As the center of the US government, and host to over 160 foreign embassies and international organizations
such as the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, Washington, DC is the US’s most international city.
Rich cultural and historic attractions bring over 16 million visitors to the city annually. Furthermore, DC is a
premier global convention and special events destination. In 2011, there were over 17.9 million visitors,
spending a total of $6 billion; $513 million on transportation, $1.9billion on lodging, $806 million on arts and
entertainment, $1.4 billion on food & beverage and $574 million on shopping.