Every year, travel industry professionals from about 70 countries arrive in Washington, D.C., for the annual IPW conference.
On Sunday, June 5, the Newseum was thrilled to welcome journalists for the conference’s Press Brunch.
As Destination DC President and CEO Elliott Ferguson said when he welcomed the crowd, Washington, D.C., is a city of “3 M’s” — monuments, museums and memorials — but it is also a city of so much more. Washington is home to a vibrant and diverse population that has enlivened the city’s food, music, history and arts scenes. The city’s unique culture was celebrated at the Press Brunch, starting with a performance by two local music groups, Rare Essence and Backyard Band, which have come together to keep go-go, Washington’s own music genre, alive in the nation’s capital.
Following that energetic opening, attendees also heard from District Mayor Muriel Bowser and Newseum President and CEO Jeffrey Herbst, before embarking on tours of the Newseum’s exhibits. The morning concluded with a lively rhythmic performance by Batala, an all-female Afro-Brazilian percussion group based in D.C.
IPW attendees and visitors to D.C. are encouraged to use the hashtag #MyDCCool as they explore all that the Washington area has to offer. Are you an IPW badge holder? You can visit the Newseum anytime this week for free — just bring your badge!