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The latest news from Destination DC's Marketing & Communications team.

  • Destination DC (DDC) is supporting the city’s biggest summer events through various content channels, including digital paid media placements, which drive users to Site visitors will find a piece highlighting the currently underway DC JazzFest, the By the People festival (June 15-23), the Smithsonian Folklife Festival (June 29-30), two pieces on what to do during July 4th and reasons to attend the Citi Open (July 27 – Aug. 4). Summer content also focuses on area waterfronts, free things to do, the city’s dining scene and offers deals and discounts from DDC members.
  • On Aug. 27, DDC will host its annual Marketing Outlook Meeting from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The program begins in The REACH, the Kennedy Center’s major new campus expansion, before it opens to the public on Sept. 7. This year’s event will focus on helping attendees and their organizations shape their story to attract visitors. Vital data on hospitality trends will also be shared. Registration details to come.
  • To support convention sales and services’ efforts to attract more meetings and conventions, DDC began highlighting the city as a “Connected Capital” through messaging, collateral, advertising, editorial and a series of white papers showcasing DC’s technology, biotech/pharma, medical and education industries. DDC has now launched three new industry sectors of focus, including white papers that showcase sustainability, transportation and government advocacy. The pieces outline the reasons that meetings within each sector will succeed in DC.
  • Members of DDC’s marketing and communications team attended IPW 2019 in Anaheim, Ca. from June 3-7. The tourism team exhibited on the trade show floor and M&C connected with dozens of journalists in IPW’s Media Marketplace. In addition, the team supported DDC President & CEO Elliott Ferguson during his speaking engagement at the U.S. Travel Association’s press conference, which took place on June 4. That night, DDC hosted its third annual LGBTQ event at the City National Grove of Anaheim in conjunction with San Francisco Travel and NYC & Company.

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Domestic Media

DC was included in Robb Report’s rundown of 11 exciting summer destinations.
Robb Report, May 8: From Peru to Puglia, These Are the Best Places to Travel This Summer

Architectural Digest marveled at the design of the new International Spy Museum in L’Enfant Plaza.
Architectural Digest, May 13: Richard Rogers’s All-New International Spy Museum Opens in Washington, D.C.

Washington Business Journal highlighted the positive impact that the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC has had on DC’s hospitality industry. The cover story featured DDC President and CEO Elliott Ferguson along with industry partners.
Washington Business Journal, May 23: What the Marriott Marquis means to the city's convention business

Passport Magazine showcases what’s new in the District in its June issue. Members mentioned include the Watergate Hotel, the International Spy Museum, Eaton Hotel, Union Market and ARTECHOUSE.
Passport Magazine, June 2019: What’s New in….Washington, DC (pages 15-17 of PDF)

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International Media

Verve India showcased DC in an article in its April-May issue. Members mentioned include the Hay-Adams hotel, SEI, Espita Mezcaleria, the National Gallery of Art and the National Air and Space Museum.
Verve India, April-May 2019: History in Stone

Spanish publication De Viajes published an extensive feature on the District. Members in the piece include the National Portrait Gallery, the Willard InterContinental Hotel, Old Ebbitt Grill, Newseum and Occidental Grill & Seafood.
De Viajes, May 2019: WASHINGTON: Ocio, diversión y cultura

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Industry Clips

Smart Meetings featured an article that discussed how new DC properties welcome groups.
Smart Meetings, May 2019: Art of Meeting in DC: New properties creatively welcome groups (page 100)

Connect Sports showcased Hamm Camp, a free basketball camp in Pennsylvania that supports 300 Harrisburg kids each summer founded by DDC’s senior manager of sports development and strategy, Lawrence Hamm II.
Connect Sports, May 23: Hamm Camp Offers Memorable Experiences to Youth

Meetings & Conventions highlighted wellness options for groups in the Eaton Hotel, the Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C. and the Park Hyatt Washington, DC.
Meetings & Conventions, May 24: 3 D.C. Hotels With Wellness Options for Groups