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Support the American Experience Foundation (AEF) by checking out ARTECHOUSE's mesmerizing Crystalline exhibit. Use the d...
11/13/2020
Crystalline

Support the American Experience Foundation (AEF) by checking out ARTECHOUSE's mesmerizing Crystalline exhibit. Use the discount code BLUEDC at checkout and a portion of the proceeds go to AEF! Please follow all health/safety guidelines when you visit. https://bit.ly/3puxVBN

To wrap up this unprecedented year, we're transforming our three ARTECHOUSE locations into unique expressions of Pantone's Color of the Year 2020: Classic Blue. From earth to water to air, each location will present a distinct, elemental experience related to the unique qualities of the color. Impri...

Tune in on Nov. 17 for a special virtual conversation between DDC's President & CEO, Elliott Ferguson and Smithsonian In...
11/13/2020

Tune in on Nov. 17 for a special virtual conversation between DDC's President & CEO, Elliott Ferguson and Smithsonian Institution's Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch III. Learn all about what they love about living and working in the nation's capital. Register here: https://cvent.me/E59PPP

Join Destination DC on Nov. 17 for a virtual conversation with DDC's President & CEO, Elliott Ferguson and Smithsonian I...
11/12/2020

Join Destination DC on Nov. 17 for a virtual conversation with DDC's President & CEO, Elliott Ferguson and Smithsonian Institution's Secretary, Lonnie G. Bunch, III. They will discuss their shared passion for DC's amazing public spaces, picturesque and walkable neighborhoods and the celebrated diversity of our nation's capital. Register today: https://cvent.me/E59PPP

DDC’s Tourism team just launched “Learning on Location,” an educational video series about DC that helps engage student ...
11/02/2020
Learning on Location, Episode 1: The Vote - YouTube

DDC’s Tourism team just launched “Learning on Location,” an educational video series about DC that helps engage student travel clients and classrooms. Check out episode one, which covers the importance of voting and its history, and also features the National Museum of American History. https://bit.ly/327lJgf

Discover our nation's capital from a whole new perspective when you ride atop a Big Bus for a night tour! With updated h...
10/28/2020

Discover our nation's capital from a whole new perspective when you ride atop a Big Bus for a night tour! With updated health/safety measures in place, guests can expect an incredible experience with spectacular views of the District. Big Bus Tours https://bit.ly/3jJ2jVe

Come show off your DC knowledge at the virtual Monthly Member Trivia Night tomorrow evening, Wed. Oct. 21 from 5 - 6 pm....
10/20/2020

Come show off your DC knowledge at the virtual Monthly Member Trivia Night tomorrow evening, Wed. Oct. 21 from 5 - 6 pm.

Test your skills against industry peers over rounds of trivia questions submitted by Destination DC members for chance to win a prize. Register here: https://bit.ly/3kfjOgI

This month's prizes include:

1st place - 3 hour cabana at Wunder Garten at NoMa

2nd place - Virtual tour session with Chuck Fazio Photographer

3rd place - Colorful DC umbrella from iconsDC

This month's questions were developed by:

Cake-Wich Craft
Fiat Luxe Tours DC
The Hay-Adams

#DestinationDC joined United for a curb-to-cabin tour at Washington Dulles International Airport to learn about their ne...
10/13/2020

#DestinationDC joined United for a curb-to-cabin tour at
Washington Dulles International Airport to learn about their new health and safety program, United CleanPlus. DDC had a firsthand look at United's new cleaning and social distancing protocols. Customers can expect an upgraded travel experience with safety at the forefront.

The nation’s capital boasts new museums, restaurants and hotels, prominent reopenings and deals for locals. Read press r...
10/06/2020
Discover What’s New in Washington, DC This Fall

The nation’s capital boasts new museums, restaurants and hotels, prominent reopenings and deals for locals. Read press release here: https://bit.ly/34B6gps

(Washington, DC) – Destination DC, the official destination marketing office for the nation’s capital, is primed to help travelers visit Washington, DC with safety in mind this fall by providing ideas for activities, stays and value. Through Stay Local DC, those close to DC will benefit from hot...

Experience the Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival and Symposium virtually from Oct. 14-18. Watch the best new i...
10/01/2020
Virtual Double Exposure Film Festival

Experience the Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival and Symposium virtually from Oct. 14-18. Watch the best new investigative documentaries and conversations with award-winning filmmakers from the comfort of your home. Click the link below to save 10% on passes. #DestinationDC #DXIFF20

Congratulations to Samantha Fagan, Destination DC’s Convention Services Manager! Samantha has just been recognized on th...
09/30/2020

Congratulations to Samantha Fagan, Destination DC’s Convention Services Manager! Samantha has just been recognized on the most recent list of Connect Association's 40 under 40 for the class of 2020. https://bit.ly/2GnAO5o

