According to the latest International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) Statistics Report, Washington, DC is the #1 city in the U.S. for international association meetings. With 16 free-to-enter Smithsonian museums, historic landmarks, LEED certified venues and tech-friendly meeting spaces, the city is one of the top destinations to host a meeting.
Washington, DC is dedicated to developing initiatives and investing in new opportunities by adding to its strong industries with $11.5 billion in development underway, 20 hotels in the pipeline and many new and renovated special events venues in the works. The city’s appeal and ease of access are unparalleled, making it a hot spot for the international business community. DC’s top international meetings markets include the UK, India, China and Japan.
The nation’s capital has built a path towards greener living and meeting by creating an accessible environment where every government building is powered by renewable energy. Sustainability efforts contributed to the U.S. Green Building Council naming DC the first LEED platinum city in the world in August 2017. The city continues to add properties that are LEED certified such as the new Eaton Workshop and Hilton Washington DC National Mall, both expected to open summer 2018. As the third most energy efficient city in the U.S. according to ACEEE, DC boasts:
- A vast number of sustainable spaces in each quadrant
- Eco-friendly catering companies
- Green tours that will keep your meeting eco-friendly
If you’re planning an intimate meeting, Washington, DC is the perfect partner. From waterfront boardrooms filled with natural light to outdoor venues overlooking the city and new hotel inventory, private events thrive in the city. Among DC’s booming Michelin-starred restaurant scene are many eateries that boast breathtaking exclusive event spaces, making private dining accommodations easier than ever.
In 2018, Washington, DC will see new direct nonstop air service into Dulles International Airport from key international markets:
- Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific (September 2018)
- London Stansted on Primera Air (launched last month)
“We welcome more international association business and hope the new flights, sustainable hotel inventory and thriving restaurant scene help make it easy to choose Washington, DC for all your meeting needs,” 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 some of the city’s most exciting new developments.”