Access, Ideas and Innovation in the Nation’s Capital

Destination DC
Washington, DC

Experience the DC difference. Learn more about how the nation’s capital is a leading industry knowledge hub and will help you gain a competitive advantage for your organization.

As a knowledge hub, the DC region will help you connect with thought leaders; grow your delegate base, sponsorship dollars and exhibitor footprints; and gain a competitive advantage for your organization. DC’s assets have helped establish the city as a leader in key industries such as tech, biotech/pharma, education and medical.

Washington, DC provides access to Fortune 500 tech companies and is the top city for women in tech, according to the CBRE Tech Talent Scorecard. The intellectual capital is home to 21 higher education institutions throughout the region and claims the most cybersecurity jobs—more than 27,000—in the country. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, DC is the most educated city, making it a destination with a qualified workforce and a hot spot for innovation.

With the sum of major development projects reaching $11.5 billion and over 3,400 new hotel rooms in the pipeline, there is always something new and notable in the nation’s capital. Washington, DC continues to develop initiatives and invest in new development opportunities to ensure that it is one of the leading U.S. destinations for meetings and conventions. It’s also easy to get to via three regional airports. In 2018, Washington, DC will see new direct nonstop air service into Dulles International Airport from Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific, London Stansted on Primera Air, Scotland on United Airlines and El Salvador on Volaris.

“We welcome more business and hope the new flights and hotel inventory help make it easy to choose Washington, DC,” said Elliott L. Ferguson II, president and CEO of Destination DC. “Business travelers can access lawmakers relevant to their cause, meet in incredible venues and enjoy the city’s captivating free museums and Michelin-starred restaurant scene.”

New and notable developments include:

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Expansion
Opening 2018
The world-renowned DC venue will add 2,500 square feet of new performance space, 7,500 square feet of pre-function and event space, new art installations and digital advancements. Outside, utilize a new video wall, terrace for up to 1,600 people and a scenic walkway to the Potomac River and nearby monuments and memorials.

Capitol Crossing
Phase 1 opening 2018
Situated atop I-395 between Capital One Arena and Union Station, the mixed-use development includes five buildings with more than 75,000 square feet of retail, restaurants and cafes, including Danny Meyer’s Union Square Cafe.

The Conrad Washington, DC
Opening winter 2019
A 360-room hotel from Hilton Worldwide adds more luxury to CityCenterDC, a downtown hub with more than 30 upscale restaurants and retailers. Features include two outdoor terraces, a rooftop bar, conference rooms and 30,000 square feet of luxury retail space.

To learn more and submit an RFP, visit washington.org/meetings.

 

 

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