Washington is looking to invest more heavily in Ghana. (Courtesy of washington.org)

D.C. is partnering with South African Airways to help attract more visitors to the nation’s capital, particularly from West Africa.

The partnership was forged by Destination DC — formerly known as the Washington, DC Convention & Tourism Corporation — which is the city’s official destination marketing organization.

As home of the world’s largest population of Ghanaians outside of Ghana, the District aims to showcase the many attractions that Washington has to offer to visitors.

“The value added associated with making Washington, D.C., a part of your itinerary in coming to the United States, in our opinion, is incredible, especially if you’re spending the whole day doing things that are free, then you’re able to spend more on a great meal, shopping or going to concert or sporting event in D.C.,” Elliot Fergusson II, president and CEO of Destination DC, said in a press release.

In order to communicate the importance and impact of international visitation and the economic spin, Destination DC has been working closely with the US Travel Association, Fergusson said.

D.C. Administrator Named Director of Gullah Corridor

​One of the nation’s oldest African communities is celebrating a new addition to its rich tradition.

​Heather Hodges, an administrator of a nonprofit law firm that provides free legal services in D.C. and a photographer who documents African, Afro-Latino and Hispanic cultures, was recently named executive director of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor, located in South Carolina.

“My vision for the Corridor is that it remains an enduring, robust and multi-faceted platform for the recognition of the cultural contributions of the Gullah Geechee people,” Hodges said. “I look forward to supporting the Commission as it continues the important work of both implementing the Management Plan and finding new partners and supporters to help accomplish its important mission.”

​Hodges, selected by a 13-member federal commission, is set to begin on Nov. 6.

International Africa Summit Coming to D.C. Area

​The annual US-Africa International Economic Development Summit is fast approaching, with many participants already registered.

For this year’s theme — “Strengthening Bilateral Investments Between U.S. and Africa” — panelists will focus on the areas of small- and medium-sized business relations and partnerships between Black American-, Caribbean- and Afro Latino-owned companies alongside Africa.

As the U.S. undergoes another era of policy under the Trump administration, the seminar hopes to get African Union policy to favor African/African Diaspora joint ventures in government procurement and guarantee payment, as well as having the USAID to require 25 percent of its sub-contracting go to African SME/African Diaspora joint ventures.

Summit officials also aim to establish government procurement policies and regulations.

The conference will run from Oct. 17-20 at The Hotel in College Park, Maryland, culminating with an elaborate gala.

Lauren M. Poteat

Lauren Poteat is a versatile writer with a strong background in communications and media experience with an additional background in education and development.

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