MHLA May Newsletter




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





2019 Legislative Report Available Online
The 2019 Maryland General Assembly Session ended with a big win for the Maryland Hotel Lodging Association with passage of our short-term rental sales tax bill.  The results of this and other major pieces of legislation passed and affecting the lodging industry can be viewed in MHLA’s Final Legislative Report.  Go to the Members Area of, and click the link under Legislation and Compliance Updates. (Member log-in required.)

The report was previously emailed to members and will be discussed at MHLA’s Annual Meeting on June 6, 2019.  See below to register for this event.

Baltimore Advances Initiative to Fund New Tourism District
Source: Meetings and Conventions 
An ordinance to begin a process that could create a new Baltimore Tourism Improvement District was signed into law at an event at City Hall on Monday, May 6. The process calls on Visit Baltimore, the city’s destination marketing organization, to work with the hospitality industry to get a majority of the city’s hotels to sign on to a funded effort to lure more leisure and meetings business. READ MORE

Proposed Hotel Tax Increase in Baltimore County
Source: The Baltimore Sun
Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. is looking to raise the county’s hotel tax rate from 8% to 10% – and impose that tax on Airbnb-style rentals. This increase would be alongside the county’s first income tax increase in nearly 30 years – plus new fees on development and additional charges on residents’ monthly cellphone and cable bills. Olszewski said the county needs the increased revenue to close what was projected to be an $81 million deficit. READ MORE

Note: MHLA opposes the proposed increase in the hotel tax and submitted this letter to the Baltimore County Council.


Welcome to New General Managers at Member Properties

  • Charles Perrell – Hilton Garden Inn & Homewood Suites by Hilton Rockville-Gaithersburg
  • Kristian McKenzie – Hampton Inn Columbia
  • Brad Brown – Hampton Inn & Suites Baltimore Bayview Campus (New Hotel Member)

March 2019 STR Report
Smith Travel Research data for Maryland shows occupancy is down slightly, ADR has increased 1%, and RevPAR is down 1.8% YTD through March 2019 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.)

MHLA Annual Meeting 
Don’t miss the MHLA Annual Meeting on June 6, 2019. We will cover the latest legislative happenings from both a national and state perspective, with Chip Rogers, President & CEO of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, joining as our guest speaker. The program will be followed by a reception with Exhibitors and prizes!  Click here to register!


Aloft Ocean City Hotel Opens in Maryland
Source: Hotel News Resource
Aloft Hotels, in partnership with East Coast hospitality specialist Blue Water Development and Real Hospitality, announces the opening of its newest hotel, Aloft Ocean City. Taking a design-driven, tech-forward approach to modern hospitality, this 120-room, pet-friendly hotel is located in the 45th Street Village on the bayside of Ocean City. READ MORE

Glass office tower at Columbia’s Lakefront is next step in Howard Hughes’ redevelopment
Source: Baltimore Business Journal
Renderings of Columbia’s new “wellness district” show towering glass office buildings, new retail and residential and urban pathways and parks. Howard Hughes hopes to start construction on the nine-story 1 Sterrett Place tower by spring 2020 and open the building in 2021. READ MORE

Marriott to expand further into home-sharing
Source: Washington Post
Marriott is pushing more heavily into home-sharing, confident that its combination of luxury properties and loyalty points can lure travelers away from rivals like Airbnb. The world’s biggest hotel company has started taking reservations for 2,000 homes in 100 markets in the U.S., Europe, and Latin America. Nearly 40 of the markets are in places where Marriott doesn’t currently have hotels, like Bar Harbor, Maine and Bordeaux, France. READ MORE

Sports tourism creates nearly $50 million annual economic impact in Harford County
Source: The Baltimore Sun
Sports tourism in Harford County was the source of nearly a $50 million economic impact, and support 650 jobs, each year over the last three years. “Tourism in general, according to a study from the Maryland Office on Tourism, created an impact of $374 million in Harford County alone, that’s more than $1 million a day,” Greg Pizzuto, executive of Visit Harford!, which commissioned the study. READ MORE


May 2019

Thank You to Our Annual Partners!






Thank you Allied Members who joined or renewed this month

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

Adobe Home Inspections (NEW MEMBER)
Joel Lurtz

Ecolab, Inc.
Katherine Hunt
240-629-9400 (NEW SILVER PARTNER)
Mandy Kleebauer

HD Supply
Ross Faris

MVP Protective Services (NEW MEMBER)
Melvin Key

Emily Dorr

Prince George’s Community College
Denise Ware

Visit Baltimore
Al Hutchinson







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