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Media News from Washington, DC
May 2008

Greetings from Destination DC, the official convention and tourism corporation for Washington, DC. You'll notice that we have a new name and a new look for our website and online pressroom, where you'll find new press releases and high-resolution images.

Read on or visit destinationdc.com/pressroom to see what's new in DC this summer and fall. 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, [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]


Introducing...Destination DC
There's a new name for the city's official destination marketing organization and a fresh new look for Washington.org, inviting travelers to create their own power trips in DC.

Hotel Packages & Deals
With gas prices and travel costs on the rise, Destination DC is making summer getaways easier on the wallet. Our new "Staying Power" packages give you savings of 30% on DC's already low hotel rates when you make it a three-day weekend. Or, rock your vote early with The Liaison's election-themed Red & Blue packages.

DC Celebrates the Silk Road
As the National Gallery of Art premieres a ground-breaking exhibition of treasures from Afghanistan, cultural institutions and restaurants throughout the city are showcasing DC's international side with a celebration of flavors and cultures from the Silk Road.

Museum Exhibitions, Anniversaries and Events Spotlight the African-American Experience
Works by leading African-American artists are on display in DC this summer as the city prepares to host Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority's "centennial boule," along with other events and celebrations.

New Developments
Check out the new National Museum of Crime and Punishment and learn the latest on the National Museum of American History and other coming attractions.

Let's Eat Out: Outdoor Dining in the District
Nothing beats dining outdoors on a warm summer evening. Take a look at DC's hot new outdoor dining venues, plus a few of our insider favorites.

Hot Picks for Late-Night Bites
DC restaurants are catering to the theatre and nightlife crowd with menus perfect for late-night noshing.

What's New on the Restaurant Scene
The presidential election isn't the only thing keeping Capitol Hill hopping; the neighborhood has also seen an influx of hot new eateries, with more to come.

Upcoming Events
Fourth of July fireworks, jazz on the Mall, the Capital Fringe Festival and the Waterlily Festival are highlights of DC's calendar of events.

Upcoming Exhibitions
DC museums showcase works by leading African-American artists, treasures from Afghanistan and Chinese cultural artifacts.

To access the high-resolution images for each story above, please enter in (username) ddcclients and (password) clients@DDC when prompted . Both are case-sensitive.

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

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