LAST CALL FOR TOURISM DAY IN ANNAPOLIS Tourism Day in Annapolis is Friday February 8. To register for this FREE and very important grassroots roots lobbying effort go to mdtourism.org. Tourism Day is sponsored by the Maryland Tourism Council and the Maryland Association of Destination Marketing Organizations. SENATE PRESIDENT LEADS ALL STAR LINE UP OF TOURISM DAY SPEAKERS Speakers include Senate President Mike Miller, Senate Budget and Taxation Committee Chair Edward Kasemeyer, Senate Minority Leader E.J. Pipkin, House Majority Leader Kumar Barve, House Minority Leader Anthony O'Donnell, House Appropriations Committee Chair Norman Conway, Senate Finance Committee Chair Thomas Middleton and Senate Finance Committee Vice Chair John Astle. DBED SECRETARY WILL ALSO SPEAK AT TOURISM DAY IN ANNAPOLIS Dominick Murray, recently promoted to serve as Secretary of the Maryland (DBED) will also be a guest speaker at Tourism Day at Annapolis. MH&LA'S STARS OF THE INDUSTRY AWARDS AND ALLIED MEMBER 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, including Award Nomination Forms go to mdlodging.org. THE MHLA WEBSITE IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS! The new and greatly improved MH&LA website is live! Check it out at mdlodging.org. Comments and suggestions for even more improvements are always welcome and should be directed to Amy Winston Rohrer at firstname.lastname@example.org. LOCAL AND FRESH MENU OPTIONS ARE NEW HOTEL DINING TREND Demand for fresher, healthier foods and expanded menu options are driving changes in hotel food and beverage offerings. As a result of Increasing guest willingness to try new menu items local dishes made from scratch with fresh ingredients and craft brews are being added to hotel restaurant menus. SAVE THE DATES FOR AH&LA'S LEGISLATIVE ACTION SUMMIT AH&LA's Legislative Action Summit will be held in Washington DC on April 23-24. Highlights include appearances from key Washington policymakers, a CEO panel, informative sessions, grassroots meetings with members of Congress and an evening reception on Capitol Hill. More details to follow. EXPANDED GAMBLING UPDATE Companies interested in operating a Prince George's County casino have until May 10, 2013 to submit bids for state approval. MGM Resorts will be submitting a bid while Penn National has yet to announce if they will. The earliest the new Prince George's casino will open is likely to be 2016.