Washington, D.C.—Convention Center Hotel on Its Way
The latest in an ongoing series on developments in tradeshow destinations that are significant to show organizers: venue expansions and renovations, hotel construction, transportation enhancements and new enhancements important to tradeshow attendees:
Major 2014 Events
• One of the largest conferences and tradeshows of the year, the American College of Cardiology Annual Scientific Session & Expo will take place March 29-31 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The event, which will be the largest health care event Washington, D.C., has ever hosted will have an estimated economic impact of $35 million. Typically, the ACC annual meeting attrac
ts about 13,000 professional attendees and has a showfloor that is more than 160,000 net square feet.
• Later in the year, Washington, D.C., will play host to two other high-profile events, the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in July and the Jehovah’s Witness International Convention in August. Microsoft expects to welcome 15,000 attendees and use more than 68,000 hotel room nights while the Jehovah’s Witness convention expects more than 60,000 attendees and an economic impact of $41 million.
• The Trump Hotel Collection is redeveloping the iconic Old Post Office building, which will reopen as the Trump International Hotel in 2016. Following a $200-million redevelopment, set to begin this spring, the hotel will feature 270 guest rooms, meeting and event space, and a spa.
• When the Marriott Marquis Washington D.C. opens in May it will feature an underground concourse connecting it to the convention center as well as 1,175 guest rooms and more than 105,000 sq. ft. of function space.
• Later this spring a new 182-room Cambria Suites will open as part of the new CityMarket at O development.
In the City
• Dubbed “a modern-day Rockefeller Center” by the New York Times, the 10-acre CityCenterDC mixed-use project opened its first phase late last and will continue to open additional new restaurants and retail stores throughout the year and beyond.
• Construction on the Silver Line Metro Extension (also known as the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project) is underway. It will connect D.C. to Tysons Corner, Va., in the next few months and the line connecting Washington Dulles International Airport is expected to open in 2018.