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Member Testimonials

See what our members are saying about the power of a partnership with Destination DC

"At Kimpton we work hand-in-hand with Destination DC and see them as a partner in everything that we do by actively participate and engage with the Destination DC team much as possible, at every level."
Jaclyn Randolph
Kimpton Hotels


“We joined Destination DC soon after we started in business and our membership has been proven to be a huge benefit to USA Guided Tours.  From the very beginning, the Destination DC team has been engaged, passionate, and supportive - taking the time to explain membership and advising what tools/resources we had at our disposal.  Destination DC is very active in the city and has been a great strategic partner for USA Guided Tours - sharing information on City-wide happenings, keeping us apprised of travel-industry data which we use for marketing and business purposes, and holding events on a regular basis to keep members active and connected. As we note in the closing of each of our emails... 'We are proud members of Destination DC.'"
Rauf Shakir
USA Guided Tours


"Destination DC has helped us in a multitude of ways. We’ve been able to use Destination DC as a one-stop-shop to connect with different accounts that have allowed us to build business as a new hotel."
Carlington Barnett
Hyatt Place Washington DC/National Mall


"We’ve worked with great people at Destination DC that have provided us with connections that we would not have otherwise made in the city. We’ve developed unique partnerships through Destination DC such as with the Washington Nationals, which has ultimately led us to build at kiosk at Nationals Park."
Will Hand
District Doughnuts


"We are so thrilled to be members of Destination DC. The introductions to unique venues and partners that can help us support our clients throughout the region has been invaluable."
Josh Carin
Geppetto Catering


"Destination DC is an incredible advocate for the city and our vibrant cultural community. I love that they create opportunities to talk to each other."
Amy Hutchins
Smithsonian American Art Museum


"Reston Limousine has worked with Destination DC in many capacities. From the everyday services we provide directly to their team, to the clients that they bring in and refer to us, it has been a very lucrative and wonderful partnership."
Kimberly Newman
Reston Limousine


"As a member of Destination DC, the Calpro Group has benefitted from Washington DC’s growth as a destination for international visitors. Due to our involvement with Destination DC, we’ve been able to compete for meetings and events business that Destination DC recruits to this city. We look forward to the continued growth that Destination DC has afforded our company and congratulate them for putting in place the strategies and opportunities that allow us to capture business in our nation’s capital."
Socrates A. Calá, CMP, CEM  & Ramon A. Calá
The CALPRO Group


"We have found it hugely beneficial to be able to travel with Destination DC by joining them at conferences and on sales missions. As a small museum, we were able to gain exposure to a variety of meeting planners and tour operators that we would not have been able to visit otherwise."
Erin Harroun
International Spy Museum


"At the Event Planning Guide Launch Party, the Destination DC team was amazing at introducing us to the team and the other members. The energy in that room was out of this world. Really a top notch event. Can't wait for the next one!"
Daniel Duffin
Max Major Mentalist. Mind Reader. Hypnotist.


“One of the best benefits of being a Destination DC member is the 2-year convention calendar. This information is invaluable to my team in targeting convention groups to attend baseball games or use Nationals Park for off-site parties on non-game days. Knowing what groups are coming to town, when they are coming, and with how many attendees is a huge help!” 
Emily Dunham
The Washington Nationals


“Offering a discount to Six Flags America in the deals section has been highly successful for us. We are reaching visitors to Washington, DC who might not know about the park, and how close we are to our nation’s capital. The [coupon] redemption [rate] the first year well exceeded our expectations. I definitely recommend this to other establishments.”
Steve Jones
Six Flags


“I love what Destination DC has done to market our events. Our membership to Destination DC has put our events (Taste of Dupont, 17th Street Festival and Spring Fling) on the map!  The turn-out for all three events has almost doubled in most cases. I cannot thank them enough for their marketing portal.”
Bill McLeod 
Historic Dupont Circle Main Street


“Destination DC had requested and funded our organization to entertain an Irish FAM tour this past fall of 2017 as they arrived to Washington, DC…We were fully aware [they] were taking a risk working with us to impress our foreign travelers… Because of this hype in Ireland, we were asked to work with a large Irish consulting firm this upcoming May. This would not have happened without the initial support and trust that [Destination DC] put in us. We have grown since our initial membership and offer other award-winning food and drink experiences... We love our city and thankful DDC offered us the opportunity to share our love with what we do best.”
Dave Saxe
Mangia DC Food Tours


"Bialek's Music has been going strong for 40 years and part of our success is partnering with organizations like Destination DC.  They have a large member base that allows my company to be seen by most of the meaningful businesses in the Metro/DC/Baltimore area, and they go out of their way to promote my business internationally with exposure to all tourists and conventions that come to our city.  This in unlike any other organization.  By volunteering and becoming an ambassador to introduce new attendees, I have made hundreds of new contacts and booked thousands of dollars in new business. Their events are educational, fun, and timely. Their staff goes out of their way to help you navigate the web and convention information, and make you feel welcome. If I could only belong to one organization, this is IT!!!  - Destination DC“
Ray Bialek
Bialek's Entertainment


“Attending the Experient presentation and sales mission with Destination DC was exactly the kind of marketing engagement we placed budget aside for. Prior to the sales mission, we knew the third party we were presenting to hadn’t heard of Convene as we didn’t receive much opportunity – for the mere fact that they didn’t realize we paid commission in a unique way as a meetings/events venue. Through this cooperative marketing opportunity with Destination DC, we saw immediate ROI with the opportunity to network and receive over 30 new contacts."
Tom Allen