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PGC TOURISM NEWS & NOTES 
    MARCH 2016
Prince George's County Tourism News & Notes is presented by the Prince George's County Conference & Visitors Bureau (CVB), the official Destination Marketing Organization of Prince George's County, Maryland. 

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NEW DINE "SWEETGRASS" BRINGS FARM-FRESH SOUTHERN COOKING TO SOUTH COUNTY
Farm-to-table dine spot replaces "The Wayfarer" as Colony South's signature eatery...
The Colony South Hotel & Conference Center introduces a new day in south county dining with the opening of "SweetGrass". 

SweetGrass specializes in cuisine from the Carolina and Georgia coasts, offering southern home-style cooking (as well as local faves from the Chesapeake Bay area). All this utilizing the best fresh local ingredients brought to you from farm to table.

"Our creative menu selections are passionately prepared with ingredients from local farms and suppliers who deliver fresh meats and produce each and every morning. The result is delicious comfort food served in a casual setting." 

The restaurant is open breakfast, lunch and dinner with Champagne Sunday Brunch. In addition to SweetGrass (which replaces The Wayfarer), Colony South also offers the Decoy Lounge and Cafe 5.
 

MARCH MADNESS GETS UNDERWAY HERE AS CAA WOMEN HOOP FOR THE FINAL TIME AT SPA
Women's College Championship will be held March 9-12 at Show Place Arena...
The CAA Women's College Basketball Championship floors its final tournament at Show Place Arena, March 9-12. The tournament, which has made SPA its home for the past five seasons, will now move on to a "campus rotation" system beginning with James Madison University in 2017, Drexel in 2018, and Delaware in 2019.

The CAA (Colonial Athletic Association) consists of Charleston, Delaware, Drexel, Elon, Hoffstra, James Madison, William & Mary, Towson, Northeastern, and UNCW. Regarding the tournament move, Commissioner Tom Yeager stated "w e've had a tremendous run at the Show Place Arena and look for that success to continue on campus."

The 2016 CAA tournament champion gets an automatic berth to the Big Dance - the NCAA DI Women's Basketball Championship, which begins March 18.
 

HOJO PARKWAY GETTING NEW LEASE ON LIFE, WILL BECOME COUNTY'S FIRST WYNDHAM GARDEN HOTEL
Hotel just off BWP in the midst of major multi-million dollar transformation...
The Cheverly HoJo's (Howard Johnson Washington DC North) is being re-flagged, refreshed, and refined. A $5 million-plus renovation is currently underway that will transform the prop into the Wyndham Garden Washington DC North Hotel. 

Expected to debut this spring, the new Wyndham will include new exterior look, new courtyard, new lobby and interiors, and all new guest rooms (40 executive kings, 110 doubs). The upgrade also includes a new "Garden Bistro & Lounge" restaurant. The long-standing Fratelli Italian Restaurant will remain.  

Located just off BW Parkway, the hotel - originally built in 1960 - is owned and operated by Germantown, MD-based SharCon Management & Development. SharCon's portfolio includes eight hotels and four restaurants.
 

DINERS DELIGHT DURING THE NAT'S ANNUAL SPRING RESTAURANT WEEK 
Popular National Harbor dine days will be held March 21-25, include such restaurants as M&S, Bond 45 and Granite City...
Hot from the kitchen later this month, there's no better time to do the waterfront dine in Prince George's. Restaurant Week at National Harbor is set for March 21-25. 

Select dine spots will feature special prix fixe, three-course menus (under $20 for lunch; under $38 for dinner) plus added sales tax. 


 

EVANGEL CATHEDRAL SPRING PRODUCTION ANNOUNCED, FEATURES ERICA CAMPBELL, DONNIE MCCLURKEN AND MORE
Amazing spring performances will be held for one weekend only, April 2-3...
Evangel Cathedral's spring spiritual spectacular - "More Than Triumphant" - will be held April 2-3 for six shows only. A delight for groups and audiences of all ages, t he production includes a cast of over 150 men, women and children, spectacular light shows, live animals and world-renowned gospel artists. Scheduled to perform is all six shows this year are  Donnie McClurkin, Erica Campbell, Travis Greene, and Kim Burrell.
 

WTC ENHANCES DINE FACTOR WITH THREE ADDITIONS DUE THIS SPRING
Three new restaurants, two the first in the county, coming to mixed-use complex...
Woodmore Towne Centre is on the verge of a flavor expansion. Coming this spring (potentially opening late March or early April) are three new dine spots, two of which are "first-arrivals" for PGC. 

1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria is a Jersey-based fast-casual dine specializing in, you guessed it - authentic Neapolitan pizza. Featured will be 14 classic thin crust favorites, and a "build-your-own" pizza option for those who need to add their special twist.

Honu Hawaiian BBQ already has a footprint in PGC at the Glenridge Center in Hyattsville (Annapolis Road). This is their second location and the menu features a variety of Hawaiian BBQ entrees, along with American staples and seafood.

