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Primed to Lead: Elliott L. Ferguson, II, WCTC

By Lina Khouri

March 15, 2007

Elliott L. Ferguson, II is always up for a challenge.

A seasoned professional of the convention and hospitality industry, Ferguson’s tourism career spans turbulent times. He held positions in Atlanta, Ga. during the bombing at the 1996 Olympics and relocated to the Washington, DC Convention & Tourism Corporation mere months after the Pentagon attack on Sept. 11, 2001.

Ferguson saw public perception of the industry change from enthusiasm to apprehension. In the months following the attack, the number of visitors to the nation’s capital slipped significantly, but Ferguson worked hard to ease customers’ doubts and promote D.C. as a top location for conferences and tours.