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Industry Updates

Learn about DDC initiatives and updates on meeting with purpose in the nation’s capital.

DDC highlights top reasons to visit Washington, DC for meetings and events and showcases the city’s venues, experiences, safety measures and partners and members. 


Destination DC Welcomes 36 New DEI Business Fellowship Members

DDC continues its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion by supporting small minority-owned local businesses as part of a complimentary membership program. The DEI Business Fellowship program engages local businesses owned by people of color, LGBTQ+, women and disabled persons. Fellows receive a free, one-year membership to DDC, which provides access to marketing support and networking opportunities. Read the press release here.


DDC Highlights State of Tourism at Travel Rally 2023

DDC, along with U.S. Travel and local hospitality and tourism partners highlighted the economic impact of tourism locally and nationally and the marketing and sales efforts to grow domestic and international market share. Speakers included Geoff Freeman, president and CEO, U.S. Travel, the honorable Muriel E. Bowser, mayor of the District of Columbia, Gerren Price, president and CEO of Downtown DC Business Improvement District and Elliott L, Ferguson, II, president and CEO, Destination DC. Read more here.


The American Experience Foundation (AEF) Awards XX 2023 Scholarships to DC Students

The American Experience Foundation announced the recipients of its 2023 scholarship awards in May, Eight students received $2,500 each to pursue education in the hospitality and tourism industry. The scholarships support students of Washington, DC's four Academies of Hospitality and Tourism, two Academies of Culinary Arts and Academy alumni in higher education. AEF has provided 58 scholarships over the past nine years which have totaled more than $120,000.


DC Hosts WorldPride in 2025
The event coincides with the 50th anniversary of DC's annual Pride celebration. WorldPride, which takes place every two years, is massive: About five million people attended New York City’s WorldPride celebration in 2019. DC WorldPride will likely run from May 22 to June 8, 2025.


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