February 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/

Maximum Award: $50,000 
Application Deadline is March 18, 2022 
  • Any organization, institution or association that is incorporated as a non-profit organization designated under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • Organizations that are located within and/or provide services or activities within a 6-mile radius (Link ) of the MGM Resort. Learn more

Visit Prince George's County and dine on an array of delectable dishes. Introduce your tastebuds to a new dining experience. Whether it's brunch, lunch, dinner, or something sweet, there are many restaurants with unique and tasty options on the menus. Please call or visit respective restaurants websites for hours of operations and online ordering.

Shop at one of the many boutiques and businesses within Prince George's! Enhance your signature style, pamper yourself or someone special, find a new product, or unique gift. Small businesses throughout the county need our support!
Industry News

More than 600 members of the travel industry are calling on Congress to enact policies that will restore and grow the domestic travel industry.
The group of industry representatives, representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam, signed a letter to Congress urging immediate action on near-term federal policies and that letter was delivered to lawmakers on January 19, 2022.

Women make up less than an eighth of the top leadership positions at 350 B-to-B travel industry companies analyzed by travel communication firm Belvera Partners. At those 350 companies, which cover a wide range of travel-related services including distribution, technology, ground handling and destination management, 12.4 percent have female CEOs, and 12.1 percent have female chairpersons, according to the report.

A new survey following traveler sentiment throughout the COVID-19 pandemic conducted by FinanceBuzz found that travelers are just as worried about the Omicron variant disrupting their travel plans or making it harder to travel as they were about the Delta variant.
Meetings & Events

Event planners are returning to live-only events more quickly than expected, despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, according to the latest research from specialist operator etc.venues.
The twice-yearly survey found that 97 per cent of planners were “increasingly inclined” to meet in person in 2022, with 82 per cent saying they valued face-to-face meetings more now than they did before the Covid crisis started two years ago.

Regardless of their outlook for recovery, nearly two-thirds of meeting planners have cancelled, postponed or moved in-person events over the past six weeks. This mirrors the wave of cancellations and changes in late summer, when the Delta variant was nearing its peak, per our August 19 survey results..

“If working apart, we are a force powerful enough to destabilize our planet, surely working together, we are powerful enough to save it,” said Sir David Attenborough during a speech at COP26 in Glasgow this past fall. The annual UN climate change conference took place as one of the warmest years on record came to a close and as the threats of climate change became more frequent and troubling in our everyday lives.
Accommodations & Hospitality

Much has changed due to the transformation that COVID-19 has brought upon our industry, but one thing has remained the same: To successfully bring people together through events and unique experiences, hotel and meeting professionals must continue to collaborate in a unified and transparent manner. Here are eight ways to maximize the relationship with your key partners in planning.

WASHINGTON (January 24, 2022) —The hotel industry will continue moving toward recovery in 2022, but the path will be uneven and potentially volatile, and full recovery is still several years away, according to the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA)’s 2022 State of the Hotel Industry Report. The report, which reveals shifts in consumer and business sentiment, was created in collaboration with AHLA Silver Partner Accenture and is based on data and forecasts from Oxford Economics and AHLA Platinum Partner STR.

The U.S. lodging industry's total revenue per available room in 2021 rose to 83.2 percent of the prepandemic level, hospitality data provider STR revealed. Hotel performance improved steadily over the course of the year.
Arts & Culture

For over 300 years, African Americans have raised families and built communities that have been vital to the growth and development of Prince George’s County and its history. Men and women have established neighborhoods, established businesses, infused the cultural landscape through arts and technology, and built structures, which have survived through years of change.

Celebrate and honor African American heritage during Black History Month in February. From performances to history lessons to tours, there are plenty of exciting events and activities planned throughout Prince George's County. 
Book Discussion - Wicked Flesh: Black Women, Intimacy and Freedom in the Atlantic World

Dr. Jessica Marie Johnson will discuss her book Wicked Flesh: Black Women, Intimacy and Freedom in the Atlantic World on Thursday, February 10, 2022, 6:30-7:30pm. Her focus is on Black women in the Atlantic world during the Middle Passage, highlighting issues of enslavement, sexuality, gender, and resistance.
To register for this Marietta House Museum program email Stacey.Hawkins@pgparks.com or call (301)464-5291.

