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DDC Announces Tourism Growth Strategies at 2022 Marketing Outlook Meeting
During the Marketing Outlook Meeting held on Aug.31 at the rebranded Waldorf Astoria Washington DC, DDC announced efforts to continue the city’s business and leisure travel recovery. Elliott L. Ferguson, II, DDC’s president and CEO, outlined strategies across sales and marketing following the announcement of data that shows Washington, DC welcomed 19.1 million total visitors in 2021, up from 13.3 million visitors in 2020. Guest speakers included Geoff Freeman, incoming president and CEO of U.S. Travel, Mayor Muriel Bowser and Amanda Hite, president and CEO of STR. Click here to read the press release.

DDC Welcomes New Fall Apprentice
Reem Aljebrin joins DDC as an apprentice through the organization's partnership with Tourism Diversity Matters. Reem is a graduate of George Washington University with a Masters in Tourism Administration (MTA), where she worked on building strong sustainable proposals for destinations that included Guyana, New York and Iceland.


DDC, partners celebrate SYTA's 25th anniversary conference
DDC partnered with the Student & Youth Travel Association (SYTA) for its annual conference in the nation’s capital from Aug. 26-30. Celebrating 25 years, the conference is the largest convening in North America where student travel professionals meet to collaborate and advance the student travel industry. This year, the conference welcomed 900 industry leaders and decision-makers to celebrate the return of student travel and experience new city offerings. Click here to read the full press release.  

AEF Announces New Academy of Hospitality and Tourism
Washington, DC welcomes its newest NAF certified Academy of Hospitality and Tourism at River Terrace Education Campus. The team at River Terrace recently completed its NAF Year of Planning process and will officially welcome students to the new Academy in the fall of 2023. AEF looks forward to supporting the Academy by providing a college scholarship for a student, assisting with field trips and year-round programing and building connections to the hospitality industry. 

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