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Industry Updates

Updates and strategies for 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. 


Elliott Ferguson Joins Tourism Academy’s Advisory Panel
The Tourism Academy announced Elliott L. Ferguson, II to its Advisory Panel. Known for its global network of training programs, Elliott joins 7 new leaders in destination marketing, adult education and leadership development. The panel will guide the Tourism Academy’s work and perspective on emerging trends, especially as it relates to the organization’s educational initiatives that are tied to Community Engagement, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and Leadership Development.


Destination DC (DDC) Announces Strategies to Attract Meetings in 2023
During a press conference at IMEX America in Las Vegas on Oct. 12, 2022, Elliott L. Ferguson, II, president and CEO, and Melissa A. Riley, vice president, convention sales and services, announced efforts to attract meetings and conventions to the nation’s capital. Elliott highlighted new developments and attractions in the city. Melissa outlined the ways planners can meet with purpose utilizing the city’s intellectual capital and its media-rich platform for impacting issues important to organizations. Click here to read the press release.


Destinations International Announces New Destination Booking Agreement
Destinations International (DI), the world’s largest resource for destination marketing organizations, announced the new Destination Booking Agreement and launched a toolkit at IMEX America. The toolkit establishes mutually agreeable terms to protect both the destination and the business events strategist. Melissa A. Riley, chair of the DI Large Market Roundtable, presented along with three colleagues on a panel where she said, “the new standards will help us all continue to strengthen the meetings and events industry as we focus on the positive economic and social impact they bring to our respective destinations.” Click here to read the press release.


The American Experience Foundation (AEF) Welcomes New Interns, Celebrates the Holidays with Members and Launches a Mentorship Program
DDC welcomes its newest AEF interns for the 2022/23 school year. The four Advanced Internship Program interns are Aya Shaw, Declan Bianchi, and Jordan Goings from Jackson-Reed ’23 and Mattison McDonald from Coolidge High School ’23.  
The AEF interns host a holiday breakfast celebration for members and partners at the Conrad Washington, DC on Dec. 15 where a prize raffle benefits AEF’s programs and scholarships. 


AEF launched a new mentorship program to invest in the next generation of hospitality industry professionals and leaders. The foundation is looking for professionals from all backgrounds and levels to mentor a local student by supporting their career and college readiness. No experience is necessary. 


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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