DDC highlights top reasons to visit Washington DC for meetings and events and showcases the city's venues, experiences, safety measures and testimony from our partners and members.
Why DC Video Series
Destination DC presents 'Why DC?' our latest video series that celebrates what makes Washington DC the best place to host meeting and events. Watch the video series.
Why DC Executive Conversation
In February, the CEO of American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), Vicki R. Deal-Williams joined Elliott L. Ferguson, II for a virtual discussion on leadership, diversity, equity and inclusion, and navigating change in 2022 and beyond. ASHA held their convention in Washington, DC last November. Watch the full conversation here.
Bill Adams Joins DDC as Director of Convention Sales
DDC announced that William Adams has been appointed as director of convention sales. In his role, Adams will work to bring meetings of all sizes to the nation's capital. He will also oversee Destination DC's convention sales team and work alongside the DMO's vice president and convention sales and services, Melissa A. Riley. Adams joins DDC with more than 15 years of experience in the attraction, tourism and hospitality industry. His most recent role was national sales manager with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, where he oversaw 800 active accounts and generated 16% growth while bringing in business with an economic impact of $473 million, which he represented nearly one million hotel room nights. Other previous roles include leading sales efforts for the Norfolk CVB, Syracuse CVB and the Annapolis CVB. Click here for the full press release.
PCMA Convening Leaders
Elliott Ferguson spoke about Washington, DC with media at PCMA's Convening Leaders 2022 event in Las Vegas. Along with addressing the recovery of the pandemic for DC and the industry, Elliott shared the outlook for citywides in the city, the future of meetings, and discussed new infrastructure and development in the city. Elliott also emphasized the need for event planners to tie the assets we have in the destination to the customer experience. These include unique venues, the availability of experts, influencers and policy makers, and the efforts tied to having sustainable conventions. Click here to read Elliott's interview with Iain Stirling of Conference & Meetings World.
Susan O’Keefe joins DDC as trade media relations manager
In her role, Susan supports the convention sales and services department’s Connected messaging through editorial and content channels to reiterate why business meetings and events thrive in Washington, DC. She also promotes Washington, DC to travel trade audiences and supports DDC’s American Experience Foundation. Click here for the full press release.
American Experience Foundation to Hit $100,000 in Scholarships
This spring the American Experience Foundation (AEF, the 501(c)(3) charity affiliated with DDC) will surpass $100,000 awarded in student scholarships. That includes 42 scholarships awarded since 2015. These scholarships support students on their journey through higher education and contributed to earning certifications toward their career goals. AEF awards scholarships to current students and alumni of six Academies of Hospitality and Tourism and Academies of Culinary Arts in Washington, DC. The 2022 recipients will be announced on May 13 and we are encouraging donations to help raise the next $100,0000 in scholarship support.
DDC Welcomes 14 DEI Fellowship Business Members and Two Apprentices
DDC has continued its commitment to the diversity, equity and inclusion agenda by supporting small minority-owned local businesses and working to further expose students of color to hospitality careers.
The inaugural DEI Business Fellowships program supports local businesses owned by people of color, LGBTQ+, women and disabled persons. The 14 new fellows receive a free, one-year membership to DDC, which provides access to marketing support and networking opportunities. Applications for the DEI Fellowship 2023 cohort will be available this fall.
DDC also welcomes apprentices Jamar Root and Zoe Roberts as part of an apprenticeship program through Tourism Diversity Matters, an organization focused on creating DEI opportunities at all levels of the tourism and hospitality workforce. The program engages underrepresented and ethnically diverse college students by providing hands-on experience in tourism and hospitality. DDC's Ferguson serves as board chair of the non-profit. Read the full press release here.
DDC is Hiring
Interested in helping promote the nation’s capital to the world? Check out current openings at DDC.