April 2022
ExPGC Reimagined

Experience Prince George's continues to promote Prince George’s County as a desired destination for hospitality and tourism and your membership is key to the success of our community. ExPGC aggressively markets to enhance awareness of our businesses, attractions and assets and there’s no better way to highlight our destination than with your partnership! Join ExPGC and partner with us for the future! Application available by visiting: https://www.experienceprincegeorges.com/member/

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Industry News

Several major companies in the United States that received money from the government during the pandemic have cut back on travel spending to avoid backlash. According to Reuters.com, public backlash is forcing politicians to a close eye on companies that received government loans or other support, a move that could cost thousands of jobs in the U.S. hospitality industry, according to hotel, casino and airline leaders.

People are ready to travel again, but while interest in far-flung destinations grows, the desire to explore closer to home and in the great outdoors continues to hold steady. -Camping continues to be a strong draw for vacationers, with research showing travelers are 30 percent more likely to stay at a campground than last year.

As the world emerges from the shadow of the Covid pandemic and many travelers seek a different and deeper way to experience destinations, cultural tourism is quietly gaining momentum in the travel industry.

From same-sex honeymoons to bespoke operators, the world of LGBTQ+ travel has changed enormously in recent decades. But as the industry recovers from the pandemic, how is it re-embracing this burgeoning community of travelers, and what more can it do?
Meetings & Events

“It will be far harder to attract attendees (and get them to show up) because the pandemic has fundamentally changed the way most people value their time,” she wrote, “and so their willingness to take time out, even for a day, is less than it was.”
While the new normal may not feature record-breaking numbers anytime soon, it’s not all doom and gloom for the event industry.

Just as the in-person event industry is starting to recover, it is being hit with rising prices across the board, but nowhere is the surge more glaring than with fuel.While the event industry may not be the only sector affected, it was among those most hard-hit by the pandemic. Have these hardships made the event industry more efficient and therefore better prepared for this new setback, or will it shrink the sector even further?

In a world of constant distractions and shrinking attention spans, maintaining attendee engagement is harder than ever. Whether hosting an in-person, hybrid or virtual gathering, now is a great time for planners to rethink their event agenda and content approach.
Accommodations & Hospitality
Gaylord National Resort Continues Hotel Investment with New Multi-Million Dollar Restaurant Enhancements

Potomac District Café & Market opened on March 24. The 12,000 sq. ft. space, located in the lower Atrium, underwent an $8 million renovation. The sophisticated eatery will provide all-day meal offerings with a selection of over 100 different beers, spirits and bottles of wine and over 40 chef-prepared to-go options. The venue boasts sleek and comfortable productivity areas with charging and plug-in capabilities. Event planners hosting meetings at the convention hotel will be able to utilize the space to gather attendees for a post-meeting drink or happy hour with refreshments.

CBRE in its prior forecast, in December 2021, predicted ADR would reach 2019 levels in the second quarter of 2023. Occupancy in 2022 now is projected at 61.3 percent, an increase of 6.7 percent over the previous year and 5.3 percentage points below the 2019 level. This year’s RevPAR is forecast at $82.04, a 17.5 percent increase over 2021 and within 95 percent of the 2019 level, about six months earlier than the previous prediction.
Arts & Culture

The Smithsonian is slowly getting back to pre-pandemic “normal,” with all but two of its museums returning to daily hours by Memorial Day, the institution announced Tuesday. Smithsonian facilities have operated on a limited and frequently changing schedule throughout the pandemic. By May 30, most Smithsonian facilities in D.C. will be open seven days a week.

April 7, 2022 at 4:00pm – 6:00pm (Hybrid event)
After a year-long deep dive into historical records, researchers Maddy McCoy, Chris Milko, and Kate Brodt share an overview of their findings about the historical enslaved families and individuals who lived and labored at Marietta, a tobacco plantation located in Prince George's County. Hear about marriages, escapes, manumissions, and travails that contributed to the lives of the Brown, Duckett, and Butler Families. Advance registration required.
FREE! Ages 12 & up.
To register: www.pgparksdirect.com or via direct link: https://tinyurl.com/yckt4haz
Questions: email stacey.hawkins@pgparks.com

April 9, 2022 at 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Spring Festival! Free Events Throughout the Town of Edmonston and at Edmonston Veterans Park! Operation ARTS Foundation and The Town of Edmonston present “Spring Festival!” This is a FREE 2-part event on April 9th from 2-4 pm. The first part of this event will be to celebrate our public art installation “Art (M.A.G.N.E.T.)” our free little art gallery. We will kick off the event with a tiny art-making workshop and live documentary filming where people can share their stories about their artwork.

