Major Conventions

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Secure major conferences and meetings focused on health/medicine, education, and technology

Progress Updates:

September 2019: In 2020, DC will welcome 20 citywide conventions and special events (2,500 room nights on peak and above), generating 466,713 total room nights and an estimated economic impact of $360 million. Among them: SAS Global Forum, Association for Computing Machinery SIGGRAPH Annual Conference, International Society for Environmental Epidemiology’s 31st Annual Conference, Joint Triennial Congress of the Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis, and the National Black MBA Association Annual Conference.

Booked in 2019 for Future years: Many large-scale conventions confirmed in Washington, DC for future years, setting the city up for success in the long term. Over 50% of large citywide business is booked in advance of 7 years. Notable groups include:

  • New York Life (August 2021)
  • Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (July 2021)
  • National Urban League (July 2021)
  • American Geophysical Union (December 2024)
  • American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology (February 2024)
  • American Institute of Architects (June 2024, April 2032)
  • American College of Physicians Internal Medicine (April 2028)
  • American Water Works Association (June 2026 and 2032)
  • Oncology Nursing Society (April 2024 and 2027)
  • Government Finance Officers Association (June 2025)

September 2018: Destination DC secured the following conferences: SAS Global Forum 2020, BBCON 2022 (the premier tech gathering for social good), and Cable-Tech Expo 2025.

February 2018: DestinationDC will welcome Teach for America, an organization that recognized DC’s leading educational ecosystem in Feburary 2021, and in June of 2024, 2025, and 2026, DC will welcome Pegasystems, a cloud software company that recognized DC’s critical mass of leaders in the local tech economy. Both groups are examples of DDC’s new industry-based positioning at work.

April 2017: TechWeek, the nation’s leading technology conference and festival, announced that it is coming to DC for the first time.

  • Timeline: FY17-19
  • Lead and key partners: Destination DC
  • Related core sectors: health and life sciences, higher education, technology, hospitality and tourism
  • Related opportunity areas: security technology, hospitality innovation, professional services innovation, data science and analytics, impact economy
  • Related action areas: DC identity and promotion