Published on : Friday, March 23, 2018
The political epicenter of United States Washington, D.C has recently hosted some events like the March For Our Lives, which is an anti-gun violence protest scheduled for Saturday show make it easy for tourism officials. According to the tourism department of Washington DC, there is a huge number of tourists arrivals.
Washington, D.C. expects about half a million anti-gun violence protestors this weekend who will be calling for gun control reform.
The march comes after a mass shooting in Parkland, Florida in February that killed 17 people, and many of the attendees will be high school and college students who will travel from different parts of the United States. More than 800 other smaller, there are local anti gun marches will take place in other U.S. cities and around the world on Saturday.
The tourism boards often have little to do with marches and protests yet these protest events have an outsized impact on other sectors like hotels, airlines, and dining.
Destination DC, the tourism board also shared the same details. As the location of the United States’ federal government, Washington DC has had marches and protests for centuries. Protest tourism, however, is a term the organization has coined in light of the growth and higher frequency of protests since President Donald Trump’s inauguration in January 2017.
Elliott Ferguson, president and CEO of Destination D.C commented that the protest tourism is not something that’s happening because of the marketing efforts. The tourism department is involved with the dynamics of the event.
Ferguson said it’s not the organization’s place to take a side of a debate, including if the issue directly impacts the travel industry such as the president’s travel ban.
But the organization Destination DC doesn’t plan to mingle these protest event on its social media platforms other than to converse information from law enforcement and emergency services, said Ferguson.