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Held in DC for the first time, IPW will generate $1.7 billion for the city within three years

(Washington, DC) – Destination DC (DDC) will host an incredible lineup of special events to showcase Washington, DC during the U.S. Travel Association’s IPW 2017, which will be held in the nation’s capital for the first time, June 3-7, 2017. DC will welcome 6,300 delegates from 75 countries for the travel industry’s premier international marketplace, which is the single largest generator of travel to the U.S. The city is on pace to be among the top three destinations earning the highest IPW attendance.

Attendees will experience what sets DC apart from all other global destinations. Highlighting DC’s diverse neighborhoods and experiences, 34 all-delegate and press sightseeing tours will take place on Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4. Tours include coveted access to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture; a glimpse into DC’s culinary creators and entrepreneurs including the artisans at Union Market; insight into DC from the water including the forthcoming $2 billion Wharf development in Southwest, and much more.

In cooperation with the National Park Service, an indoor/outdoor Opening Event is on Sunday, June 4. Guests will enjoy a sunset concert on the National Mall featuring a lineup of only-in-DC acts, along with exclusive access to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Also on June 4, the Newseum hosts separate brunches for press and MICE, giving hundreds of international journalists as well as international meeting planners and incentive buyers private access to the museum dedicated to freedom of speech. The Closing Event will be held at Nationals Park on June 7, incorporating America’s favorite pastime, baseball, into a memorable finale highlighting DC, Maryland and Virginia in coordination with Capital Region USA (CRUSA).

“IPW is essentially a five-day advertisement of Washington, DC,” said Elliott L. Ferguson, II, president and CEO of DDC. “Our message to the international community is that they are welcome in Washington, DC and we appreciate their business. We’re thrilled to show off the unexpected sides of the nation’s capital for tour operators, journalists and our industry peers.”

According to Rockport Analytics, the immediate economic impact of hosting IPW is $12 million. From 2018-2020, DC is expected to receive one million new additional international visitors, a $1.7 billion economic impact, $94 million in local tax receipts and 5,900 jobs.

“In Washington, DC, we are happy to host millions of tourists every year. We are proud to show off our vibrant neighborhoods, our thriving arts and restaurant scenes, and the many museums and monuments that tell our country’s history,” said DC Mayor Muriel E. Bowser. “As we continue spreading inclusive prosperity throughout DC, every visitor to our city plays a vital role in supporting DC businesses and creating jobs for our residents. By staying in our hotels, dining in our restaurants, visiting our attractions, and shopping in our local stores, visitors from around the world have helped make DC’s economy one of the strongest local economies in the country.”

“This is the opportunity of a lifetime for leisure tourism sales and Washington, DC is ready to shine,” said Theresa Belpulsi, DDC’s vice president, tourism and visitor services. “Years of planning have gone into IPW 2017 and we’re ready to welcome the world and host the best IPW ever.”

DC welcomed a record 20 million domestic visitors in 2016, and DDC will announce total visitation for the year in August. DC’s dining scene is thriving, recently named “Hottest Food City” by and “Best Restaurant City” by Bon Appetit. A second Michelin Guide is expected in fall. Navigating the city is easy via public transportation, including more than 3,000 rentable Capital Bikeshare bikes and a new streetcar on H Street NE.

In the next year, DC will host events including the DC Jazz Festival; Hive at the National Building Museum; Citi Open tennis tournament; the reopening of the Freer|Sackler; a landmark Vermeer exhibition at the National Gallery of Art; the world premiere of “Mean Girls: The Musical” at National Theatre, the opening of the Museum of the Bible and the return of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival.

“We use the #MyDCcool campaign to show the personal connection visitors and locals have with our city, whether that’s sharing a meal, a night out, a captivating performance, shopping or simply a sunset photo from an iconic landmark,” said Ferguson. “We can’t wait to see what IPW delegates capture during their time in the city.”

DDC is also working with CRUSA to host regional delegate tours pre and post IPW, encouraging people to come early and stay late, enjoying Maryland and Virginia’s sandy beaches, coastal towns, mountains and scenic drives.

The DC hospitality community recognizes the importance of hosting this event. DDC is recruiting 800 volunteers to assist at airports, hotels, events and welcome desks. More than 50 members offer “Delegate Deals” to those showing IPW credentials. DDC has raised $3.5 million in cash sponsorship and received a matching $3.5 million from the District of Columbia government. DDC is working with 80 cash and in-kind partners to host IPW. Presenting and leadership partners include Capital Region USA (CRUSA), Brand USA, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA), United Airlines and Hilton Worldwide. For more information, visit

About DDC: DDC, the official destination marketing organization for the nation’s capital, is a private, non-profit membership organization of 930 businesses committed to marketing the area as a premier global convention, tourism and special events destination with a special emphasis on the arts, cultural and historic communities.