Destination DC's President and CEO, Elliott L. Ferguson has been named one of Northstar Meetings Group’s “Top 25 Influen...
09/24/2020

Destination DC's President and CEO, Elliott L. Ferguson has been named one of Northstar Meetings Group’s “Top 25 Influencers of the Meetings Industry” for 2020. 🎉https://bit.ly/33Xr0an #DestinationDC #meetingsindustry

Mayor Bowser has announced the investment of $4 million through the new Streatery Winter Ready Grant program to  help bu...
09/22/2020

Mayor Bowser has announced the investment of $4 million through the new Streatery Winter Ready Grant program to help businesses winterize and maintain outdoor dining areas. To apply, visit https://coronavirus.dc.gov/recovery-business

Peach Perfect is offering Destination DC members an exclusive special of discounted individually wrapped meals with free...
09/17/2020

Peach Perfect is offering Destination DC members an exclusive special of discounted individually wrapped meals with free delivery (offer ends Oct. 15). Peach Perfect inspires healthier and happier communities by safely connecting people with smart and wholesome meals. Contact Nancy Coppola to order: [email protected]/202-276-9015🍴

We are committed to helping the local hospitality community recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Destination DC is offeri...
09/16/2020

We are committed to helping the local hospitality community recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Destination DC is offering 6 months of free membership for eligible businesses. Membership perks include instant access to DDC’s network of business connections, online visibility, industry resources and marketing campaigns. Sign up today and share this post with your network. https://bit.ly/2FFxken #DestinationDC

Join several hospitality and tourism industry leaders including Destination DC's President and CEO, Elliott L. Ferguson ...
09/16/2020

Join several hospitality and tourism industry leaders including Destination DC's President and CEO, Elliott L. Ferguson for the 7th annual State of Black Tourism hosted by National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners (NCBMP). Register for the free virtual event here: https://bit.ly/2RzLlg6

Have you met our panelists for next week's 7th Annual State of Black Tourism virtual event? We're excited to host these industry leaders and engage in rich conversations about the future of industry, post COVID & George Floyd.

We hope you can join us next Thursday, September 17th at 9:45 am ET for this panel discussion.

Register now using the link below. https://regmatch.com/events/7th-annual-the-state-of-black-tourism/

Visit Washington DC
09/10/2020
Visit Washington DC

Visit Washington DC

Social distance makes the heart grow fonder… ❤️ When the time comes and visitors can #TravelConfidently, we can’t wait to welcome you back to the nation’s capital. Until then, #LetsMakePlans and get inspired for future travels. #LetsGoThere #DCtogether

09/02/2020
Marketing Outlook Meeting 2020

Destination DC shared DC’s recovery and resiliency efforts during its annual Marketing Outlook Meeting today. DDC also discussed virtual and hybrid sales initiatives across meetings and tourism for the year ahead. In case you missed it, watch the event below.

Speakers:
- The Honorable Mayor Bowser, Mayor of the District of Columbia
- Elliott L. Ferguson, II, President and CEO, Destination DC
- Stacy Smith, Destination DC Board Chair & General Manager, Hyatt Place Washington DC/National Mall
- Jan Freitag, Senior Vice President, STR (hotel forecast)
- Clayton Reid, CEO, MMGY Global (consumer behavior and marketing during uncertain times)

Elliott L. Ferguson, II, president and CEO of Destination DC, addressed approximately 1,000 attendees virtually during o...
09/02/2020

Elliott L. Ferguson, II, president and CEO of Destination DC, addressed approximately 1,000 attendees virtually during our annual Marketing Outlook Meeting this morning. Read more about Washington, DC's visitation forecast and industry resiliency efforts here: https://bit.ly/3lFUdPb

Destination DC took a tour of the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport with American Airlines to learn all about th...
08/27/2020

Destination DC took a tour of the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport with American Airlines to learn all about their upgraded CDC-approved safety protocols to ensure the health and well-being of every customer and team member. What travelers can expect: enhanced cleaning practices in-airport and onboard, face covering requirements and added layers of safety throughout the customer journey.

Join Destination DC virtually for the annual Marketing Outlook Meeting on Sept. 2. You’ll learn about DC’s tourism recov...
08/25/2020

Join Destination DC virtually for the annual Marketing Outlook Meeting on Sept. 2. You’ll learn about DC’s tourism recovery efforts, hotel forecast and industry opportunities in the year ahead. The speaker lineup includes Mayor Bowser and Destination DC’s President and CEO Elliott Ferguson. Register for the event, which is free for the first time ever, and invite your colleagues: https://bit.ly/329wz4H

Destination DC's President & CEO, Elliott Ferguson will be speaking on this panel today! Click the link for more info.
08/25/2020
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Destination DC's President & CEO, Elliott Ferguson will be speaking on this panel today! Click the link for more info.

