About Capital Region USA

Learn More About Capital Region USA

Capital Region USA (CRUSA) is the official regional destination marketing organization promoting Washington, DC, Virginia and Maryland internationally, in partnership with Destination DC, the Virginia Tourism Corporation, the Maryland Office of Tourism Development and the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.

Our Mission

More overseas travelers staying longer and spending more money, achieved through the leveraging of public and private investments to promote a regional travel experience that supports our customer's buying habits.

View Our Annual Report

Click here to view CRUSA's Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2023. 


  • United Kingdom
  • Ireland
  • Germany
  • Austria
  • Switzerland
  • France
  • Belgium
  • The Netherlands

Board of Directors

Virginia Tourism Corporation:

Rita McClenny, President & CEO

Diane Bechamps, Vice President, Marketing

Heidi Johannesen, Global Marketing Director

Maryland Office of Tourism Development:

Liz Fitzsimmons, Managing Director of the Division of Film, Tourism & The Arts

Marci Ross, Assistant Director, Tourism Development

Rich Gilbert, Travel Trade Sales Manager

Destination DC:

Elliott L. Ferguson II, President & CEO

Theresa Belpulsi, Vice President, Tourism

Robin McClain, Vice President, Marketing & Communications


Chair – Liz Fitzsimmons

Vice Chair – Theresa Belpulsi 

Secretary/Treasurer – Heidi Johannesen