Black Meetings and Tourism

November/December 2014

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WASHINGTON DC The contributions of African Americans to the landscape and culture of our nation's capital runs deep. From Benjamin Bannaker, a free African-American scientist and surveyor who was part of the team that surveyed the origi- nal borders of the District of Columbia to President Barack Obama, this city is the embodiment of the African- American experience. The newest hotel on the DC landscape, is also the city's largest hotel – the 1,175-room Marriott Marquis Washington, DC, developed by Norm Jenkins. Jenkins who is African- American, is president of Capstone Development, LLC Washington now boasts a hotel inventory of nearly 30,000 rooms. The monuments and memorials that pay homage to the African-American experience are many – the African American Civil War Memorial and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial are two of the better known. The National Museum of African American History and Culture, scheduled to open in 2016, will be a place where all Americans can learn about the richness and diversity of the African-American experience, what it means to their lives and how it helped us shape this nation. The Frederick Douglass National Historic Site is adminis- tered by the National Park Service and sits at 1411 W. St, SE in the Anacostia neighborhood of DC. Douglass lived in the house he nicknamed Cedar Hill for 22 years until his death. Many of DC's major attractions are free like the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial and the Vietnam Memorial to name a few, and many are within walk- ing distance of one another. The Walter E. Washington Convention Center is the pre- miere gathering place for meetings and conventions including the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation held each September. This 2.3 million sq. ft. facility has over 700,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space, 198,000 sq. ft. of meeting space in 77 rooms, and a 52,000-sq. ft. ballroom. The northeastern region is a vast land of culture and her- itage. It's the epicenter of this great country. Most of our form- ative history and culture is found in the lands that make up this region of the country. Its place in the global community is unmatched. As the financial, media, cultural and government center of the world it's understandably the destination of choice for tourists, meetings and conventions. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Photo Credit:Washington DC CVB C O N T A C T I N F O R M A T I O N ConnecticutOfficeofTourism–(888)CT-VISIT/ DelawareTourismOffice–(866)284-7483/ MaineOfficeofTourism–(888)624-6345/ MarylandOfficeofTourism–(866)639-3526/ MassachusettsOfficeofTravelandTourism–(800)227-MASS/ NewHampshireDivisionofTravelandTourismDevelopment–(603)271-2665/ NewJerseyDivisionofTravelandTourism–(800)VISIT-NJ/ NewYorkStateDepartmentofEconomicDevelopment–(800)CALL-NYS/ Ontario,Canada–(800)–ONTARIO/ VisitPennsylvania–(800)VISIT-PA/ RhodeIslandTourismDivision–(800)556-2484/ VermontDepartmentofTourismandMarketing–(800)VERMONT/ DestinationDC–(202)789-7000/ B M & T ••• November/December 2014 ••• 33

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