Destination DC’s Sales Initiatives Expand Meeting Options in DC

Meet in the nation’s capital, where economics, culture and academics unite. 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.

Groups looking to jazz up their traditional meeting layout can find seven non-traditional venues within walking distance of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. As an extension of the Connected Capital positioning, the “Connected Campus” concept shows planners how to utilize the seven spaces to expand the footprint of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and create a diversified meeting layout showcasing the authentic DC. Offering 20 bookable meeting and event spaces, the seven venues can accommodate groups of all sizes in the heart of Washington, DC.

“The Connected Campus concept allows meeting planners to understand how their meeting can better succeed in DC by looking at meetings beyond just a traditional conference center,” said Elliott L. Ferguson, II, president and CEO, Destination DC. “We hope the Connected Campus can help bring unique meeting and event visions to life as we continue to add more venues to the mix.”

The current participating venues include Capital One Arena, Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church, Long View Gallery, Touchstone Gallery, Association of American Medical Colleges, AJAX and Present Company Public House.

“The area surrounding the convention center is versatile and flexible and these venues help planners expand their event beyond the ordinary,” said Melissa A. Riley, vice president, convention sales and services, Destination DC. “In addition to the city’s strong industries, DC’s new hotels, special events venues and $13.9 billion in development, including new meeting space at several hotels, are continuously adding to our city’s appeal.”

Attendees will also be wowed by DC’s Michelin-starred restaurant scene, captivating free museums and meeting spaces that provide unparalleled views of the city. To learn more and submit an RFP, visit


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