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Destination DC Staff at Marketing Outlook Meeting, Waldorf Astoria Washington DC

Industry Updates

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

DDC unveils a new marketing campaign and creates a sustainability role


Sustainability District
DDC continues its commitment to sustainability by naming Shelby Luzzi as its first senior manager of sustainability.  In her role, Luzzi will develop and implement DDC’s sustainability strategy to meet the growing need to focus on sustainable travel practices across meetings, conventions and leisure travel. Along with representing industry efforts, Luzzi will help educate colleagues and industry peers on the latest city initiatives and trends and motivate stakeholders to adopt more sustainable practices. Read the press release here.

DDC Hosts Marketing Outlook Meeting 2023
DDC highlighted visitation data, economic impact of tourism on domestic and international markets and unveiled a new advertising campaign to increase tourism at its annual Marketing Outlook Meeting in August. Presenters included DDC’s Elliott L. Ferguson, II and executive staff, Mayor Muriel E. Bowser, Amanda Hite, president, STR, Eric Zimmerman, founder of TripZero and Ann Deschamps, director of the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center. Read the press release here.

DC Hosts 8th World Congress for Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery (WCPCCS)
Held in the continental U.S. for the first time in 40 years, the WCPCCS brought together more than 5,500 leading medical experts from 104 countries for their historic meeting at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center (Aug. 27-Sept 1). The World Congress is the most comprehensive and technologically advanced meeting in pediatric and congenital heart disease. Dr. Jeff Jacobs, a Cardiovascular Surgeon in Florida, and Dr. Gil Wernovsky, a Pediatric Cardiologist and Cardiac Intensivist in Washington, DC, first had the vision to bring this historic meeting to the United States in 2009. In 2015, after six years of extensive research and planning, choosing Washington, DC as the location, and competing against seven other countries, the International Steering Committee awarded 8th World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery (WCPCCS) to the U.S. in the nation's capital.

American Experience Foundation
The American Experience Foundation raised more than $50,000 at the annual July 4th Celebration held at the American Pharmacists Association’s Potomac View Terrace. Proceeds from ticket sales, donations and silent auction bids support students of the Academies of Hospitality and Tourism and Culinary Arts .

DC Hosts WorldPride in 2025
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 and coincides with the 50th anniversary of DC's annual Pride celebration.

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