Home to the most educated population in the U.S., Washington, DC is where great minds gather for meetings in the technology, biotech/pharmaceutical, education and medical sectors. As the connected capital continues to expand its knowledge economy, those working in sustainability, transportation and government advocacy have also taken notice. Meeting planners will find major sustainability advancements, transformative public transportation initiatives and access to the country’s leaders and lawmakers in DC, which benefit their attendees, sponsors and bottom line.
There are copious reasons why hosting your next meeting in DC will be valuable for your attendees and your organization. Here are just a few ways DC is a leading city:
- 1st LEED Platinum City in the World (United States Green Building Council, 2017)
- 2nd largest subway system by ridership in the U.S. (SmartAsset, 2018)
- Fourth city in which Ford will debut its self-driving vehicles (CNN, 2018)
- Access to 11,270 lobbyists in industries including pharmaceuticals/health products, insurance, electronics and business associations. Lobbyists spent $2.59 billion in 2018. (Center for Responsive Politics, 2018)
Washington, DC’s landscape is ever-changing. The city is dedicated to developing initiatives and investing in new opportunities by adding to its strong industries with $11.2 billion in development, 18 hotels in the pipeline and many new and renovated special events venues in the works. The Walter E. Washington Convention Center continues renovations that began in fall 2018 with capital improvements such as new seating, enhanced digital signage, a streetscape plan and a “mamava pod” for nursing mothers.
The ease of travel continues to add to DC’s appeal for business travelers. In 2018, new air service started into Dulles International Airport from Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific and seasonal service from Edinburgh on United Airlines. In 2019, new nonstop air service will begin from Rome on Alitalia in May, Tel Aviv on United in May and Lisbon on TAP Air in June.
“Two recent citywides showcased just how connected our city is,” said Elliott L. Ferguson II, president and CEO of Destination DC. “In December, American Geophysical Union utilized 65 hotels for over 28,000 attendees without the use of a shuttle, pointing to the abundance of hotels near our convention center. And in June, the World Gas Union took advantage of DC’s access to thought leaders when they recruited the Secretary of Energy for the United States as keynote speaker for the opening ceremony.”
To learn more about meetings and conventions succeeding in Washington, DC or submit an RFP, visit washington.org/meetings.