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New Stores Promote Next Generation of Entrepreneurs while Preserving Charm of Cape May

CAPE MAY, NJ (JUNE 8, 2017) - America’s Oldest Seaside Resort is gearing up to celebrate its newest shopping epicenter, The Shops on Perry.  This new block of high-end shopping retailers is helping cultivate new and unique businesses while preserving the charm of Cape May.  Tommy’s Folly, located in Congress Hall, offers visitors four shopping experiences in one location; a cafe, general store, boutique, and kid’s store. The quadruple threat will now have some amazing company on Perry Street.  Queen May, offers estate jewelry and fine luxury goods and is located within Congress Hall, with an entrance on Perry Street. Across the street is CASH and CLIVE, which has the latest trends and classic staples in women’s fashion and Victorious, a high-end women’s boutique with fine estate and antique jewelry and apparel.   Once a small boutique within Congress Hall, with the expansion of Tommy’s Folly, Victorious was also given the opportunity to grow in a new space.   These new stores are located on the first floor in Cape Resorts’ latest property, the Congress Place Suites, which has newly renovated, fully equipped apartment style rooms located on the second floor.

The building was recently purchased thanks to a new fund that Curtis Bashaw, the Managing Partner of Cape Resorts, established with a group of investors who own homes or businesses in Cape May.  The goal is to preserve the charm of the city, while also inspiring entrepreneurs.  Through the Cape Real Estate Opportunities fund, this is just one of several properties that were purchased and renovated.  The idea behind the CREO fund is to not just preserve these spaces, but to also fill them with merchants who have something to offer the residents and visitors of Cape May.  These new businesses that will be celebrated on Saturday are owned by Individuals of The Young Entrepreneurs of Cape May, a group that Curtis has mentored and brought into the community to cultivate the next generation of business owners in Cape May.

The public is invited to celebrate the grand opening of The Shops on Perry on Saturday, June 10th with ribbon cuttings happening between 3-4:00pm.  From 4-7, visitors can celebrate with a complimentary glass of champagne, sweet treats, and a chance to win prizes.

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Located Close to Washington, D.C.,

National Harbor has Quickly Become a Top Tourism Destination


Seven hotels, 40 restaurants, 160 stores, more than 650,000 square feet of meeting and event space, walkability and ease of access is making this new, waterfront micro city a huge success


NATIONAL HARBOR, Md., June 7, 2017— Located on the historic Potomac River within close proximity to Washington, D.C. and Alexandria, Virginia, National Harbor has grown into a micro city in just nine years. The result is a master-planned destination with easy access, beautiful wide, walkable streets that include specially curated art and retail shops, plus Tanger Outlets; seven hotels including Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center and MGM National Harbor; 40 restaurants including some of the top in the region; twin 700-foot long piers and marina, the iconic Capital Wheel and carousel and Urban Pirates, an entertaining pirate ship adventure. “There’s more to do here than anyone can imagine and something for everyone whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or on a business meeting or convention,” said Brian Waters, executive director of Visit National Harbor.


National Harbor takes advantage of sweeping river views and spectacular sunsets. There are all types of waterfront activities from renting peddle boats to chartering a yacht, riding the 180-foot high Capital Wheel or the carousel, watching movies or sporting events on National Harbor’s big waterfront screen, attending concerts, or participating in any of the many other events and activities including yoga, Zumba and exercise classes. Water taxis will take visitors to Washington, D.C.; Old Town Alexandria, Virginia; or historic Mount Vernon.


When completed, National Harbor will hold more than 7.3 million square feet of master-planned, mixed-use community with more than 3,300 hotel rooms (including MGM), more than 1 million square feet of retail, dining and entertainment space, more than 1 million square feet of class “A” office space and more than 2,500 residential units.


National Harbor not only sits on prime waterfront space but it is also located close to three airports: Washington Dulles International, Baltimore Washington International Airport and Reagan National Airport. There are two nearby Amtrak stations: New Carrollton, Md. and Union Station in Washington, D.C. National Harbor is also easily reached by boat—the National Harbor Marina has 64 slips. Marina amenities include private changing facilities, dock side power and concierge. Two 10,000 square foot platforms provide an ideal location for corporate entertaining or private events.


Dining options include everything from Thai to Italian to American—from fast casual to destination dining to signature award-winning chef-driven.


National Harbor welcomed more than 11 million visitors last year before the opening of the MGM National Harbor (hotel and casino) at the end of year. Those numbers are expected to increase significantly in 2017. “This is a very special place and well worth the visit,” stated Waters, “there is nothing like this anywhere in the country.”


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