August 2022
ExPGC Reimagined
Prince George’s County has been named the #1 Digital County in the United States in the 20th Annual Digital Counties Survey. This is the second year in a row that Prince George's County has been recognized by the Center for Digital Government (CDG), is an intense competition that honors the top ten Counties nationwide using smart strategies for digital services to move toward the future.
The Hall CP is offering discounted private event rates for Experience PG members for the month of August!
Looking for a unique venue with newly renovated indoor and outdoor spaces with full AV capabilities and custom menus and bar packages?! Head to their website to fill out an event request form and put “Experience PG” in the additional information section to receive a discounted rate! Get more information HERE
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:
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Industry News
MMGY Global has released a new research report, Portrait of Travelers with Disabilities™: Mobility and Accessibility, which it hopes will act as a call to action for every industry so they can better understand and meet the needs of the millions of people who use mobility aids, as well as their traveling companions. The survey found lodging and transportation accessibility are cited as the two biggest barriers to travel for those with mobility issues. Nearly all respondents (96%) say they have faced an accommodation problem while traveling, while 86% have experienced flight problems and 79% have experienced in-market transportation problems.
As the metaverse takes shape, travel brands are exploring how they can unlock the potential of emerging applications for these virtual worlds to create innovative ways for travelers to discover new destinations, experiences, meeting venues, and lodging options.
Recently it was finally announced that JetBlue Airways would purchase Spirit Airlines for $3.8 billion, just hours after the latter terminated its merger agreement with competitor Frontier Airlines, a proposal that apparently failed to garner enough shareholder support.
United, and a lot of other U.S.-based airlines didn’t permit onboard booze purchases during most of the pandemic, but that’s changed and the airline is now even enabling passengers on certain U.S. domestic flights to order snacks and drinks up to five days before their trips.

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) announced it believes 412,000 industry jobs in the United States will remain unfilled this year. According to data from the WTTC, one in 18 travel and tourism jobs remained vacant during the first half of 2022, highlighting a talent crunch that has plagued the sector since early 2021. An estimated 321,000 positions went unfilled in the January-June period.
Thanks to new advances in artificial intelligence, the future of transportation will be increasingly automated and sustainable, per Euromonitor’s Future of Travel 2040 report. But at the same time, with Covid having drastically sped up the adoption of a host of new digital and online technologies, forward-looking industry innovations aren’t limited to smarter experiences alone.
Meetings & Events
According to a new report by Accor, the need for in-person meetings still exists. Although some feel as if post-pandemic travel for business must be critical to justify the costs financially.
A report based on European business leaders among ten industries, say that 20 percent of in-person meeting "may have gone forever", and that there will be less business trips but with more of a purpose.

Group business is beginning to pick up slowly, but capturing wallets and loyalty from this potentially profitable sector comes with a few extra challenges. The consensus among hoteliers is that the conditions around group demand pre-pandemic are not the same today.

The rate of recovery for meetings and events has sped up fueled by smaller meetings and events of 200 attendees or less. The meetings and events industry is on track to reach full market recovery next year, according to data and hospitality technology company Knowland. Its quarterly update to the U.S. Meetings Recovery Forecast (MRF) and associated Top 25 U.S. Meetings Recovery Forecast (MRF25) was released today.
Accommodations & Hospitality
A combination of inflation, economic uncertainty and fluctuating gas prices could be prompting hesitancy in late-summer leisure travelers. And in some cases, savvy hoteliers are using value-adds to seal the deal. Peter Ricci, director of Florida Atlantic University's Hospitality and Tourism Management program, said he's seen a notable increase in the number of hotel promotions in the South Florida market for August and September.
How the industry can supercharge the path toward the American Dream
As our industry continues to navigate the impacts of COVID-19, labor shortages, rising inflation, and volatility within the major economic systems across the globe, hoteliers and industry insiders have been left searching for answers. Executives have been forced to move beyond the balance sheet and into the space of building the future they wish to see.

The Hotel is proud to partner with Vino 301 Wine Concierge to offer exclusive Heritage Region (Prince George’s County & Southern MD) wine tours for our guests. Treat yourself to a mid-week escape and spend the day sampling the best wines Maryland has to offer, followed by a relaxing evening in one of our Deluxe guestrooms. Who said weekdays were only for work? Bring your friends and allow us to bring the fun!
This package includes:
  • All-inclusive guided wine tour for up to (5) hours – transportation, tastings, lunch and snacks are included
  • Collectible wine glass and tote bag
  • Overnight stay in a Deluxe room
  • 10 AM early check-in
  • Complimentary parking
Arts & Culture

PGAHC is currently seeking digital media artists for their digital public art exhibition. Past completed/displayed work is acceptable; this is not a commission for new work. Selected artists will receive a $1,000 honorarium. Artwork themes should include wellness, nature, community, and/or technology. Submission Deadline: August 22. For questions contact:
Prince George’s County Film Festival
In celebration of the Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council’s 40th anniversary, the Prince George’s Film Office will host the first annual Prince George’s Film Festival - Take One. The Prince George’s Film Festival is the premier program for new film works from up-and-coming and established independent filmmakers with diverse voices.”

