December 2022
Experience Prince George's
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

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Gov. Larry Hogan on Friday announced that, according to an economic impact report released by the Maryland Department of Commerce, the state’s tourism industry is continuing a strong recovery, recapturing nearly 90% of pre-pandemic visitor spending. Economic Impact Report

Digital identities mean we will be able to travel from anywhere to everywhere – by air, land, or sea – without needing to show our physical travel documents – neither a passport, visa, health form, boarding pass, or driving license. They will be the passkey for unlocking every stage of the journey, from the earliest intention to travel, all the way to destination activities and the return journey.

For 2023, travel is once again reimagined. This time, we’re calling the underlying thread agoraphilia. Travelers are craving public life, undesigned experiences and bustling crowds. According to Expedia Group’s comprehensive travel trend report, 46 percent of people say travel is more important to them now than it was pre-pandemic. This year, we are opening doors instead of digging tunnels. Here are the five travel trends already impacting 2023.
Meetings & Events

Most Significant Trends
  1. Event teams are being stretched thin.
  2. Remote workforces have lessened in-person demand.
  3. Location sourcing is more focused on no-flight or direct-flight destinations.
  4. Event professionals see virtual events as a backup.
  5. Sustainability is not a top priority.

Despite the current chaos surrounding air travel, airport hotels are recovering from low pandemic occupancies at a faster pace than urban hotels. Thanks to changing work trends and an evolution in the amenities they offer, airport hotels and even airports are finding favor for certain types of meetings.
Arts & Culture

Riversdale House Museum in Riverdale Park unveiled its first portrait of an enslaved resident, the latest step in the museum’s new mission to deal more directly with the legacy of slavery.
As part of a recent celebration of Maryland Emancipation Day, the museum publicly showed a portrait of Adam Francis Plummer, whose personal journal is an important part of the post-Civil War historical record.
December 13!

Kulilay Amit, better known by her stage name A-Mei, is a Taiwanese Puyuma singer and record producer. In 1996, she made her singing debut and released her album, Sisters. Her albums Truth (2001), Amit (2009), and Faces of Paranoia (2014) each won her a Golden Melody Award for Best Mandarin Female Singer and made the Taiwanese diva one of the singers who won the category the most times.
December 23!

North Carolina native Fantasia broke onto the scene in 2004 as the season three winner of Fox’s American Idol. Later that year, she released her platinum-selling debut album Free Yourself and became the first artist in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 chart to debut at #1. Purchase tickets here.
January 6!

With special celebrity guest, Gabby Windey! Dancing with the Stars returns to MGM National Harbor this January. Featuring some of the show's most popular competitors, this live tour will recreate the most memorable dances from the program's previous seasons and showcase the brand new. Purchase tickets here.
Sports & Recreation

Coming soon to a theater – wait, no – hotel near you, the United States Chess Federation presents the National K-12 Chess Grade Championship. The 2022 National Chess Grade Championship will be held in Maryland, Dec. 9 through Dec. 11, at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor.

Experience field paleontology at the new Dinosaur Park Dig Experience program where paleontologists are currently conducting a multi-year dig project within their fossil site! Work alongside staff during this paid program to carefully extract buried fossils using tools of the trade. Important Information:
Make your reservation for the dig experiences that start in February 2023. Tools and materials will be provided! Contact:

Explore, capture, and experience something different when you visit one of the spacious parks for birdwatching and the great outdoors in Prince George's County! Grab your binoculars, camera, or smart phone and see one of the many beautiful birds. Prince George's Audubon Society has a list of things to do. Visit them here.

Maryland is horse country. Those who have long viewed the state as the home of the Preakness - well, you're not wrong about that since the second jewel of thoroughbred racing's coveted Triple Crown does tend to attract a lot of attention every spring. But thinking beyond the black-eyed Susans, the state has more – far, far more, in fact – to offer equestrian events, something that became evident this fall at both the Fair Hill Special Event Zone, located in Cecil County, and the Show Place Arena at Prince George's Equestrian Center, in Prince George's County.
Food & Beverage

The New Deal Cafe, Community Forklift and other businesses along the Route 1 corridor were named winners in the annual Washington City Paper ‘Best of D.C.’ readers’ poll. And this year, a surprising number of entrants from the corridor were finalists.
Community Highlights
Success at the Annual Jug Bay Run

Participants of the 26th Annual Jug Bay Run for Wildlife at Patuxent River Park showed their support for the great outdoors with PG Parks by running to generate funds for wildlife education and research along the Patuxent River.
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