April 9th & 10th
The Price Is Right Live™ is the hit interactive stage show that gives eligible individuals the chance to hear their names called and "Come On Down" to win. Prizes may include appliances, vacations and possibly a new car! Play classic games just like on television's longest running and most popular game show…from Plinko™ to Cliffhangers™ to The Big Wheel™ and even the fabulous Showcase. If you’re a fan of The Price Is Right™ on TV, you’ll no doubt love this exciting, live (non-televised), on-stage version of the show! Purchase tickets here.

July 15th
Doors Open – 6:00 PM | Lobby & VIP Reception Concert – 7:30 PM | Center for Performing Arts
301 Largo Road, Largo, MD 20774
 Put on your favorite summer white attire and enjoy an explosive night of contemporary jazz with the dynamic saxophonist Gerald Albright and DMV favorite violinist Chelsey Green and The Green Project. Opening the show will be talented young saxman Langston Hughes II. Buy tickets here.

MARYLAND, USA — The "Movies on the Potomac" series is back at National Harbor starting in May with a lineup you won't want to miss. The popular outdoor movies series is set to run from May 1 through Sept. 30 and will have two days a week for movie fans to enjoy their favorite films. Every Thursday will be "date night," showing movies at 7 p.m. and Sunday will be "family night" with movies at 6 p.m.
Sports & Recreation

The Bowie Baysox have announced their promotional event schedule, revealing an entertainment-filled sixty-nine home game calendar. The 2022 season is filled with a mix of familiar events plus exciting new additions.
Opening Night’s first pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m. on Friday, April 8 against the Richmond Flying Squirrels (San Francisco Giants). All fans in attendance will receive a 2022 season Magnet Schedule, courtesy of Steamfitters 602.

The Bowie State women’s bowling team’s dynasty continues as the Bulldogs claimed its sixth-consecutive Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) championship with a 4-0 sweep over Fayetteville State at the AMF Lee-Hi Lanes in Salem, VA. The championship marks BSU’s 10th overall conference title – the most in CIAA history.

From the growth of professional venues that can become as much about entertainment as the game itself, to collegiate venues that are professional in everything but name, and even youth and recreation complexes that promote themselves as giving a professional experience to pre-teen athletes, there are few things in the sports industry that have changed as dramatically over the past two-plus decades as the venues in which games are played.
Food & Beverage

Little Miner Taco has moved out of miXt Food Hall and into the old Las Margaritas location across the street at 4308 Rhode Island Ave., which has been vacant for a while. The taco eatery is kicking off its soft-opening today.
Corbin Goldstein, CEO of Little Miner Taco, told the Hyattsville Wire that the move was part of a natural progression from a food truck to a food hall and now to their own space.

If you haven’t gotten your fill of the cherry blossoms in D.C., then you can (literally) fill up on a cherry blossom-themed dining experience at MGM National Harbor. Multiple restaurants located on the resort in Prince George’s County, Maryland, will be serving dishes that pay homage to the region’s symbol of spring.

The kitchen sprinkles its suya spice on beef, chicken, shrimp and salmon, and each protein does a superb job of showcasing the many strata of the blend, save for the salmon. For reasons I don’t completely understand, the clean, buttery flavors of salmon seem to swallow up the spicier elements of the suya blend. If the fish is your preferred vehicle for the spice, keep in mind that you’re getting a muted experience. Spice Kitchen serves its suya plates with a handful of sides. Whatever you do, don’t miss the full-throated jollof rice or the efo riro, the latter a kind of spicy, spirited spinach stew.
Community Highlights

Efforts to create a vibrant hub in central Prince George’s County advanced on Monday when a House panel approved $400 million for an area that county leaders refer to as the Blue Line Corridor. The funds were added by the Appropriations Committee to a measure, House Bill 897, that authorizes $200 million for renovations at minor league baseball stadiums around the state.

Demolition has begun on several older buildings at 5300 Baltimore Avenue in Hyattsville’s Arts District to make way for a new apartment and retail building. When completed, the Canvas Apartments will have 30,000 square feet of retail space and 285 apartments next to the historic Armory building and across the street from Busboys and Poets.

YEMF is hosting a fundraiser on Cinco de Mayo at Top Golf at the National Harbor from 6-9 pm. We hope you will join us! The purpose of this event is to bring awareness and build a financial foundation so we can execute our mission. The proceeds of the fundraiser will help fund the EmpowerHER EmpowerME Mother/Daughter Summit 2023. This summit will equip mothers and daughters with the skillset to better their lives and the lives of others. Register for the Event HERE!
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