LAST CALL FOR THE STARS OF THE INDUSTRY AWARDS LUNCHEON AND TRADE EXPO MH&LA's 2013 Stars of the Industry Awards Luncheon is Wednesday February 27 at the Loews Annapolis Hotel immediately following the annual Allied Member Expo. For more information or to register contact Martha Strickland at 410.974.4472 or email@example.com. LAST CALL TO HELP HONOR STARS OF THE INDUSTRY AWARD WINNERS A key element in the success of the Stars of the Industry Awards are door prizes for award winners and luncheon attendees. Please consider donating a door prize e.g. a weekend overnight package with dinner/breakfast. To donate contact Martha Strickland at 410.974.4472 or firstname.lastname@example.org. GAS PRICES IN WASHINGTON DC HIT $4 A GALLON Last week, gas prices in Washington D.C. gas reached the $4 mark. The only places in America where gas prices are currently higher are Hawaii California and New York. The all-time record for gas prices in Washington D.C. was $4.21 a gallon in May 2011. POLL SUGGESTS SUMMER TOURISTS WILL RETURN TO THE NEW JERSEY BEACHES A recent poll reports that 77% of regular Jersey Shore vacationers expect to spend at least as much time on New Jersey beaches this year as last. The poll doesn’t indicate whether they will skip communities hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy – generally those to the north – in favor of those in South Jersey. OCEAN CITY HOTEL-MOTEL-RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION EXPO IS NEXT MONTH The 39th Annual Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association Trade Expo is March 3 and 4, 2013 at the Ocean City Convention Center. This year's Expo has the largest number of exhibitors ever. For more details, go to www.oceancitytradeexpo.com. HEARINGS SCHEDULED ON POST LABOR DAY SCHOOL OPENING LEGISLATION A Senate Committee hearing is set for March 14 on SB 963 which establishes a Task Force to study a post Labor Day start date for Maryland public schools. A House Committee hearing is set for February 27, on HB1069 which prohibits public schools from opening prior to the day after Labor Day JANUARY 2013 STR REPORT IS AVAILABLE ON THE MH&LA WEBSITE The January 2013 STR report is now available on the MH&LA website at mdlodging.org. To view the report, click on Members - Statistics and Research and look for Maryland Monthly Statistics January 2013. This report is an MH&LA member service and requires member log in to access. AMY WINSTON ROHRER IS ON LEAVE Amy Winston Rohrer, MH&LA's Vice President for Membership Development is on maternity leave. Amy will be out of the office for the next 6 - 8 weeks. THE MH&LA OFFICE IS MOVING Effective Monday, March 11, 2013 the MTC office will be located at 839 Bestgate Road. Annapolis, MD 21401. We expect the current phone number and fax number will remain the same and will confirm as soon as possible.