (April 9-13, Beijing, Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Shenzhen)
Attendee: Yi Louis Lu
DDC is participating in CRUSA’s sales mission to China to promote DC as a destination to Chinese tour operators and clients.
Check out the full Destination DC Member eNews to learn more about what's going on this month.