The Hook & Reel Cajun Seafood Restaurant stays true to its name and will feature a Cajun-inspired menu and full bar.

In addition, WTC will be adding Wings 21. The current food line-up at WTC includes Copper Canyon, Irie Bar & Grill, Chipotle, Noodles & Co., Subway, Kenny's Chinese Restaurant, Firehouse Subs, and the ever-popular food bar & dine area and "Burger Bar" cafe at Wegmans.   
 

WHEN DONE, NEW "COLE" WILL BE ONE OF THE MOST ADVANCED FACILITIES IN THE COUNTRY
Iconic venue will transform into groundbreaking hub for advancement of athletic performance, research & academics...
Okay, we lightly touched on this last year. But, March Madness (and the fact that UMD Men & Women will both be ballin' ) has caused us to get sentimental for the grand tradition, fond memories, and great games that lifted Cole Field House to legendary status in Maryland sports history. The pinnacle - in 2002 during its final year as an athletic venue - was being home to the UMD Men's Basketball team, coached by the great Gary Williams and lead by UMD Hall of Famer Juan Dixon. That team would go on to win the 2002 NCAA Men's National Championship. 

But, time marches on, Xfinity Center takes center stage, and the building relegated to "student activity center" status now has a remarkably bright future. Cole will be transformed into a hub of premium athletic training, academics and research. T he new Cole will feature (A)  Terrapin Performance Center , (B)  Center for Sports Medicine, Health & Human Performance , and (C)  Academy for Innovation & Entrepreneurship .  

IT'S A "COLE" WORLD...for the final game of UMD Men's Basketball at Cole Field House in '02, the Terps defeated the UVA Cavaliers - the team it beat in the very first game at Cole in '55.
 

"MOD" SQUAD CONTINUES DMV PLANT, WILL OPEN LOCATION IN PRINCE GEORGE'S THIS FALL
As part of planned Bowie Marketplace re-build, additions include MOD Pizza...
Bowie Marketplace Center is in the midst of major revitalization - with reopening set for later this year. As part of the new mix (that includes Harris Teeter), the center will gain a few fast-casual s tandards like Firehouse Subs, Chick-fil-a, Sweet Frog, and Chipotle.

Also on deck is an emerging concept out of the Seattle - MOD Pizza Founded in 2008, there are currently over 90 locations across the country, with eight operating (or pending) in the DMV-B'more metroplex

The company's acronym stands for "Made On Demand".  MOD offers individual, artisan style pizzas, which are baked for approximately three minutes in hyper-heated pizza ovens. In addition to 10 classics, MOD features a one-price strategy no matter how you top it.  MOD also serves salads, hand-spun milkshakes, fountain drinks, beer and wine.

HEY...what about the possible return of former tenant and popular sports bar/restaurant Glory Days? Last we heard, dating back to last summer, GD was in negotiations with property owner, Berman Enterprises. No word on whether those talks amount to a comeback.  
 

COULD LONG-STANDING CLARION MAKE WAY FOR NEW ERA IN DOWNTOWN CP?
As part of first phase expansion into US market, international grocer considering PGC hotel site in College Park...
As part of its entry into US territory, German supermarket chain Lidl will officially begin its American journey in PGC. Two sites are confirmed, one is probable, and several others possibly on the way. For now, confirmed are Bowie and Suitland respectively. A probable third site - in College Park - is where the Clarion Inn currently resides.

The primary hotel structure, which sits on 3.3 acres (at 8601 Baltimore Ave at Berwyn), was originally built in 1966 and is currently owned and operated by Jaykishan Hospitality Group LLC. The City of College Park confirmed that negotiations for the property are in play.

Lidl is one of the world's largest grocers, operating 10,000 stores in 26 countries in Europe. Expansion into PGC - which is their first step into the US market - comes on the heels of opening their US headquarters in Arlington, VA last fall.  
 

MARCH - EXTRAORDINARY THINGS ARE HAPPENINGS THIS MONTH IN PRINCE GEORGE'S
Extraordinary things are HAPPENING this month and every month in Prince George's. The red banners throughout "News&Notes" are just some of the many events on deck. Click them for more information and VISIT US ONLINE - VisitPrinceGeorges.com (or on app) for extended listings of events, exhibitions, and performances for the entire family.
 

BY THE NUMBERS: TOURISM'S IMPACT IN PGC
Prince George's County Tourism's impact - thru visitation and taxes generated - runs across every aspect of development including lodging, food & beverage, retail, recreation, major events, transportation, and transportation-related services.
  • Visitors - 6.520 Million
  • Total Tourism Employment - 31,965
  • Tourism Industry Sales - $2.474 Billion
  • Total Tourism Tax Receipts (combined Federal, State/Local, Hotel) - $608 million
  • Admission/Amusement Taxes Collected - $15,860,936
  • Room Taxes Collected -  Over $20.5 million
  • Tourism Promotion Act State Sales Taxes - $52,408,296
  • Total Direct Consumer Tax Impact - $88,842,991

Source: Tourism Economics, December 2015
 

   
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