WASHINGTON -- The new Washington D.C. Convention and Tourism Corp.
(WCTC), formed by the merger of the city's two main tourism
promotion groups, is now in business.
William Hanbury, formerly president and chief executive officer
of the Greater Milwaukee CVB, was approved as WCTC's president at
the group's first meeting.
WCTC was formed by the merger of the Washington D.C. Convention
and Visitors Association and the D.C. Committee to Promote
"With the creation of WCTC, a strong new board of directors, and
the new Washington Convention Center (opening March 2003),
Washington is posed to become one of the world's premier city
destinations," Hanbury said in a statement.
According to a spokesman, the group expects to make
announcements late this month on "the complete rebranding of the
organization and the city."
WCTC has a budget of $9 million, slightly higher than the
combined budget of the two groups.
Of its 44 employees, 38 were from the visitors association; nine
were from the Committee to Promote Washington. No employees were
They continue to operate from their premerger offices on
separate floors at 1212 New York Ave. N.W.
At the first meeting, former city council member Charlene Drew
Jarvis was elected WCTC chair by the 35-member board.
Other executive committee members are vice chair Gary Dollen,
Hyatt Regency Washington; secretary Linda Lee, Hunan Chinatown
restaurant, and treasurer Dennis Lewis, World Travel Service.
The Committee to Promote Washington, a nonprofit advertising and
marketing organization formed in 1980, produced consumer
advertising campaigns and promotions.
The visitors association, a nonprofit membership organization
formed in 1931, was involved in all other sales and marketing,
including the travel trade and meetings and conventions.
WCTC's Web address is www.washington.org.