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Industry Updates

Learn about The DEI District and the local Hospitality Alliance’s commitment to in-person events. Celebrate students through the American Experience Foundation and the Student Youth & Travel Association’s return to DC in 2022.

The DEI District

In May, Destination DC (DDC) launched new content on, The DEI District. As Washington, DC is home to a variety of cultures, races and backgrounds and its visitors come from every corner of the globe, it is imperative to share how the destination approaches diversity, equity and inclusion. DDC welcomes all people with open arms and is committed to showing locals and tourists that the District is a place that promotes and validates diversity, equity and inclusion and highlights ways for visitors and locals to participate and create lasting change in the community. Event planners, educators and visitors can utilize the content to find resources and get involved in DC’s community. The new section follows a redesign of that launched in January.


DC lifts restrictions for meetings and conventions

On Friday, May 21, Washington, DC lifted most restrictions and fully reopened for in-person meetings, conventions, trade shows, groups and special events. The local hospitality alliance, comprised of DDC, Events DC, the Hotel Association of Washington, D.C. and Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington has committed to facilitating successful in-person meetings. DC’s Still Connected approach is two-fold: first, is a focus on health standards, and second, is a focus on DC’s exclusive benefits that facilitate commerce thriving in the city. View more from the Hospitality Alliance and the letter they wrote to customers on


American Experience Foundation’s (AEF) 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, AEF, will welcome more than 40 DCPS students to a virtual internship program beginning June 28. The initiative runs through the first week of August and matches qualified DC students with educational summer employment opportunities. AEF partners and DDC members provide valuable work experience and exposure to career paths and professionals by hosting the interns. Traditionally, the program provides tourism and hospitality industry internships at many of DDC’s 1,000+ member businesses, but as organizations continue to cope with the impact of COVID-19, AEF’s program will operate virtually for the second consecutive summer. To learn more about the program, visit


Student & Youth Travel Association (SYTA) returns to Washington, DC

SYTA returns to Washington, DC for the 25th anniversary of SYTA Annual Conference in 2022, which is the premier event for the student and youth travel industry. In 2005, SYTA celebrated its 5th anniversary on the steps of the U.S. Capitol Building, and it is fitting SYTA will return to DC to celebrate the association's milestone anniversary. As a top student travel destination, Washington, DC hosts students from all over the world to experience the rich history of the nation’s capital.