Member News – September 10, 2013

REMINDER — ADA WORKPLACE ISSUES WEBINAR IS SEPTEMBER 17 AT 10 AM
Topics include but are not limited to a new Maryland law requiring employers with 15 or more employees to provide reasonable accommodations for pregnant employees. The webinar is FREE but space is limited. To register, email company name with participant name(s) and e mail(s) to mhla@mdassn.com.

MARYLAND CASINOS HAVE RECORD REVENUE IN AUGUST
Revenue at Maryland’s four casinos was $71 million in August, a new record due in large part to $53 million in gross revenue at Maryland Live. Excluding Rocky Gap Casino, which opened in May in Western Maryland, year-over-year casino revenue in the state is up about 50%.

POST LABOR DAY SCHOOL START STUDY TASK FORCE TO MEET
The first meeting of the State Task Force to Study a Post Labor Day Start Date for Maryland Public Schools will be on September 17, 2013. MH&LA staff will attend the meeting and also continues to facilitate efforts of an ad hoc work group to secure favorable Task Force recommendations.

EXPEDIA AND TRAVELOCITY AGREE TO A NEW PARTNERSHIP
Expedia and Travelocity have entered into an exclusive, long-term strategic marketing agreement, whereby Expedia will power the technology platforms for Travelocity’s existing websites in the U.S. and Canada, while providing Travelocity access to Expedia’s supply and customer services.

BWI PASSENGER COUNT LAST YEAR WAS HIGHER THAN DULLES AND REAGAN
Baltimore-Washington International/Thurgood Marshall Airport was the nation’s 22nd busiest airport in 2012, surpassing Dulles Airport (#23) and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (#25). Last year passenger volume was up 1.25% at BWI, up 4.22% at Washington National and down 2.89% at Dulles.

MARYLAND AVIATION ADMINISTRATION (MAA) EXPLORING INTEREST FOR NEW BWI HOTEL
MAA has issued a Request For Information (RFI) for hotel developers/operators interested in planning designing, financing, constructing, operating and/or managing a new hotel at BWI/Marshall Airport. Go to: http://www.marylandaviation.com/content/doingbusinesswithmaa/commercialconcession/bidops.html

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