Tourism in Washington, D.C. amid COVID and the 2021 Presidential Inauguration

Tourism in Washington, D.C. amid COVID and the 2021 Presidential Inauguration

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Aired on January 11, 2021

Washington, D.C, is a very popular tourism destination but, like all destinations around the world, COVID-19 has put a stranglehold on Washington DC tourism product.  In addition to the pandemic the District of Columbia has also dealt with months of social unrest and a recent violent and unconscionable insurrection.

With all of the challenges facing Washington and a forthcoming Presidential Inauguration to prepare for, we spoke to Elliott Ferguson, President and CEO of Destination DC, to talk about the state of Washington DC tourism. Destination DC is the official destination marketing organization for Washington, D.C. so we sought to learn what visitors to the District could expect this year.

  • Korean War Memorial
  • Jefferson Memorial
  • US Capitol Building
  • MLK Memorial
  • WWII Memorial
  • Washington DC China Town
  • White House
  • Elliott Ferguson, President and CEO of Destination DC

Elliott told us about the future of tourism in D.C. including the exciting attractions that will open this year. He also discussed the treasure trove of culinary, cultural and historical experiences that D.C. offers. Elliott reminded us of the reasons why we love calling the DMV* home.

Unbeknownst to us we were talking about tourism in D.C. as the U.S. Capitol Building was under siege. 

*DMV stands for the DC/Maryland/Virginia region.

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