Washington, DC offers a value-added approach for meetings and conventions, especially for organisations within the technology, biotech/pharmaceutical, education and medical spaces.
International association planners looking for an ecosystem that can help support and enhance meetings find that Washington, DC delivers. By gaining unrivaled access to venture capitalists, government leaders, tech startups and cybersecurity experts, you can experience the DC difference.
The intellectual capital boasts 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. These factors and more establish DC as a knowledge hub with access to robust assets unlike any other city.
International association business is one of the largest growing market segments for the city and 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 the international association market.
In 2018, Washington, DC will see new direct nonstop air service into Dulles International Airport from key international markets, including Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific and London Stansted on Primera Air. In addition to its strong industries, $11.5 billion in development underway means 15 new hotels with over 3,400 rooms in the pipeline and special events venues continue to come online.
“We welcome more international association 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.”
Meeting planners find DC’s safety and attractiveness appealing, as well as ease of access and value. The nation’s capital has built a path towards greener living by creating an environment where every government building is now powered by renewable energy, making DC the first LEED Platinum city in the world by U.S. Green Building Council in August. The city continues to add properties that are LEED certified such as the new POD DC hotel in Chinatown. With the opportunity to access Fortune 500 tech companies and as the top city for women in tech (CBRE Tech Talent Scorecard, 2017), selecting DC for your next meeting will benefit attendee, exhibitor and sponsor bases alike.
This article is powered by Destination DC. To learn more about meetings and conventions in Washington, DC or submit an RFP, visit washington.org/meetings.