July 2020
ExPGC Tourism News&Notes
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A Message from Experience Prince George's CEO  Leslie W. Graves:

Prince George's County is reopening and we look forward to having you experience the various activities and options that are now available

Through this new phase, there will be access to venues and establishments that feature inside and outside facilities to accommodate social distancing.

Businesses are opening their doors and are continuing to operate under the health and safety guidelines set forth by the state and federal government .

To help you navigate your travels, we encourage you to visit our website for handy graphics, resources and additional information about our reopening

We are excited to be moving forward and remind you to wear your mask while having fun exploring your own backyard.
We hope to see you soon.

Your tourism and hospitality champion,

Leslie W. Graves

 Recovery & Reopening

Prince George's County enters into a Full Phase two reopening and we look forward to reuniting our communities. The health and safety of our businesses, residents and visitors continues to be our top priority, therefore facial coverings and social distancing are required.

Get ready for fun times! Step out and explore a number of our top attractions. Expect limited capacities and other safety measures. Some attractions require advance reservations. Please visit their websites for more information and to reserve your spot.

The U.S. Travel Association is supporting The Pandemic Risk Reinsurance Program, a system of shared public and private compensation for business-interruption losses resulting from future pandemics or public health emergencies. 



New research from the Global Research Travel Association (GBTA) reports higher levels of optimism in the business travel sector have started to appear. 

To continue to understand the effects of the coronavirus on business travel, GBTA conducted its eighth poll among members from June 9-14, 2020. GBTA received responses from 1,708 member companies throughout the world. View the entire poll results here.


ExPGC Reimagined

Not ready to step out into the stores - Then Shop online! We have compiled a list of local shops to make it easy to support Prince George's County retail establishments. Browse these listings to find a great deal, get what you need, and most importantly stay safe as we strive to keep our businesses open! 

In need of retail therapy? Come experience outlet shopping at the now opened Tanger Outlets!

Although the world is beginning to open back up, we are still limited to the live events and tours we're able to explore. Meanwhile,  take time to explore some amazing virtual tours, events, concerts, and other opportunities centered  around  the DC Metropolitan  area all from the comfort of your  home.  
 Meetings & Events

The GBAC STAR program, created by the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (a division of ISSA  , the worldwide cleaning industry association), provides venue-cleaning professionals best practices on how to prepare and respond to infectious diseases and bio-hazards
In order to earn a GBAC STAR accreditation, each venue must complete 20 program elements with specific performance and guidance criteria.   

In a story published last September in the Harvard Business Review, Ruchika Tulshyan, author of The Diversity Advantage, asked: What will it take to improve diversity at conferences? The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) compiled her suggestions together to create a 8 step guide to racially diversifying conferences. 



The International Association of Exhibits and Events (IAEE) has provided a variety of resources for best practices, case studies and guidelines for producing successful trade shows.




MGM National Harbor is now open and we couldn't be more excited to welcome you back! Casino will operate at limited capacity and Resort is available for reservations.

Industry Movers

Ted Fleurimond has been named General Manager of the Hyatt Place National Harbor hotel in Maryland by OTO Development.
Fleurimond has more than 20 years' experience in the hospitality industry including spending the past six years as General Manager of the Hampton Inn & Suites National Harbor. Fleuirmond previously served as General Manager of the SpringHill Suites in Columbia, Md., and the SpringHill Suites in Baltimore.

 Arts & Culture

The historic Riversdale House Museum located at 4811 Riverdale Road in Riverdale Park,MD put together two new self-guided outdoor tours  of its grounds and architecture for visitors during the coronavirus pandemic.

Wrap up your holiday weekend taking in one of the most diverse and spectacular collections of Black art in the region!

Several of the artists whose work is on display will be on-site to talk with you about their work! Be on the lookout for Wellspring favorites: Jay Durrah, Erasto Curtis Matthews, Sonia Jones, Sharon Fox-Mould, Luther Wright, and more!

This is a free event and open to the public.  In keeping with the guidelines of the CDC and local officials, facial coverings must be worn at all times and there will be limit ed access to each gallery to no more than 20 guests at a time. Registration required. To register, click here.

How are the teens in your life handling this time of intense change? Robin Stevens Payes, writer, consultant and author, has developed a special journaling workshop called The Story of Your Life: Journaling Through Times of Change and Crisis. Designed for youth ages 13-18, Payes will guide participants on a journey toward discovering the power of personal story. 

Sign up today to find out how writing can foster creative development. This online event is scheduled for Tuesday, July 7 from 10:30 AM-12:30 PM. Space is limited so register today!

This July 4th , National Harbor is partnering with Washington Performing Arts and The U.S. Air Force Band for a special online live streaming concert featuring World-renowned guest artists. 

The event will be hosted by Washington, D.C.'s own Aaron Gilchrist, morning anchor on NBC4. The live stream can be viewed on YouTube  
on July 4th at 4:00 pm.


Join The Old Greenbelt Theater in a digital space for their "Flick of the Week" discussion designed to keep you connected to film and to the community . Every week they will have a new recommendation to share with you, along with a Sunday Zoom conversation. 

Here are some online screenings currently available:
  • Life Itself
  • BlackFish
  • Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy
  • Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am
  • Whose Streets
  • I Am Not Your Negro
  • Up From The Streets
  • The Killing Floor
  • Ella Fitzgerald: Just One Of Those Things

Bowie State University and the Department of Parks & Recreation Present - Play More TV! This is a fun and informative family show that features various programs, performances, and services to help keep residents active while in the comfort of the home.

Play More TV airs on the Bowie State University TV station, on Comcast 74 and Verizon 43 channels at 8 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m., 8 p.m. 9:30 p.m., 12:30 a.m. and 4 a.m.


 Sports & Recreation

The Maryland Sports Commission has put together a committee report that details updated resources and links regarding youth and amateur sports opening up. The information is separated by primary sources, secondary sources, sport activity, and county.   


Whether it's recreational or tournament play you seek, check out M-NCPPC's fine golf facilities in Prince George's County. 
Community Highlights

A young author in Prince George's County is using his voice to help other kids stand up to bullies. Colbie McAllister, an 11-year-old  recently wrote a book about a boy that is bullied but finds a magic crystal that gives him superpowers to face his bullies.




The Prince George's County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) is now live and looks forward to welcoming readers back to the Library. Book drops open on Thursday, July 9th and curbside service begins on Tuesday, July 21st. 


The Bowie City Council recently approved $200,000 to the Bowie Business Innovation Center and Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce to help small business owners find funding and adapt as they recover from the coronavirus pandemic.



 Food & Beverage

Prince George's restaurants are now open and operating but we still have you covered with a variety of delivery and carry-out options. 

A Soul Food Truck truck called A Place to Walk To just went the brick-and-mortar route bringing its customers around Prince George's County a fixed location for its chicken and waffles, jerk wings, shrimp and grits, mac and cheese, and grilled cheeseburgers.

9200 Basil Court, Suite 101,  Largo, MD 20774
301.925.8300 |  visitorinfo@co.pg.md.us


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