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Experience the power of a partnership with Destination DC
Destination DC offers members connections, visibility, resources and ways to engage to help you grow your business and maximize your role in DC’s $7.1 billion travel and tourism economy.
Meet the right industry professionals to help you grow your business.
Attend member events
Cultivate relationships and build business by attending regular networking and educational events (1-2 per month). Destination DC events are a benefit of your membership, all employees of member organizations are welcome to come learn, network and socialize. Most (but not all) are free of charge.
Showcase your venue or product
Host or sponsor a member event and dazzle Destination DC’s membership with your venue and services. More than 3,000 industry professionals from more than 850 member businesses attend member events annually.
Reach the more than 20 million annual visitors to Washington DC.
Your membership includes listings in Destination DC official publications.
Official Visitors Guide
800,000 printed; 375,000 mailed by request to visitors planning their trips
788,000 viewed online
Event Planning Guide
15,000 printed, nearly 5,000 mailed to industry professionals and meeting planners
9,000 viewed online-over 71,000 page views
Official Visitors Map (does not include a member listing)
2 million/year printed, domestic and international editions
If you would like official Destination DC Publications for your reference or to distribute, please email kova.blake [at] destinationdc.com (Kova Blake), Visitor Services Manager.
Washington.org, the official tourism website for Washington, DC
- Visited by more than 450,000 unique visitors each month, 18.8 million annual page views.
- Members receive a dedicated listing page on washington.org and/or washington.org/meetings (depending on service category).
- Event calendar – add your own tourism-related events to our calendar, one of the most popular features on the site.
Special deals and discounts. Offer special savings to help drive business. (Feature coming soon.)
DDC can help amplify your business online (when your story is relevant to visitors or our industry). Use our hashtags to promote your content, we may like and re-post it or add to our own features. Explore more social media engagement tips.
Facebook: /WashingtonDC (331,000 fans)
Twitter: @WashingtonDC (179,000 followers)
Instagram: @VisitWashingtonDC (40,000 followers)
Facebook: /destinationdc (4,600 fans)
Twitter: @destinationdc (1,700 followers)
LinkedIn: washington.org/linkedin (979 members, official group)
Restaurant desk in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Restaurants within one mile of the convention center can be featured on a restaurant map created especially for convention attendees and distributed by DDC team members who make reservations for visitors during meetings and events.
Members-only information and tools that work for you.
The extranet is your user-friendly platform to update listings, reach convention attendees and respond to leads and referrals.
2-Year convention calendar
This calendar includes confirmed meetings and events. You can plan your strategy, inventory, staffing and outreach when you know who will be in town and when.
Keep your account current by editing your web and/or publication listings, refreshing your amenities and updating staff listings so the right people are in the know.
- Leads and referrals When meeting planners and tour operators are looking for recommendations, they turn to Destination DC. We share those leads and referrals with members, generating a potential pipeline for your business.
- 2-Year convention calendar
Members receive monthly reports to help you understand the market and shape business strategies including:
- Hotel occupancy and ADR
- Domestic and international airport arrivals
- National Park Service and Smithsonian visitation
- Destination DC services including website visits, call center requests and earned media value
Hotel members also receive monthly Sales Reports including:
- Confirmed and lost business
- Pace and booking reports for the convention center and other locations
- TAP report (Trends Analysis Projections)
- Members receive monthly reports to help you understand the market and shape business strategies including:
Members have access to photo archives and Proud To Be a DDC Member logo.
Leverage the DDC team and programs to your business’ benefit.
Talk to us!
We want to help promote your business. Please share your stories. Your account manager can help you find the right Destination DC team member with the expertise to answer any and all of your questions.
Send us your news
Email our danielle.davis [at] destinationdc.com (media relations team) your press releases so we know your key message points, successes and updates to include in media pitches to domestic, international and convention trade as appropriate.
Present at “Stand-Up”
Our team is too big to sit for meetings, so we “Stand-Up” weekly. Come present your product and services at our all-staff meeting so we can support your work across all our departments.
Join our marketing campaigns
At least twice a year we’ll offer special member-focused marketing campaigns such as Spring and Date Nights DC. We provide the outreach, you provide the special content to wow customers.
Familiarization tours (FAMs)
We host more than 50 FAMs a year for tour operators around the globe, journalists and meeting planners. As these eager visitors learn about our city and plan their stories and events, you can be first in line with your products and services. Get to know our marketing, tourism and sales teams and respond “Yes!” when asked to offer services.
Dining and Driving Power
Partners offer complimentary services and interact directly with potential clients and journalists while they are planning events or stories and partners receive detailed information for follow-up.
Cooperative Opportunities (Co-Ops)
Build your business at affordable prices. Destination DC purchases and/or organizes member-only co-op opportunities; members pay to participate with Destination DC at rates far more affordable than these programs would cost individually and in experiences not available to individual businesses.
Hotel Specific Meetings
Destination DC hosts meetings with hotel member directors of sales and marketing for accommodations members to learn about the latest updates, trends and address obstacles to winning meetings business.
Show Your Badge (SYB)
Welcome convention attendees to your business with deals and discounts. SYB is promoted by the Destination DC convention services team to meeting planners.