Monday, December 14, 2015

More Than 2,000 Visitors Participate in the 4th Annual Winternational Embassy Showcase

From our friends at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center...

34 Embassies. 2,500 People. One Building.

Over 30 Embassies were represented, showcasing their culture and traditions at the Reagan Building

Yesterday the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (RRB/ITC) hosted the 4th annual embassy showcase, Winternational. Thirty four embassies and 2,500 visitors participated in the lively midday celebration of international culture, travel, and tourism.

“Winternational is a great way to bring the international community and DC community together,” said John P. Drew, President and CEO of Trade Center Management Associates, the group that manages the RRB/ITC. “It’s a one of a kind experience where DC residents can travel the world - without the jet lag - and mingle with Ambassadors and diplomats to learn about different cultures and traditions, while getting a little holiday shopping done!”

The participating embassies included the African Union, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Botswana, Costa Rica, Egypt, El Salvador, European Union Delegation, Fiji, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Indonesia, Kenya, Latvia, League of Arab States, Macedonia, Mauritius, Montenegro, Nepal, Oman, Philippines, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, Uruguay and Uzbekistan.

Andrew Gelfuso, Vice President of Trade at the RRB/ITC appeared on WJLA’s Good Morning Washington with Ambassador Mohammad Ziauddin of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh and Ambassador David John Newman of the Republic of Botswana. The interview can be found here.

Each embassy showcased items of cultural significance, including art, handmade crafts, teas and coffees. Items were available for purchase. Attendees were treated to music by renowned violinist Rafael Javadov.

More information about the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center can be found here.

About Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (RRB/ITC):
The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center is the largest structure (3.1 million square feet) in Washington, DC and is owned by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and exclusively managed by Trade Center Management Associates (TCMA). As the first and only federal building dedicated to both government and private use, it is mandated by Congress to bring together the country’s best public and private resources to create a national forum for the advancement of trade. The Reagan Building is the official World Trade Center in Washington, DC, and a premier conference and event venue with executive office space, attractions, dining, retail, parking, and community activities.