The major annual event at which U.S. destinations, travel businesses and attractions work to attract international visitors kicked off at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on June 3 with a topical overarching theme: "One Big Welcome."

The DC hospitality community recognizes the importance of hosting this event. DDC is recruiting 800 volunteers to assist at airports, hotels, events and welcome desks.

Vice President International Development & Hotel Relations, Hotel Connections

For over twenty years, Jonh Degni was a member of the IHG Group and, three months ago, he left that giant hotel company to work in a new corporation with special characteristics, different from the work he had carried out in IHG for Latin America. Caribbean News Digital talked to Mr. Degni about this and other matters within the framework of the recently-finished IPW 2016, held in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The 48th edition of the IPW returned for the fourth time to the revitalized, musical and cultural city of New Orleans after 14 years.

Universal Studios Hollywood president Larry Kurzweil said the introduction of a refined logo mirrors the venue’s approach as an “ever-evolving destination”.

New York City anticipates setting another visitor record this year, but travelers are expected to spend slightly less money.

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