Destination DC, the official destination marketing organisation for Washington, DC, announces the appointment of Indiva Marketing responsible for all trade and media relations in India.“In 2017, the city welcomed an estimated 88,000 visitors from India, making it DC’s seventh overseas market. Washington, DC is strongly committed to the Indian market and will focus on extensive trade, marketing and communication initiatives in collaboration with Indiva Marketing to increase awareness,” said Elliott L Ferguson, II, President and CEO of Destination DC.Destination DC recently participated in the Brand USA India Sales Mission to Mumbai, New Delhi and Bengaluru to discuss the latest in Washington, DC with tour operators, airline representatives, travel agents, buyers as well as media. Through its ‘DC Cool’ brand across editorial, social media and new trade promotions, Washington, DC promotes the fascinating museums and art galleries, historic neighbourhoods, iconic monuments and memorials and exceptional culinary scene. The new advertising campaign ‘Discover the Real DC’ is born from the organisation’s desire to convey authentic DC experiences.“We are thrilled to work with Washington, DC to develop multiple outbound opportunities and strongly position the capital city and its many historic sites and enticing art scene,” said Beate Mauder Kakkar, Managing Director of Indiva Marketing.With USD 11.5 billion in development and more than 4,500 hotel rooms in the pipeline, there are many new ways for Indian families to experience the city. The International Spy Museum moves to L’Enfant Plaza and reopens next spring. The Washington Monument reopens next year and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s ‘Fossil Hall’ reopens in June 2019.
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UAW Wants To Pool Health Care For Union, Non-Union Auto Workers The move, which would incorporate nearly a million employees and UAW retirees at Detroit’s Big Three automakers, is aimed at leveraging size to win cost savings from medical providers and drug companies. United Auto Workers President Dennis Williams said on Thursday he wants to enter talks with the three major U.S. automakers to pool active union and nonunion workers and UAW retirees to bargain for lower healthcare costs. Such a pool of about 900,000 people connected to Detroit’s three automakers would not mean a single healthcare plan, but instead a collective to wield more leverage in negotiations with drug companies, hospitals and insurance companies, he noted. (6/18) The United Auto Workers is looking to create one large health insurance pool for workers at Detroit’s Big Three auto makers, a move aimed at helping the companies better leverage their size to win cost savings from medical providers. UAW President Dennis Williams said Thursday he aims to bring the proposal to the bargaining table next month when the union starts negotiations for a new four-year contract with Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co. and FCA US LLC, the U.S. unit of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV. He said the insurance pool could include active hourly workers, as well as salaried employees and hourly retirees, a group that would combined have more than 1 million members. (Rogers, 6/18) Reuters: UAW President Says Union Wants To Expand Health Care Pool USA Today/Detroit Free Press: UAW Open To Including Salaried Workers In Health Trust Traditionally, non-union salaried employees for General Motors, Ford and Chrysler have had separate benefits than hourly workers who are represented by the UAW. But Williams said that a health care trust created in 2007 to insure UAW retirees is well-managed and could pave the way for the inclusion of blue-collar workers and white-collar employees. (Gardner, 6/18) The Wall Street Journal: UAW Looks At Pooling Auto-Worker Health Care This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.