MLK: 'March on Washington' will draw thousands to D.C.
WASHINGTON (WJLA) -- The now historic “I Have a Dream” speech was conceived on the other side of this door to a suite at the Willard Hotel, where King and his team spent the night before that monumental day.
Half a century later, the Willard Continental is not saying how much the opulent MLK suite rents for, but whatever the price, they’re getting some very good pick-up for the month of August -- it’s already booked through August 28: the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.
Hundreds of thousands of visitors are expected to come to the city, and the city's Convention & Visitor's Bureau is anticipating tens of thousands of dollars to be spent daily.
The general manager of the Courtyard by Marriott on F Street says that in just the past two weeks, his reservations have gone through the roof. In fact, he expects to sold out in the next couple of days.
Chartered bus bookings are also on the rise, and RFK stadium -- one of the major lots in the city -- is reportedly sold out as 700 busloads of riders will make their way from RFK onto the metro.
On this Friday night, tourists lament that they’re visiting the District too early.
"What's most disappointing is that I couldn't have been here for the march," says Rebecca Davis from Connecticut.
"I wish I could make it back," laughs Texas visitor Llewellyn Hammond. "I wish I could make it back next week!"