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PGC TOURISM NEWS & NOTES 
MAY 2015
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.
AN APP-PALANCH OF INCREDIBLE INFORMATION: EXPERIENCE, EXPAND, EXPLORE PRINCE GEORGE'S
Mobile tourism app provides easy access to dining options, attractions, events, hotels, and more...
 
Experience.Expand.Explore...Prince George's County attractions, events, dining, and hotels at your fingertips. The FREE ExplorePGC mobile app is available on Apple and Google Play
FOOD TRUCK HUBS MAY BECOME A REALITY IN PRINCE GEORGE'S  
PGC Council passes initial legislation that could permit food trucks at established locations...       
The latest culinary trend in fast dining - the proverbial food truck, could potentially become a bigger presence in PGC in coming months.
  
On April 21, the Prince George's County Council introduced companion legislation establishing "Food Truck Hubs" in PGC.
  
Primary legislation was originally introduced in April 2014 by Council Member Dannielle Glaros (District 3) that would create these "Food Truck Hubs". The hubs would be established zones where vendors could legally operate and serve freshly prepared meals, fruits, vegetables, and snacks. Based on initial discussion, the trucks would be available at commercial centers and transit stations (Metro).
  
The "Food Truck Hubs" legislation now gets referred to the Council's Health, Education & Human Services Committee for review. Currently, licensed food trucks are only permitted to operate at approved events such as fairs, festivals, etc.  
  
Pictured is Prince George's County-based Goodies Frozen Custard & Treats. They've developed quite a fan following at food truck alleys and events throughout the DMV.
TOAST OF THE TOWN AT MARIETTA'S FIRST ANNUAL WINE FESTIVAL
Maryland wines will be featured including Prince George's County's Romano Winery...     
The historic taste of Glenn Dale's Marietta will take on a slightly different flavor May 30, 11-6 pm. The site will host its first annual Marietta Wine Festival. The event will feature various wineries from Maryland including Prince George's County's Romano Vineyard & Winery
 
The event will also feature entertainment, music, Farmer's Market booths, garden items and other vendors. Admission is $20 per adult, which includes wine glass for tasting, wine education class, and tours of Marietta, the 1813 historic home of Supreme Court Justice, Gabriel DuVal.
NEW "GRANITE CITY" ADDS FRESH HOPS TO THE NATIONAL HARBOR DINE SCENE
This is GC's first location to grace the Mid-Atlantic region and first in DMV...   
Granite City Food & Brewery is now open at National Harbor.
 
Located at corner of American Way and St. George Blvd, Granite City brings true brew to NH.
 
The food menu features a great dining experience with affordable, diverse items prepared from "made-from-scratch" recipes.
 
As for the fresh ale, on site is a new-tech brewery, serving up hand-crafted and micro brews.
 
Granite City has 34 locations across 14 states. But, this is the first Granite City in the Washington DC-B'more Metroplex, and the first location in the entire Mid-Atlantic region.
 
Granite City Food & Brewery is also the parent company of National Harbor's popular Cadillac Ranch restaurant.
HISTORIC HOMES OF HYATTSVILLE WILL BE ON FULL DISPLAY, MAY 17
36th annual event is a self-guided tour featuring various styles and periods...    
 
The heritage of Hyattsville will be on display, May 17, for the 36th Annual Historic Homes of Hyattsville Tour.  Presented by the Hyattsville Preservation Association, the self-guided tour will feature homes of various styles and periods including  Ash Hill, the home Presidents Grant and Cleveland often lodged in.
 
Tour-goers will receive an informative booklet with a map showing the sites. All but one of the houses are within walking distance and may be seen in any order at visitor's own pace. 
 
For the convenience of our visitors the City of Hyattsville provides a bus that continuously circles the tour route.
CARESHARE PROGRAM GETS A LIFT, WILL EXPAND INTO PRINCE GEORGE'S  
Popular hourly car sharing service adds 14 outlets in Prince George's...      
Whether for an hour or a day, getting around Prince George's and the region just got a bit easier. The Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority (or Metro) finalized an agreement with Enterprise CarShare to expand its service throughout the DMV at additional Metrorail Stations. This includes bringing the program into Prince George's County for the first time.
 
CarShare cars will begin to roll in June, available at 14 PGC Metrorail Stations.
UMD LINKS CONSIDERING ONE OF AMERICA'S BEST COLLEGE COURSES
Several golf sources place this local course in their campus Top 50...    
Area golfers know this to be true, but its always fun to hear applause from others - regionally & nationally. The Sports Education web resource, Sports Management Programs, named the University of Maryland Golf Course one of the 50 Best College Golf Courses in America. It has also been named by GolfWeek as one of the Top 30 College Courses in America.
  
The course is a 150 acres oasis of wooded and rolling terrain, located off the intersection of MD-193 (University Blvd) and Stadium Drive. Due to its beautifully natural setting inside the Beltway, the Audubon International named it a "Certified Cooperative Sanctuary".
 
In addition to the pristine course, other features include a pro shop, driving range, and clubhouse facilities including the Mulligan's Grill & Pub.
  
The UMD Golf Course opened in 1959. It underwent a massive $3.5 million upgrade and renovation six years ago.
SPECTACULAR FREESTANDING WATERFRONT BALLROOM IN THE WORKS FOR THE GNAT
Ryman puts $20 mill into Gaylord National for a new waterfront event space & ballroom... 
Not resting on its laurels, the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - currently the largest combined hotel and convention facility on the East Coast - is growing.
 
Collin Reed, chairman/CEO of Ryman Hospitality Properties (the REIT that owns the Gaylord family of props) announced that GNat will rework its already gorgeous waterfront terrace area to make way for a breathtaking new event space.
 
On the horizon is a freestanding waterfront ballroom with uncompromising views of the Potomac River. The $20 million, 24,000 sq ft enclosed structure will have glass windows on three sides. Meeting space will be 16,000 sq ft.
 
To make room for the new ballroom, the Orchard Terrace will be enlarged to 39,000 sq ft. The ballroom is expected to be completed fall 2016. 
EXCITING EVENTS ON THE DECK THIS MONTH IN PRINCE GEORGE'S

Extraordinary things are happening every day in Prince George's. Here's a taste. Click each for details and visit us online (or on app) for more. 

 

may 9 Gateway Arts District Open Studio Tour - Arts District

may 9-10 Greenbelt Green Man Festival - Roosevelt Center

may 10 Mother's Day '70s Soul Concert - Show Place Arena

may 14 Black College Expo - Bowie State University

may 16 Capitol Pet Expo - Show Place Arena

may 17 The Color Run - National Harbor

may 17 36th Annual Historic Hyattsville House Tour - Hyattsville

may 23 Memorial Day Parade - Bowie

may 23 Prince George's Book Festival - Sports & Learning Complex

may 27-29 Scripps National Spelling Bee - Gaylord National

may 30 Beltway BBQ Showdown - Ft. Washington

may 30 Marietta Wine Festival - Glenn Dale

 

There's more...find hundreds of events online>>>
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 - Over 6 Million
  • Total Tourism Employment - Over 31,000
  • Total Tourism Tax Receipts (combined Federal, State/Local, Hotel) - $565,700,000
  • Admission/Amusement Taxes Collected - $15,860,936
  • Room Taxes Collected - $20,573,759
  • Tourism Promotion Act State Sales Taxes - $52,408,296
  • Total Direct Consumer Tax Impact - $88,842,991

Source: Tourism Economics, December 2014
   
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