Member News – November 6

Pool Lift Deadline Reminder
The deadline for compliance with the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) interpretation of requirements for pool and spa accessibility in the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design is January .31, 2013.

Baltimore Gas and Electric Says Thank You to the Lodging Industry
Kudos to all who responded to a recent MH&LA email for help in housing out of town power restoration crews before during and after Hurricane Sandy. BGE noted “Responses from central MD hoteliers has been awesome! Lodging needs for this storm have surpassed any other in our history. Many thanks!”

Last Call to Register for the Maryland Tourism and Travel Summit
The Maryland Tourism and Travel Summit is a once a year opportunity for tourism professionals from across Maryland to gather in one place at one time to learn, to be inspired and to be empowered. Details on this year’s outstanding program and online registration is available at www.mdtourism.org.

IRS Revises Tax Treatment of Automatic Gratuities
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has provided administrative guidelines to its examiners stating that when performing a tip examination (aka audit), IRS examiners must ensure that service fees or charges are properly characterized as wages (where FICA rules apply) and not as tips.

AH&LA Launches Mobile App
AH&LA has released its first mobile App for smartphones. This new app provides updates on Capitol Hill, gives access to AH&LA’s Information Center; and connects members to AH&LA’s social media activity. Members also get the latest on networking opportunities, education offerings, and special events.

Reminder – The MH&LA Web Site Is Down But Not Out
The MH&LA web site was recently hacked. A new and much improved website is under construction and is expected to be live SOON. Until then, please call the MH&LA office at 410-974-4472 for any information that was previously available on the old website.

AH&LA Board to Meet – AH&LA Reorganization Is at the Top of the Agenda
At the AH&LA Board of Directors meeting this weekend in New York City updates will be presented on ongoing efforts to help ensure AH&LA is in a stronger position to successfully defend the interests of the lodging industry and be one of the most influential trade associations in Washington DC.

Thank You Katie Doherty and Peg Bednarsky
MH&LA Board Members Katie Doherty and Peg Bednarsky will be at the Fall 2012 AH&LA Board meetings in New York. Katie and Miss Peg have been and continue to be very faithful in attending these bi annual meetings and in representing MH&LA’s interests.

Call for Nominations – MH&LA Board of Directors
If you are interested in being considered by the MH&LA Nominating Committee for service on the MH&LA Board of Directors, please contact David Reel at dreel@mdassn.com IF you have not done so already.

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