The latest piece of public art on the Route 1 corridor is a new mural in Bladensburg. Located at the Ernest Maier masonry supply store at 4700 Annapolis Rd., the mural shows the town name over a sunset on the nearby Northeast Branch of the Anacostia River. Artist Cindy Fletcher Holden, who currently lives in Annapolis, spent a lot of time on the Route 1 corridor visiting family in Riverdale Park as a kid.
PGParks History: Montpelier House Museum Invites Descendants and Possible Descendants of The Enslaved People of the Site
Join staff on Saturday, August 6 at 3:30pm for a meet and greet with Nathania Branch-Miles, professional genealogist and leader of a new research project on the enslaved of Montpelier. We invite those who believe they might be a descendant of the enslaved of Montpelier in Laurel. If you would like to attend, please call 301-377-7817 or email Holly Burnham at *This event is for descendants or possible descendants of the enslaved only. 
We are proud to announce Six Flags America is the first theme park in the DMV to become a Certified Autism Center!  This accreditation coincides with the introduction of a revolutionary and specialized restraint harness that allows access to ALL Six Flags Thrill Rides for guests with physical disabilities*, as well as all new days dedicated to comfort for guests with sensory sensitivity.
Our County Fair is back! And will be at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro September 8-11. It’ll all be there: 4-H Livestock and Crafts, Beautiful Baby Contest, Venders, Exhibitors, Performers and Rides. Hours: Thursday & Friday, 5 to 10pm.; Saturday, 11am to 10pm.; Sunday, 11am. to 6pm. Admission: up to age 13, $5; ages 13 and older, $6. Thursday night free for ages 55+.
Marlon Wayans will bring his Microphone Fiend Tour to The Theater at MGM National Harbor on October 15. Tickets are now on sale.

ZZ Top will bring his Raw Whisky Tour to the Theater at MGM National Harbor on October 22. MGM Rewards Presale begins August 4 and tickets go on sale August 5.

Maxwell is coming to The Theater at MGM National Harbor on November 12 and 13! MGM Rewards Presale begins August 4 and tickets go on sale August 5.
Sports & Recreation
The Junior Tennis Champions Center (JTTC), in College park will host the The Wayne K. Curry Prince George’s County International Junior Tennis Championships on August 21-27. The tournament, presented by Laurel Springs School, is a premier junior tournament featured on the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Junior World Tour.

Bowie State University Department of Athletics and Recreation will host the 27th Annual Hoops for Peace basketball tournament on August 6. This 3 on 3 game is presented by The Community Kinship Coalition Inc. (CKC) CKC works to empower Prince Georges County youth to work together to become active participants in the decision making process, capacity building and sustaining of their communities. 

Enterprise Golf Course Reopens
Mark your calendars! Celebrate the Grand Reopening Celebration for Enterprise Golf Course on August 12. Enjoy an exciting day of golf, contest prizes, and more! This event will book fast so make your reservation today. Learn more here -” 

Pee Wee Fall Soccer League
Department of Parks and Recreation Prince George's County: Goal!!! Check out the moves of these pee wee soccer players at their game over the weekend. Don't miss out on the fun, register your child for the Pee Wee Fall Soccer League HERE

Negro League Legends Hall of Fame Baseball Returns to Prince George's Stadium
Negro League Legends Hall of Fame (NLLHOF) will host its Annual East/West all-star vintage game and Auto Showcase at Prince George's Stadium, home of the Bowie Baysox on August 6. Stop by to view classic cars and swap stories about your favorite autos. Then, head over to the stadium to watch collegiate and semi-pro baseball players decked out in vintage uniforms play the Annual East/West Vintage Baseball Game. The auto-showcase begins at 10:00 am, is free open to the public before the NLLHOF East/West vintage baseball game at 1:00 pm. A ticket is required for admission. Order your e-ticket on Eventbrite HERE.
Food & Beverage
Several restaurants along the Route 1 corridor were highlighted at the 40th Annual Rammy Awards held on July 23 in Washington, DC. This event was hosted by The Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington which awards the areas top restaurants.
Chick-fil-A will soon open a ghost kitchen for multiple chain restaurants in College Park.
Named after the menus at the original Chick-fil-A, the service will offer food for delivery from Chick-fil-A and these four virtual restaurants:
• Outfox Wings, which focuses on wings and sides like roasted Brussels sprouts
• Flock & Farm, which offers items like a flat-iron steak and arugula salad;
• Because Burger, which offers traditional hamburgers and sides; and
• Garden Day, which focuses on salads.
Community Highlights
Construction has begun on the Residences at The Six, a new mixed-use development at University Town Center in Hyattsville. Located at 6400 America Blvd. just off East West Highway, the $110 million building will feature 316 apartments, 2,052-square-feet of ground-level retail and a 276-space parking garage.
9200 Basil Court, Suite 101, Largo, MD 20774
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