Join Destination DC virtually for the annual Marketing Outlook Meeting on Sept. 2. You’ll learn about DC’s tourism recov...
08/20/2020

Join Destination DC virtually for the annual Marketing Outlook Meeting on Sept. 2. You’ll learn about DC’s tourism recovery efforts, hotel forecast and industry opportunities in the year ahead. The speaker lineup includes Mayor Bowser and Destination DC’s President and CEO Elliott Ferguson. Register for the event, which is free for the first time ever, and invite your colleagues: https://bit.ly/329wz4H

The Capital Wheel
08/17/2020

The Capital Wheel

Stay safe and show your support for the DMV with a DMV Love mask! Proceeds from DMV LOVE mask sales will benefit the American Experience Foundation. Visit our online store to shop for masks and so much more. https://bit.ly/2GEjUMR #mydccool Visit Washington DC National Harbor Destination DC

Destination DC President & CEO, Elliott Ferguson discusses key steps to economic recovery for the travel industry in his...
08/12/2020
A key 'STEP' to bring back the travel industry

Destination DC President & CEO, Elliott Ferguson discusses key steps to economic recovery for the travel industry in his op-ed for The Hill.

The STEP Act promotes a safe reopening and a healthy travel experience, which is crucial to restoring the travel industry.

Meetings Today recognizes Destination DC's President & CEO, Elliott Ferguson as a 2020 Meetings Trendsetter for his dedi...
08/06/2020
20 Meetings Trendsetters Who Stepped Up When Their Industry Needed Them Most

Meetings Today recognizes Destination DC's President & CEO, Elliott Ferguson as a 2020 Meetings Trendsetter for his dedication to social justice and diversity in the hospitality industry.
https://www.meetingstoday.com/newsevents/industrynews/industrynewsdetails/articleid/34420/title/2020-meetings-trendsetters

These individuals stepped up to help their meetings and events industry colleagues during the COVID-19 pandemic or advance the cause of social justice and fight systemic racism following the George Floyd killing. Read more.

08/06/2020
PCMA

In case you missed it: watch PCMA's webinar featuring Destination DC's President and CEO, Elliott Ferguson 👇

Join us LIVE for Ascent Webinar: In Need of a Change: Understanding Perspectives to Lead with Elliott Ferguson, interviewed by Ed Simon.

Thank you to our sponsor Visit Lauderdale for making this session possible!

Register for the link to join at https://www.pcma.org/event/ascent-webinar-unconscious-bias-get-rid-of-the-bs/ .

Destination DC’s American Experience Foundation continues to make headlines! ABC 7 News - WJLA's Alison Starling intervi...
08/05/2020

Destination DC’s American Experience Foundation continues to make headlines! ABC 7 News - WJLA's Alison Starling interviewed students participating in our virtual hospitality internship this summer.

Destination DC helps 70 students imagine steps towards economic recovery while ensuring an equitable hospitality and tou...
07/23/2020
American Experience Foundation Hosts Fourth Annual Career Ready Internship Program Virtually Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

Destination DC helps 70 students imagine steps towards economic recovery while ensuring an equitable hospitality and tourism industry.

(Washington, DC) – Destination DC (DDC), the official destination marketing organization for the nation’s capital, and its 501 (c) 3 public charity, the American Experience Foundation (AEF), have committed to educating Washington, DC’s youth through the fourth annual Career Ready Internship Pr...

Black leaders in the travel industry answer '5 Questions About Race' in a powerful new video.
07/14/2020

Black leaders in the travel industry answer '5 Questions About Race' in a powerful new video.

"These are discussions we need to have and then follow them with action if we are to effect real change in our country, ...
06/29/2020
Let’s talk about racism in the travel industry - Travel Courier

"These are discussions we need to have and then follow them with action if we are to effect real change in our country, so I encourage everyone to have open and honest dialogue.” - Destination DC President & CEO Elliott Ferguson

Let's talk about racism in the travel industry Ann Ruppenstein Travel Courier talks to a panel of tourism professionals about race, diversity, and how the travel industry can be more inclusive with greater representation across the board. Shalene Dudley Owner, Latitude Concierge Travels Shalene Dudl...

The latest COVID-19 information and resources including the DC Government's Reopening Timeline.
05/21/2020
Coronavirus-Related Closures and Canceled Events in Washington, DC

The latest COVID-19 information and resources including the DC Government's Reopening Timeline.

The coronavirus pandemic and the DC Mayor's stay-at-home order, which has been extended to May 15, has affected events, attractions and other businesses throughout the Washington, DC area.

Destination DC Director of Convention Services, Dianna Waldroup is among the 2020 Connect Corporate 15 Over 50. Congratu...
05/12/2020
Meet the 2020 Connect Corporate 15 Over 50

Destination DC Director of Convention Services, Dianna Waldroup is among the 2020 Connect Corporate 15 Over 50. Congratulations, Dianna! #DestinationDC

The Connect Corporate 15 Over 50 has been shaping the events industry for years. Congratulations to them all.

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