About Washington, D.C.

Washington D.C. officially founded July 16, 1790 is the capital of the United States. The centers of all three branches of the federal government of the United States are located in the District, as are many of the nation's monuments and museums. Washington D.C. hosts 176 foreign embassies as well as the headquarters of the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Organization of American States (OAS), the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). The headquarters of many other institutions such as trade unions, non-profit organizations, lobbying groups, and professional associations are also located in the city.

Washington D.C. welcomes approximately 15 million visitors each year with approximately 1.2 million of them being international. After 217 years as the nation's capital, Washington is a place brimming with a unique history of its own. It has developed as a complex and layered city with multiple personalities. As home to the federal government, it has attracted a diverse mix of government workers, members of Congress from every state, foreign emissaries, lobbyists, petitioners and protestors. While elected and appointed officials come and go giving the city its reputation as a transient community, many of the city's residents have called Washington home for multiple generations. Their stories give Washington its distinctive character as both a national and local city.

Air Travel Information

There are three DC area airports - Reagan National Airport (DCA), Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI). These airports service more than 60 million passengers each year.

Please visit http://aib.msu.edu/events/2012/AirTravelDiscounts.asp for additional air travel information.

Basic Travel Information

From the Airport

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro System) is the nation's third largest and the nation's second-most utilized transport system. Both the hotel (Grand Hyatt Washington--Metro Center Station) and the venue (Ronald Reagan Building--Federal Triangle Station) are directly on the Blue and Orange Metro Lines and both facilities provide direct access to the metro station from within their buildings.

For hours, fares and station information, please visit http://www.wmata.com

SuperShuttle Discounts

Make your reservations using AIB's discount group code: AIB12. Academy of International Business attendees can use the code to get a set of discounts with either SuperShuttle or ExecuCar by calling the reservation agents at 1-800-BLUE-VAN(258-3826) or reserve via the conventions group page at http://groups.supershuttle.com/aib12.html

Discount: $2 off each way or $5 off roundtrip

The promotional code is only valid for delegates attending the AIB 2012 annual meeting and any accompanying companions.

Please visit http://aib.msu.edu/events/2012/Lodging.asp for additional information on ground transportation.


The legal tender is the US dollar (USD)


Washington D.C. is Eastern Standard Time (EST)


The voltage is 120 volts, 60 cycles (60hz)


Washington is located in the humid subtropical climate zone and exhibits four distinct seasons. Spring and fall are warm, while winter is cool and annual snowfall averaging 15 inches. Summers are hot and humid in DC. The combination of heat and humidity in the summer brings frequent thunderstorms, some of which occasionally produce tornadoes in the area.


English is the official language of Washington, D.C.

Tipping Advice

Tipping in Washington, D.C. is technically the same as elsewhere in the country, meaning 15 to 20 percent. Stay closer to 20 percent if your service was decent.

Business Hours

Most office hours are 8 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday.


Smithsonian's: National Museum of Natural History; founded in 1846, the Smithsonian is the world's largest museum and research complex, consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park and nine research facilities

For more information, please visit http://www.si.edu

National Air & Space Museum maintains the largest collection of historic air and spacecraft in the world. It is also a vital center for research into the history, science, and technology of aviation and space flight, as well as planetary science and terrestrial geology and geophysics.

For more information, please visit http://www.nasm.si.edu

National World War II Memorial honors the 16 million who served in the armed forces of the U.S., the more than 400,000 who died, and all who supported the war effort from home. Symbolic of the defining event of the 20th Century, the memorial is a monument to the spirit, sacrifice, and the commitment of the American people.

For more information, please visit http://www.wwiimemorial.com

Lincoln Memorial; "In this temple, as in the hearts of the people for whom he saved the Union, the memory of Abraham Lincoln is enshrined forever." Beneath these words, the 16th President of the United States-the Great Emancipator and preserver of the national during the Civil War -sits immortalized in marble. As an enduring symbol of freedom, the Lincoln Memorial attracts anyone who seeks inspiration and hope.

For more information, please visit http://www.nps.gov/linc/index.htm

Visa Information

If you have questions or concerns regarding visa information for your trip to Washington D.C., please contact the AIB Secretariat office.

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