It’s the ninth consecutive year for setting a visitor record, and that number does not include international tourists, according to Destination DC.
While D.C.’s tourism industry suffered during the partial government shutdown, it appears that hotels were spared the worst effects: From Dec. 30 to Jan. 19, demand was down by only about 2 percent compared with the same period a year ago.
Though the partial government shutdown will likely affect Smithsonian sites, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and city tourism officials are highlighting the positives, pointing out the many private museums, galleries and other attractions that will remain open.
The tourism industry in D.C. is growing. Business travel accounted for 41 percent of D.C. visitors last year, and 60 percent of spending. Leisure spending increased by 5.9 percent and business spending was up 1.3 percent.
Last year was a record setting year for tourism in D.C. More than 20 million people in the U.S. visited the District in 2017 and they spent more than $7 billion.
With Valentine’s right around the corner, Destination DC, the city’s official tourism promoter, is highlighting budget-friendly date-night deals.
Destination DC has expanded a partnership with China’s popular instant messaging platform WeChat by launching a new “City Experience” program to support Chinese travelers when they arrive in the city.
After a relatively slow start, hotel bookings around D.C. have been gaining steam ahead of the Jan. 20 presidential inauguration, according to the tourism group Destination DC.
The nation’s capital drew a record number of visitors both domestically and from overseas in 2015, according to new figures released Wednesday by the tourism group Destination DC.
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