In February, visit College Park Aviation Museum to tour some of history’s Black aviators, from the legendary Eugene Bullard to local aviator Gus McLeod, and their impacts on aviation. We’ll also dig deeper into the story of nearby Columbia Air Center, which was the first licensed airfield owned and operated by Black aviators in the country. To learn about dates and times visit here.

Celebrate Valentine's on February 14 at 8:00pm at the MGM Theater. This live and groovy concert is not to be missed! Purchase your tickets today.

On February 26 at 8:00pm at the MGM Theater, Iranian pop singer Ebi will perform live! Purchase your tickets today.

The Philharmonic joins forces with Prince George's County's most talented young instrumental, chosen for its yearly Side-By-Side Program. Named for its late Music Director, Charles Ellis, the program will feature classical repertoire as well as a performance by a special guests.

The Clarice’s BlackLight Summit aims to activate the unimagined possibilities in dance–it is a convening that envisions dance as a conduit to galvanize resilience and inventiveness

Year of the Tiger: We’re celebrating The Year of the Tiger at MGM National Harbor. Visit us this holiday season for a variety of cultural experiences you won’t want to miss.
Sports & Recreation

Greenbelt’s badminton club was founded about three months ago by Peter Teuben, who has been playing since university and currently serves as the faculty advisor for the University of Maryland’s club badminton team. He noticed that badminton is among Greenbelt Recreation’s plans for establishing a club. There’s been a positive response, with people of all ages attending the weekly drop-in sessions and a core group of regulars there to lead, support and rally newcomers.

The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), the nation’s oldest historically Black athletic conference, in partnership with Visit Baltimore, is hosting its tournament
February 22-26 at Royal Farms Arena and the Baltimore Convention Center. Help welcome athletes, coaches, families and alumni from all up and down the east coast at games, education sessions, special events, info booths and welcome programs at our hotels, airport and train station. All volunteers will receive official CIAA uniform swag!
Volunteer shifts are available at dozens of different
locations throughout Baltimore. To volunteer register at https://ciaa2022volunteer.my-trs.com/
Food & Beverage

Southern Peach BBQ is a family-run business in Prince George’s County serving soul food recipes. Owner Lakeisa Battle founded the business after facing a little competition in 2016. Battle’s daughter loved to cook and sell BBQ plates out of a stand in a parking lot in Forestville, Maryland. The side hustle went well until a food truck started operating on the same turf and took most of her daughter’s business.

It was the sad end of an era when Captain White’s picked up and floated away from the Wharf after half a century following a lease dispute with the Wharf’s developers. The iconic seafood barge has fortunately found a place to anchor in Prince George’s County near National Harbor at 6308 Livingston Road. [Washington Business Journal]
Community Highlights

The new Hyattsville public library at 6530 Adelphi Rd. is now slated to open in March. During the final inspection of the building last Tuesday, several minor issues were tagged which a contractor is now resolving, pushing back the planned January opening, Prince George’s County Memorial Library System Chief Operating Officer for Support Services Michael Gannon told the Hyattsville Wire.

The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission, (SMADC), is updating the annual ‘So. Maryland, So Good’ Buy Local Guide featuring regional farmers markets, farm stores, and stands, and new this year farm CSAs. Applications are now being accepted for the 2022 edition of the online ‘So. Maryland, So Good’ Buy Local Guide. Listings are open to farmers’ markets and Southern Maryland farms that host a farm store or farm stand, and farms that offer CSAs located in the 5-county region (Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Prince George’s, and St. Mary’s counties).

Like many, during the summer of 2020 Kendra and Aliyana McCarthy found themselves with extra time on their hands due to the pandemic. The Maryland mother-daughter duo were used to spending weekends exploring the DC-Maryland-Virginia area and tending to a busy social schedule. When all that came to a halt, McCarthy said she wanted to find a creative way to continue bonding with her daughter and ensure that her extroverted 7-year-old was getting the support she needed through their changing reality. 

The Prince George’s County Council voted unanimously Tuesday to extend its indoor mask mandate until March 9. Originally set to expire on Jan. 23, the declaration encourages residents to receive their COVID-19 vaccinations and booster shots. Members of the county council also recommend residents to wear a N95 or KN95 mask, or a cloth mask layered over a surgical mask.
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