Posts Tagged ‘Tourists’

Foreign-Language Tour Guides Among Most Affected By Shutdown

Tour guides and companies are mostly taking the government shutdown—which means the closure of the National Mall's monuments, the bread and butter of the local tourism industry—in stride. "This isn't high-high season for us," says Tammy Belden, president of the Guild of Professional Tour Guides.
Foreign-language tours, however, remain a prominent exception.
"What you find this time [...]

Tourists Try to Cram in as Many Museums as Possible Before Government Shuts Down

The countdown to doom started Monday on the National Mall as tourists scrambled to jam in as many Smithsonian museums as they could before the almost certain government shutdown Tuesday that would close all of the federally funded museums.
"I've waited all my life and wasted all my money to get here," said Kayla Martin, 65, [...]

Photos: Cherry Blossoms

Full Slideshow.  Tidal Basin, April 7th.  © 2013 Matt Dunn

The Needle: Caps Win! Edition

The Ice Of Boston Is For Losers: Not many hockey pundits picked the Washington Capitals to beat the Boston Bruins in the first round of this year's Stanley Cup playoffs. The Bruins won the whole thing last year, after all, and besides, the Caps are from D.C., where all things sport-related for most of the [...]

Photo: Man With Eight Cameras

Washington Monument, April 10

Getting Tourists Off The Mall

Tourist season is here, and while locals may find their folkways annoying, it's not exactly a surprise that the District would like to get tourist dollars spread a bit more throughout the city. The Atlantic Cities touts 5x5, a new public art exhibition designed to draw tourists deeper into D.C.
The city gave five curators $100,000 [...]

Photo: Tourists in Chinatown

700 Block H Street, NW.  July 29th.  © 2011 Matt Dunn

Photo: Tourists Reading Map

700 Block 7th Street, NW. © 2011 Matt Dunn

Photo: Tourist Season

Tourists, 18th and I Street, NW.  © 2010 Matt Dunn

District Limerick: Idle Threats Edition

Annoyances. They're all-consuming
As peak tourist season is looming
With weather so warm
Midwesterners swarm
To see all those cherries a-blooming
I used to be part of that blight
T'was slow-moving, nice, and polite
Of that, I'm bereft
If you stand on the left
Prepare for a tickling fight

Our Morning Roundup: Play Ball Edition

JDLand has her own thoughts on the allegedly slow development around Nationals Park (including both Southeast and Southwest sides). She uses the Post's archives to make the point that the MCI Center didn't exactly create instant redevelopment. [She doesn't use those same archives to chart all the failed promises city leaders have made concerning Nationals [...]