Member News – July 23, 2013

LATEST STR REPORT IS AVAILABLE ON THE MH&LA WEBSITE The June 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 June 2013. This report is an MH&LA member service and requires member log in to access. GOVERNMENT TRAVEL ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETINGS UPDATE GSA's Government Travel Advisory Committee will meet from 1 P.M. to 4 P.M. on July 30 and from 9 A.M. to 4 P.M. on July 31 to begin discussions on government travel policies and per diem methodology. The public can monitor the proceedings via a webinar, but preregistration is required at http://www.gsa.gov/gtac. JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ADA COMPLIANCE SURVEY IS AVAILABLE MH&LA has a copy of the 35 page ADA compliance survey from the U.S. Justice Department with questions that include, but are not limited to, roll-in showers, room types, beds in accessible rooms and food and beverage. For a copy, contact David Reel at 410.974.4472 or by email at dreel@mdassn.com. MARYLAND GAINED JOBS IN JUNE BUT UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS UP AGAIN Maryland's added 6,200 private sector in June, with more than half of them (3,200) in the leisure and hospitality sector. The state unemployment rate also increased to 7.0% in June, up from 6.7% in May. Anirban Basu of the Sage Policy Group suggests the leading likely cause is sequestration. J-1 PROGRAM UNDER ASSAULT To help blunt an aggressive campaign to eliminate the J-1 program, AH&LA need details (and pictures) on cultural and/or social activities provided to J-1 participants, training received by J-1 participants and testimonials/positive experience letters from J-1 participants. Please send ASAP to dreel@mdassn.com. NEW GENERAL MANAGER AT RENAISSANCE BALTIMORE HARBORPLACE HOTEL Welcome and best wishes to Terry Donahue, the new General Manager of the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel. Terry replaces MH&LA Immediate Past Chair Bob Allen who is now the General Manager of the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown in Philadelphia PA.

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