WE NEED YOU AT 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 BUDGET AND TAXATION COMMITTEE CHAIR TO SPEAK AT TOURISM DAY Edward Kasemeyer, Chair of the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee will be joining Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, House Majority Leader Kumar Barve, House Minority Leader Anthony O'Donnell, Senate Finance Committee Chair Thomas Middleton, and Senate Finance Committee Vice Chair John Astle. NEW DBED SECRETARY TO SPEAK AT TOURISM DAY IN ANNAPOLIS Dominick Murray, recently promoted to serve as Secretary of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (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.com. APPEALS COURT NIXES NLRB RECESS APPOINTMENTS A U.S. Court of Appeals has ruled that President Obama's appointments to the National Labor Relations Board last year violated the Constitution. The decision, if upheld, casts doubt on the validity of hundreds of NLRB decisions. The Administration will appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court. revPAR PROJECTED TO REACH PRERECESSION LEVELS Speakers at the Americas Lodging Investment Summit predict the industry is on the way to performance levels reached in 2007 as demand continues to exceed supply. STR predicts revPAR will rise 5.7% in 2013 and 6% in 2014. PKF Hospitality Research predicts revPAR growth of 5% to 6% in 2013. FREE MH&LA NETWORKING EVENT AT MARYLAND LIVE! The event is 5 to 7 PM on February 5 at the Prime Rib Lounge at Maryland Live! Casino. Complimentary beer and wine plus a sampling of steak and seafood items. To register, click here. LAWSUIT SEEKING TO OVERTURN GAMBLING EXPANSION VOTE IS DISMISSED A lawsuit seeking to overturn gambling expansion in Maryland has been rejected. Lawsuit filers argued a majority of all registered voters in the state needed to approve the proposal, not just a majority of people who voted on the ballot question in November. The judge found that to be an "absurdly high standard". US TRAVEL ASSOCIATION LAUNCHES NEW CAMPAIGN The U.S. Travel Association has launched a new multiyear advocacy/awareness campaign -- traveleffect.com -- with research on the benefits of travel to wellness, relationships, personal growth and education as well as travel's positive impact on the economy and businesses' bottom line.