For years the nation’s capital has been a top choice for meeting planners, and nowadays there’s even more reason to choose DC for your next meeting, convention or congress.
This is not your grandma’s capital city. Washington, DC topped Forbes’ 2014 list of “America’s Coolest Cities.” Many of the reasons for this distinction include brand new developments, a growing population, a great public transit system, and exciting neighborhoods brimming with cafes, shopping, nightlife and art galleries.
A premier global events destination, Washington, DC welcomes upwards of 18 million people visitors each year. With a capacity of more than 30,000 hotel rooms and boasting over 2,000 restaurants, Washington, DC is an ideal spot for hosting events of historic proportions.
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901 7th St. N.W., Suite 400
, Washington , DC 20001
Type of Destination Experience:
GSF Exhibit Space (Walter E. Washington Convention Center ): 703,000
Meeting Space, Square Feet (Events DC): 903,617
Largest Ballroom, Square Feet (Events DC): 473,000
Sleeping Rooms in largest hotel (Marriott Marquis Washington, DC): 1,175
Hotel adjacent to convention facility: Yes
Hotel rooms within one mile of convention center: 11,845
Washington Reagan National Airport
Miles to downtown 4
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International cities with direct flights0
Baltimore Washington International/Thurgood Marshall Airport
Miles to downtown 33
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International cities with direct flights9
Dulles International Airport
Miles to downtown 28
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International cities with direct flights49
Geographic Areas Served:
Washington, DC; Arlington, VA; Alexandria, VA; Herndon, VA; Middleburg, VA; Bethesda, MD; College Park, MD; Chevy Chase, MD; Clinton, MD; Chesapeake Beach, MD; National Harbor, MD; Laurel, MD, Capitol, Capital; Washington
Why Meet in Washington
The all-new Marriott Marquis Washington, DC is now the city’s largest hotel, and it connects directly to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Additional hotels, such as the Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC/Georgetown Area, Hyatt Place Washington DC/US Capitol and Cambria Suites Washington, DC, join a full suite of established meeting hubs gracing DC.
Whether your attendees are looking for an award-winning luxury property, business traveler-ready chains, chic boutique hotels, or comfortable family friendly inns and B&Bs, DC has something for everyone.
Recently named the best city to visit in the world in 2015 by travel guidebook publisher Lonely Planet, attendees can experience everything from the Smithsonian Institution's 17 free facilities to an exciting network of neighborhoods with trendy boutiques, hip bars and restaurants, plus art galleries, historic homes and lush parks. And no trip to DC would be complete without admiring the awe-inspiring monuments and memorials on the National Mall.