Announcement marks the sixth new destination offering in the past 12 months for the award-winning Destination Management CompanyAlliedPRA, Inc., a global leader in the destination management company (DMC) sector, has announced the official opening of the AlliedPRA Washington, D.C. office as shared by Denise Dornfeld, President of AlliedPRA North America. This moves marks the sixth new destination offering in the past 12 months by the award-winning Destination Management Company, with other new locations on board which include, Hawai’i, Madrid, Portugal, Rome, Scotland, and now Washington, D.C. In addition, AlliedPRA expanded its marketing partnerships in North America with Cantrav Destination Management Services to cover Canada and Alaska. Heading up the company-owned District office is Christopher McAnany, Director of Sales for AlliedPRA Washington, D.C., along with Meg Usher, Account Manager and Pia Kirwan, Program Manager.
McAnany brings nearly 14 years of experience that encompasses operations, sales, marketing, client services and account management within various event, hospitality and branding realms for clients around the globe. In his role as Director of Sales, he will oversee all daily operations of the new location, focusing on business and partner development. As a native of the Washington, D.C .metropolitan area, Usher is proud to showcase her city and everything it has to offer. She began her career in the industry as a meeting planner with a trade association. For nearly 11 years, she pursued the “best-of-the-best” things to do, see, and experience for her guests and attendees. Kirwan brings a wealth of experience gained from various global sales and development roles in the hospitality industry. Originally from Montreal, Canada, she most recently worked for the Canadian Tourism Commission raising Canada’s profile in the international meetings, association and incentive arena. This experienced team brings together years of industry expertise; spending quality time understanding client’s passions and goals to design truly fulfilling experiences, while matching groups with the hidden gems and iconic landmarks that suit client interests and budgets.
According to the local convention and visitors bureau, in 2013, Washington, D.C. received 19 million visitors of which 17.4 million were domestic, an all-time high, and 1.6 million came from overseas. The hospitality and tourism industry fueled the economy of the nation’s capital last year, with an estimated $6.7 billion in visitor spending. With exceptional inventory already in place, new hotels, restaurants, attractions and transportation options are expected to open in the next 24 months. Visitors to Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland will experience an impressive array of fascinating and historic attractions. The district is home to powerful monuments and memorials on the National Mall, along with inspiring cultural treasures like the Smithsonian Institution, Library of Congress and National Gallery of Art. But that’s just a start. This one-of-a-kind destination also boasts some of the most acclaimed hotels and venues in the nation. Explore charming neighborhoods, hot spots in historic Georgetown, or be tempted with the chic boutiques, hip local restaurants, world-class theatres, or breathtaking cherry blossoms that adorn tranquil parks.
“Washington, D.C. is the perfect location for companies and organizations seeking a distinct destination for meetings, incentives and events,” commented McAnany. “As one of the worlds’ most talked about destinations, D.C. attracts millions of international visitors with its unmatched assortment of quality attractions, magnificent memorials and monuments, world-class dining and first-rate accommodations. Our experienced team is ready to share its outstanding DMC programs in this sought-after destination.”
“We’ve been waiting for years to find the right time to launch operations in the District region and are so pleased to officially open the doors for AlliedPRA Washington, D.C., knowing this destination is the next phase in continuing our global growth strategy to meet the evolving needs for incentive and corporate travel,” commented Denise Dornfeld. "Our clients have requested this destination and it was an offering we’ve wanted to bring to the table. We now have the perfect team in place, who are industry leaders offering only the best in destination services. With a proven track record of success and leadership the AlliedPRA Washington, D.C. team has a wealth of experience in delivering destination management services, and we look forward to impressing our valued clients with our newest destination offering."