MHLA August Newsletter



Lodging industry legislative updates, MHLA events, local industry/member news and more.

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MHLA supports Short-Term Rental legislation in Baltimore City and Prince George’s County
Bill 18-0189: Short-Term Residential Rentals – Regulation and Taxation (click here to view) was heard in the Taxation, Finance & Economic Development Committee of the Baltimore City Council on July 19, 2018. MHLA joined other stakeholders to testify in support of the bill.  As expected, a large number of hosts spoke out against the cap of 60 days on un-hosted rentals as well as the limitation of only being permitted to register a primary residence and one additional unit. Under the proposal, hosted rentals in a primary residence would not be capped. The next step is a work group that is scheduled on September 13, 2018.

MHLA is also continuing efforts to show strong industry support for CB-10 and CB-11, a legislative package under consideration in Prince George’s County.  A hearing took place on July 10, 2018.  Together the bills would establish a regulatory framework that ensures short-term rental operators in the County are limited to renting their primary residence only for no more than 90 days each year.  Short-term rental platforms (Airbnb, HomeAway, etc.) would also need to be licensed under the proposed legislation.

MHLA generally supports legislation that ensures short-term rental operators and platforms (Airbnb, HomeAway, etc.) follow basic rules that would restore order in the lodging marketplace, protect guests and communities, and restrict the use of these platforms by real estate speculators and unlicensed commercial operators

Contact Amy Rohrer, MHLA President & CEO, for more information on the Association’s efforts or to discuss the impact of short-term rentals on your hotel.

Read More Local Short-term Renal Coverage

Hotel industry, Airbnb-style hosts clash as Baltimore City Council considers new regulationsThe Baltimore Sun

Short-term rentals could be treated more like hotels in Baltimore soonWBAL

Baltimore festivals set Airbnb records as lawmakers debate regulations – The Daily Record


June 2018 STR Report
Smith Travel Research data for Maryland shows occupancy is down slightly, ADR has decreased .1%, and RevPAR is down 1.9% YTD through June 2018 compared to the same period last year. Maryland data is provided monthly to MHLA by Smith Travel Research. Members may view the full report online. Go to and select “Industry Statistics and Research.” (Member log-in required.)

2018 MHLA Annual Golf Tournament 
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Whiskey Creek Golf Club

THANK YOU to all of our 2018 sponsors, listed here, and special thanks to Ecolab as our Title Sponsor and Live! Casino & Hotel / Live! Lofts as our Presenting Sponsor again this year.  We have seen tremendous support for this event, which helps to increase scholarship funds for Maryland hotel employees.  If you would like to contribute, a limited number of sponsorship opportunities remain and we are also seeking donations for the Lucky Draw and goody bags.

Contact Christine Abe for more information on how you can add your support.

Budgeting Reminder for 2019 MHLA Dues
Members will receive renewal notices based on anniversary dates, and new members may join at any point in the year.  MHLA’s annual dues rate will remain the same in 2019.

Hotel: $9.50 per room (minimum dues $475)
Gold/Silver/Bronze Partner: $5,000 / $3,000 / $1,500
Allied Member: $500

Click here for more information or contact Debbie McCready to inquire about the benefits of membership in MHLA.

Welcome to New General Managers at Member Properties

  • Rodney Gooden – Westin Annapolis
  • DeVanna Young – Ocean 1 Hotel & Suites
  • Damien Smith – SpringHill Suites Baltimore
  • Beverly Magee – Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore
  • Steve Book – Comfort Inn & Suites Cambridge


Blue Ocean Realty in deal to buy DoubleTree hotel in Pikesville
Source: Baltimore Business Journal
Blue Ocean Realty is under contract to acquire the DoubleTree by Hilton in Pikesville, the fast-growing Baltimore real estate firm’s entry into the hotel business. The 171-room hotel, located at 1726 Reisterstown Road, is currently owned and operated by the Pikesville Hotel Limited Partnership, a division of the Mangione Family Enterprises. Blue Ocean President Jonathan Ehrenfeld said the acquisition will also include the adjacent office, retail and tennis/fitness buildings. READ MORE 

AHLA’s Legislative Action Summit
September 12-13, 2018
Capital Hill
Washington D.C. 

The American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) and the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) are uniting the hotel industry to show lawmakers the strength of our industry. LAS is a unique opportunity to join together with hundreds of your colleagues to meet your congressional representatives to share your story, the story of our industry, and educate Congress on the important issues affecting the hotel and lodging business. During the course of two days you will learn about the latest developments on the most pressing issues that are impacting hoteliers’ bottom lines.

Register for LAS today! All AHLA members are welcome. Attendees typically include general managers, department directors, executives, owners, government affairs experts, asset managers, distribution experts and other hotel employees.

Click here to register

The Cambria Hotel in College Park is open for business
Source: The Diamondback
A Cambria Hotel and Suites opened in downtown College Park last week, the latest development in the city’s push to become a top-tier college town. The new 150-guest room property and the restaurant beneath it – the College Park Grill – both opened on August 1. READ MORE

LTD Hospitality Group and Sefira Capital Acquire the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Columbia, Maryland
Source: Hotel News Resource
In a joint venture, LTD Hospitality Group and Sefira Capital acquire the 152-room DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Columbia, Maryland. READ MORE

August 2018

Thank You to Our Annual Partners!





Delmarva Power



Frictionless Hospitality Solutions

Thank you Allied Members who joined or renewed this month

(Log-in to view complete contact information for all Lodging and Allied Members.)

A-1 Flood Tech
Tom Ihm

Commercial Settlement Services
Buzz Hiken

Howard County Tourism Council (SILVER PARTNER)
Amanda Hof

The Community College of Baltimore County
Evelyn Weaver

Warfield & Sanford, Inc.
Theresa Keysar




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