Destination DC, the official destination marketing organization for Washington, DC, joined the U.S. Travel Association to report that Washington, DC has been selected as the host city for the International Pow Wow (IPW) in 2017. The four-day global marketplace for buyers and suppliers of travel products and services is expected to attract more than 5,500 delegates to Washington, DC, June 3-7, 2017.
"This is an unmatched opportunity to showcase our nations capital, and it will help generate more than $13.3 million in revenue for the District," said DC Mayor Vincent Gray.
More than $3.5 billion in future travel to the U.S. is generated each year as a result of IPW, according to data supplied by the U.S. Travel Association, which owns and operates the annual event.
In addition to generating 15,000 total hotel room nights during those four days, Washington, DC is estimated to benefit from more than $350 million in future bookings. IPW is the largest generator of travel to the U.S. During one-on-one appointments, travel supplier organizations from every U.S. region conduct business negotiations with buyers from around the world.
The U.S. Travel Association said it is proud to bring IPW to the nations capital in 2017 for the first time in its 40-plus year history. The event is planned for the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in 2017.
In addition to its convention facility, Washington, DC will showcase more than $8.5 billion in new development projects currently underway. Delegates will experience new hotel facilities such as the 1,175-room Washington Marriott Marquis Hotel, mixed-use development CityCenterDC, electric streetcars along the trendy H Street NE corridor, the new Smithsonians National Museum of African American History and Culture and an expanded Metrorail line connecting DC visitors to Washington Dulles International Airport.