2019 Spirit of Hospitality Celebration
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A showcase of excellence in the tourism industry, the Spirit of Hospitality Celebration brings together industry leadership to provide funds critical to support the Foundation programs that empower the work of destination organizations globally through research, education, advocacy and leadership initiatives.

Join us as we recognize the recipient of this year's Spirit of Hospitality Award, the highest recognition presented annually to individuals and organizations that show exceptional dedication and commitment to the travel and tourism industry. 

Event Location

The Hamilton LIVE
Washington, D.C., USA

Schedule of Events

6:00 PM: Doors open with heavy hors d'oeuvres, food stations and hosted bar; music by DJ Sean J

7:00 PM: Award Ceremony honoring Samantha Brown

8:00 PM - 9:30 PM: Celebration reception featuring heavy hors d'oeuvres, hosted bar and live entertainment by The Pat McGee Band

9:30 PM - 11:00 PM: After party with DJ Sean J and cash bar

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(1) The Spirit of Hospitality Celebration is the industry's premier fundraiser for the Destinations International Foundation. (2) At the 2018 celebration, President & CEO Don Welsh poses with George Stone, Editor in Chief of National Geographic Traveler. (3) Attendees gather at the 2018 celebration reception. (4) Destinations International staff celebrate a successful event.


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Travel expert and television host Samantha Brown has been hosting TV travel programs for 18 years. During her time at Travel Channel she created 10 original international and domestic travel series generating over 170 hours of television.

Samantha's new travel series, Samantha Brown's Places to Love premiered on PBS in January 2018. In Places to Love, Samantha features the destinations, experiences and most importantly the people that make us, the traveler, feel like we belong to a place.


The event will take place at the Hamilton LIVE in Washington, D.C.

600 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
+1 202-787-1000

About the Hamilton LIVE

Strange and amazing, unlikely and enviable, the life of Alexander Hamilton is a man who started off an orphan and ended up a lawyer, banker and founding father before dying famously in a duel with the Vice President of the United States. Located just two blocks from the White House, the District's newest destination for envelope-pushing, visionary music and talent defies convention, much like Hamilton himself.

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Transportation Options


The Hamilton is located just steps from the White House at 14th & F Street, NW, Washington, D.C., two blocks away from the Metro Center station. After the event, you must return to Metro Center no later than 11:15 PM to catch the final trains of the evening.


PMI Parking, 1325 G St NW
+1 202-785-9191 x445
$10 validated self-park after 4:00 PM. Please make sure to bring your ticket with you for validation.

Ride Sharing/Taxi

The Hamilton is easily accessible by Lyft, Uber and taxi.