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DESTINATION DC ANNOUNCES RECORD 20.8 MILLION DOMESTIC VISITORS TO WASHINGTON, DC IN 2017
Visitor Spending Tops $7.5 Billion, Directly Supports 75,048 Local Jobs Destination DC (DDC), the official tourism organization for Washington, DC, recently announced 20.8 million domestic visitors in 2017, up 4.2% over 2016 according to DK Shifflet. Elliott L. Ferguson, II, DDC's president and CEO, confirmed the 8th consecutive record-breaking year at Travel Rally, a celebration of the tourism industry's importance to Washington, DC.
AWARD-WINNING JOURNALIST MARLIE HALL TO HOST CARIBBEAN WEEK NEW YORK 2018 AWARDS DINNER, 7 JUNE
An award winning television journalist with ties to the French Caribbean country of Haiti will host the Caribbean's most prestigious tourism awards event in the Big Apple.
LOS ANGELES’ TOURISM INDUSTRY GENERATES RECORD $34.9 BILLION IN ECONOMIC IMPACT
Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board (L.A. Tourism) recently announced Los Angeles County's record-setting 48.5 million visitors pumped an all-time high $22.7 billion directly into the L.A. economy in 2017, generating a record $34.9 billion in total economic impact (including the induced and indirect benefits). The announcement coincided with National Travel & Tourism Week, an annual event established by Congress and organized by the U.S. Travel Association to celebrate the power of travel.
NATIONAL MEMORIAL FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE OPENS
The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, which opened to the public on April 26, 2018, is the nation's first memorial dedicated to the legacy of enslaved Black people, people terrorized by lynching, African-Americans humiliated by racial segregation and Jim Crow, and people of color burdened with contemporary presumptions of guilt and police violence.
A NEW RECORD FOR U.S. TRAVEL: ORLANDO FIRST TO SURPASS 70 MILLION ANNUAL VISITORS
Solidifies Rank As America's Most-Visited Destination Tourism officials announced recently a historic milestone in the travel industry as Orlando became the first U.S. destination to surpass 70 million annual visitors. In 2017, 72 million visitors traveled to Orlando, an increase of more than 5 percent over the prior year, once again making it America's most-visited destination.
WHY THE REUNION, THE BUSINESS OF REUNIONS
In this day and age when social media and pursuit of the almighty selfie ( see me, like me, follow me ), seems to be all the rage, there's another social movement bringing all the "me's" together in celebration of "us". It's the family reunion. More popular among African-Americans, folks often ask "Why the Reunion."
NEW YORKER PROPERTY PROFILE
The New Yorker, A Wyndham Hotel, is one of the most famous hotels on 8th Avenue in Manhattan. The hotel has a history as intriguing as her intricate design. From her iconic Art Deco style to her ingenious American construction, the "Grand Old Lady" has been striking component of the New York skyline, towering above all others and illuminating it since her 1930 inception.
CAESARS ENTERTAINMENT AND MERAAS PLAN TO OPEN TWO CAESARS HOTELS & BEACH CLUB IN DUBAI
Caesars Entertainment Corporation (NASDAQ: CZR) and Meraas Holdings LLC have announced that they have entered into a non-binding letter of intent for Caesars Entertainment to manage two luxury hotels and a beach club at Meraas' Dubai-based Bluewaters Island development. In late 2018, Bluewaters Island is expected to become home to Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai and Caesars Bluewaters Dubai -- both of which will represent Caesars Entertainment's first non-gaming resorts.
SEYCHELLES ENSURES IT REMAINS VISIBLE ON AFRICAN CONTINENT THROUGH 4TH PARTICIPATION IN WTM AFRICA
The Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) exhibited at the World Travel Market (WTM) Africa, as it continues to ensure the island destination remains relevant and grows its share of the African tourism market, amidst growing competition.
ST. LUCIA'S BAY GARDENS BEACH RESORT UPGRADES ROOMS
Family-friendly Bay Gardens Beach Resort & Spa in St. Lucia is already receiving accolades from guests for the major investment in renovations to the 77-room marquis hotel.
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