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Media News from Washington, DC
March 2008

Greetings from the Washington, DC Convention & Tourism Corporation
We've added new press releases and high-resolution images to our online pressroom. Read on or visit Washington.org/pressroom to see what's new in DC this spring and summer. If you would prefer to receive these releases in the mail, please let us know.

For more information, contact:

Rebecca Pawlowski,
Director of Communications, 202-789-7099, Rebecca[email protected]

Carla Barry-Austin,
Media Relations Manager (Domestic), 202-789-7072, [email protected]

Chris Gieckel,
Media Relations Manager (International & Trade), 202-789-7053, [email protected]


DC's International Side Shines this Spring
Don't let exchange rates get in the way of your international travel stories; global adventures await travelers to DC's cultural crossroads. DC is especially exciting this spring as embassies host open houses and the National Gallery welcomes treasures from Afghanistan.

Walk This Way: Walking Tours Blaze Trails through the District
A Brookings Institution study recently named DC the nation's most "walkable" city. Click here to find out about DC's new tour options that add to its appeal as a walking town.

Springtime Blooms with the National Cherry Blossom Festival
Celebrate the 96th anniversary of the gift of cherry trees this spring at the National Cherry Blossom Festival, March 29-April 13. Beyond the blooms, look for hotel packages, blossom-themed tours and special events that celebrate spring.

Hotel Update
Election year in the District means new luxury hotels and multi-million dollar facelifts for some of the cities' most popular properties.

DC Dish: What's New on the Restaurant Scene
Here's a look at what's newly opened and what's to come, plus a run-down on the cherry-infused fare that's on the menu at DC restaurants during the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Or, cast your vote early with political cocktails at DC's bars and restaurants.

New Developments
The Newseum announces an April opening date, while plans move forward for other attractions like the National Museum of Crime and Punishment and the renovated National Museum of American History.

Upcoming Events
Embassies open their doors during Passport DC this May. The Smithsonian Folklife Festival returns to the National Mall this summer, and DC lights up with fireworks for Independence Day.

Upcoming Exhibitions
Treasures of Afghanistan are on display this summer at the National Gallery of Art, while American masterpieces are in focus at the Corcoran Gallery.

For additional images, please contact Chrissy Sutphin at [email protected] or (202) 789-7098.

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