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See what the Destination DC tourism team has been up to.
The tourism team closed 2017 with an inaugural sales blitz in Texas, participation in one of North America’s top industry conventions and FAMs from France and the UK. In addition, Lindsay Hill was lauded as a leader for the next generation in group travel in the January/February 2018 Issue of Groups Today.
Destination DC (DDC) UK Product FAM (Dec. 7-10, Washington, DC)
Attendees: Letizia Sirtori, Linda Horowitz
In partnership with United Airlines, DDC hosted eight travel specialists. The annual FAM showcased DC as a winter destination to our second-largest inbound market. Participating partners included Kimpton Mason & Rook, Birch & Barley / ChurchKey, Rosewood Washington, D.C., Hyatt House Washington DC/Wharf, InterContinental Washington DC - The Wharf, Pinstripes, Reston Limousine, The Phoenix Park Hotel, National 4-H Conference Center, Entertainment Cruises, Big Bus, USA Guided Tours and Leesburg Corner Premium Outlet.
FCM Travel Solutions, France FAM (Dec. 9-11, Washington, DC)
In conjunction with United Airlines, DDC hosted eight sales agents from FCM Travel Solutions, France, the corporate section of the Flight Center Group. The company is ranked as one of the world’s top five travel management companies. Participating partners included The St. Gregory Hotel, Lincoln Restaurant, DC Nation Incorporated, Bike and Roll DC and Morton’s the Steakhouse.
National Tour Association (NTA) Travel Exchange (Dec. 11-14, San Antonio, TX)
Attendees: Lindsay Hill, Letizia Sirtori
The conference provided pre-set business appointments, networking activities and educational sessions. DDC met with 52 group tour operators over 1.5 days and hosted a dine-around dinner and ghost tour with seven partners for 14 clients.
Texas Sales Blitz (Dec. 12-14, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, TX)
Attendee: Lindsay Hill
DDC’s inaugural sales trip to Texas focused on domestic group tour operators in the state’s major cities. These tour operators are primarily domestic student performance companies. Pinstripes also attended the mission.
Check out the full Destination DC Member eNews to learn more about what's going on this month.