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Tourism Industry to Welcome ... Reporters?

They are expected to show up in droves, descending on Washington for the big day, so many that Washington’s tourism industry is planning to create a special center just for them. Enthusiastic Barack Obama supporters? No, we’re talking about another group: the media.

Yes, where the people go, so go the reporters assigned to cover them, and with the massive crowds that are expected, every newsman and woman worth his or her salt will be here. Emily Durso, president of the Hotel Association of Washington D.C., tells the Post’s Nikita Stewart that the media center will serve as a place where journalists could charge their laptops, grab a bite to eat and, of course, pick up their press passes. A location will be chosen after tourism industry officials coordinate with the Presidential Inaugural Committee, she said.

“Even if you’re Tom Brokaw, you have to pick up your press credentials somewhere,” Durso said.

The tourism industry also would take advantage of the captive audience to promote the District. “If you’re going to be here for four days, you can’t just write about the parade,” Durso said.

By David A Nakamura  |  November 12, 2008; 10:43 AM ET  | Category:  Media
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