MHLA December Newsletter


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

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Baltimore City Council passes Short-term Rental Regulations
On December 6, 2018, the Baltimore City Council passed Bill 18-0189, Short-term Residential Rentals – Regulation and Taxation, creating a comprehensive framework for the regulation of short-term rental hosts and online platforms in Baltimore.  18-0189 requires platforms to collect and remit taxes, that hosts be licensed with the City and in compliance with all basic rules for business operations, and limits hosts to listing their primary residence, and one separate unit if in operation prior to December 31, 2018.

“We applaud lead sponsors Council President Jack Young and Councilman Eric Costello, and the entire Baltimore City Council for passing this important legislation,” said Amy Rohrer, President and CEO of the Maryland Hotel Lodging Association. “We believe this legislation strikes the right balance between preserving home-sharing for Baltimore guests and residents and protecting Baltimore’s hospitality industry from those investors who skirt the law and use short term rental platforms to operate illegal hotels throughout the city.  The legislation preserves the fabric of Baltimore’s neighborhoods, protects guests and our communities, and ensures that hosts and platforms pay their fair share.”

Upon enactment, collection and remittance of the hotel tax is scheduled to take effect December 31, 2018, with all other licensing requirements taking effect December 31, 2019.


Hagerstown Council decides not to go forward with hotel licensing program
MHLA opposed the hotel licensing program proposed in Hagerstown, and appreciates the Council’s decision to not move forward. READ MORE


MHLA Stars of the Industry, Nominations Are Now Open!
We are accepting nominations for the 30th Annual “Stars of the Industry” Awards through January 11, 2019!!  The luncheon, presented by Ecolab, will take place on February 7, 2019 from 10:30-1:30 at Live! Casino & Hotel. We look forward to recognizing STAR employees from hotels of all sizes and service levels. As an added bonus, each attendee will receive $10 in free slot play compliments of our host. Submit your nominations today!  (Note: You must be a Member of MHLA for nominations to be accepted.)

MHLA Legislative Committee
MHLA’s Legislative Committee is gearing up for another busy Session in 2019.  Jim Starke and Monroe Harrison plan to remain Co-Chairs again this year, and other appointments as Voting Committee Members will be announced via email soon.  All MHLA Members are welcome to listen in on weekly calls, taking place January 9 – April 8, 2019.  Stay tuned for more information!

Welcome to New General Managers at Member Properties

  • Stan Martin – Residence Inn Maple Lawn (Opening early 2019 / New Hotel Member)
  • Les Morrison – LaQuinta Inn & Suites DC Metro Capital Beltway (New Hotel Member)
  • Matt Sommers – MGM National Harbor
  • Arnie Garcia – DoubleTree Annapolis Hotel
  • Kristyn Parker – The Hotel Annapolis (formerly Loews Annapolis Hotel)

October 2018 STR Report
Smith Travel Research data for Maryland shows occupancy is down slightly, ADR has increased .1%, and RevPAR is down 2.1% YTD through September 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.)


Small workplace I No. 2: Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore
Source: The Baltimore Sun

Congratulations to MHLA Board Member and General Manager Bob Haislip on the article below!

Guests aren’t the only ones who feel comfortable at the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore. The same could be said of the hotel’s 113 employees. The hospitality industry tends to have considerable turnover – more than 70 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. At this luxurious hotel that overlooks the Inner Harbor, the number is about half that. READ MORE

Triple Crowne Founder Dave Rapp Steps Down After 25 Years of Success in the Construction and Hospitality Renovation Industry
Dave Rapp, founder of Maryland-based hotel and hospitality renovation company Triple Crowne, has officially retired after almost three decades. He began the organization in 1991, and for 27 years he transformed it into a major force in hotel renovations and commercial construction projects. Click here to read the release.

Charles Center hotels partner up to land bigger business, convention guests
Source: Baltimore Business Journal
As Baltimore’s hospitality industry continues to add rooms, four downtown Baltimore hotels are banding together to get an edge on the competition. The Lord Baltimore Hotel, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Radisson Hotel Baltimore Downtown-Inner Harbor and Kimpton Hotel Monaco are finalizing a partnership to jointly market their amenities and launch a shuttle bus service to and from the Baltimore Convention Center in the hopes of drawing larger meeting groups and snagging some of the lucrative convention center business. READ MORE

Ocean City gets new Hilton Home2 Suites Hotel
Source: Delmarva Now
A new hotel has opened in Ocean City that will offer beachgoers an experience similar to their own home. With 100 suites, this Hilton hotel offers a range of amenities, including fully equipped kitchens and modular furniture so guests can customize their experiences. The hotel officially opened its doors on November 12. READ MORE

Historic Lankford Hotel in Ocean City listed for sale for $16 million
Source: Delmarva Now
The historic Lankford Hotel in Ocean City has been put up for sale for $16 million. The main hotel sits on the Boardwalk facing the ocean and the property also includes the Ayresbuilt, which has nine apartments; the Sea Robin, which has three floors and two apartments; and the Lankford Lodge, which has two apartments and 11 rooms. READ MORE

December 2018

Thank You to Our Annual Partners!





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