Member News – September 17, 2013

STRATEGIC PLAN UPDATE
The MH&LA Board meets on September 26 to take final action on a new vision, new mission and new strategic goals for MH&LA. All are part of ongoing efforts to transform MH&LA from a good association to a great association. More details on the new vision, new mission and new strategic goals will follow soon.

STR ADJUSTS PROJECTIONS FOR 2013 AND 2014
Smith Travel Research (STR) has updated its performance forecasts for the U.S. hotel industry for year-end 2013 and for 2014. RevPAR is now forecast to rise 5.7% in 2013 and 6% in 2014. STR also forecasts supply and demand to grow 0.8% and 2.2%, respectively by the end of this year.

THANK YOU DARRYL MCCALLUM
Darryl McCallum, an attorney at Shawe Rosenthal, was the presenter for MH&LA’s ADA workplace issues webinar. At Shawe Rosenthal, Darryl concentrates on representing business owners and management on employment and labor law matters. Darryl also serves MH&LA as a member of the Board of Directors.

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY HOTEL GENERAL MANAGERS MEETING
The Prince George’s County CVB will host a Prince George’s County Hotel General Managers meeting on Thursday September 26 at noon at the Hilton Garden Inn Greenbelt. For more information, to suggest meeting topics and/or to RSVP contact Matt Neitzey at mneitzey@co.pg.md.us or at 301.925.8300.

BALTIMORE – WASHINGTON WEEKEND TRAIN SERVICE ON TRACK FOR LAUNCH
Weekend train service on MARC’s Penn Line between Union Station Washington DC and Penn Station Baltimore is set to begin on December 7. Plans call for nine round trips on Saturdays and six round trips on Sundays. Weekend fares are expected to match current weekday fares which are $7.00 each way.

NEW U.S. SECRETARY OF LABOR OUTLINES PRIORITIES
New U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez’s top priorities include a higher national minimum wage, aggressive enforcement of current labor laws (a continuation of efforts last year to use lawsuits to secure payment of $280 million in back wages and Congressional approval of changes to the immigration laws.

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