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Industry Updates

Learn about the return of in-person meetings and conventions in DC, catch a sneak preview of DDC’s annual Marketing Outlook Meeting and more.

In-person meetings and events return to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Otakon, an annual celebration of Asian pop culture, was the first convention held in person in Washington, DC since March of 2020. The event held Aug. 6-8 shined with more than 20,000 attendees. Continuing the momentum, top association executives gathered in Washington, DC on Aug. 16 with the American Society of Association Executives’ (ASAE) Annual Meeting Community Pop-UP in Studio 801 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Rounding out in-person events in August was Awesome Con, the region’s premier comic and pop culture convention. The convention resumed with rave reviews from Aug. 20-22. Stars including Carl Weathers and Giancarlo Esposito of “The Mandalorian” delighted fans.


Career Ready Internship Program

In partnership with DC Public Schools (DCPS) and the Department of Employment Services, DDC and its affiliated 501(c)(3) public charity, the American Experience Foundation (AEF), worked with more than 30 DCPS students for six weeks to provide a paid virtual internship. The program taught students about DDC and the hospitality industry through research, guest speakers, presentations and group projects. The Smithsonian Institution joined for the first time to introduce the various hospitality roles and careers at the Smithsonian. As a culminating project, students used the Smithsonian Learning Lab as a tool to curate a themed digital collection.


Elliott L. Ferguson, II receives annual Destinations International’s Destination Organization Leadership Award

DDC’s President and CEO, Elliott Ferguson, received Destination International’s 2021 Destination Organization Leadership Award. The prestigious honor recognizes outstanding individuals who’ve made a significant contribution to the destination marketing industry and a profound difference in the communities they serve. Elliott was recognized for his work to propel diversity, equity and inclusion in the tourism industry. He served as the board chair for the U.S. Travel Association from 2019 to February of 2021 and currently chairs Tourism Diversity Matters in addition to leading DDC.


Annual Marketing Outlook Meeting

Please join DDC for its annual Marketing Outlook Meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021, focused on recovery efforts and marketing and sales strategies. In addition to DDC leadership, STR will share hotel data and U.S. Travel Association will provide an update on policy initiatives. The meeting will be held at Capital Turnaround with a virtual option. It’s free to attend, and you can email [email protected] to RSVP. 


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