MHLA January Newsletter



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

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MHLA Legislative Committee named for 2019
Lawmakers have returned to Annapolis for the 2019 Maryland General Assembly Session, and MHLA’s Legislative Committee is in place and ready to assist with our advocacy on behalf of Maryland’s lodging industry.  Click here to view MHLA Legislative Committee Members, who will meet weekly throughout the 90 day session and review all bills potentially impacting the lodging industry.  Their input will guide MHLA’s legislative priorities throughout the year, and we thank them in advance for their service. 

Maryland lawmakers’ 2019 agenda: Protect abortion rights, raise minimum wage, and find more money for schools
Source: The Baltimore Sun
During the coming General Assembly session, the Democrats who control Maryland’s legislature are expected to push for a range for progressive proposals – to bolster Obamacare, raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, and guarantee in the state constitution a woman’s right to abortion. READ MORE 

Maryland’s Short-term Rental Landscape going into 2019
We are seeing more and more local jurisdictions debating and passing legislation to regulate Maryland’s fast growing short-term rental marketplace.  Going into 2019, Baltimore City Council, Prince George’s County Council, and Montgomery County Council have all passed legislation providing for licensing of a primary residence and collection/remittance of hotel tax on bookings, among other requirements. (Click the preceding links for more information on the bills that passed.)  Other jurisdictions continue to debate how to best integrate this commercial activity into neighborhoods while protecting residents, guests, and traditional lodging accommodations.

In 2018, Airbnb says that more than 6,500 hosts in Maryland welcomed around 383,600 guests to the state, bringing in about $57 million. Click the articles below to read more about the local impact of short-term rentals in the state. 

  • Airbnb Says 2018 Was a Very Good Year for Maryland Hosts READ MORE (Annapolis Patch)
  • Md. Airbnb hosts earned $57 million in 2018 READ MORE (The Star Democrat, subscription required)
  • Detailed Report Shows Airbnb’s Impact on Maryland Counties; $1.5M in Rental Income Collected in Worcester READ MORE (The Dispatch)
  • Group recommends immediate taxation of Airbnbs in Frederick READ MORE (The Frederick News Post)
  • As Airbnb grows, regulation potential looms, READ MORE  (Cecil Whig)


Last Chance to Submit Nominations for the MHLA Stars of the Industry!
The deadline to submit nominations for the 30th Annual “Stars of the Industry” Awards is tomorrow!!  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.)

Welcome to General Managers at New Member Properties

  • Helen Hayes, GM – Best Western Capital Beltway (New Member)
  • Rob Arthur, GM – The Ivy Hotel Baltimore (New Member)
  • Juan Webster, GM – Hotel Monaco Baltimore (New Member)

November 2018 STR Report
Smith Travel Research data for Maryland shows occupancy is down slightly, ADR has decreased .02%, and RevPAR is down 2.2% YTD through November 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.)


Maryland Tourism Coalition to host Advocacy Day February 15, 2019
Tourism Day is one of MTC’s MOST important events of the year! Join industry professionals from across the state as they meet with legislators from their counties and share stories about their businesses and the impact they have on Maryland’s economy.  MHLA is a sponsor of this event and we encourage our members to attend.  Click here for more information.

Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor begins renovations to meeting, public space
Source: Baltimore Business Journal
Construction work is underway at the Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor Hotel and is slated to move quickly. Renovations are expected to wrap up up by the first weekend in January. READ MORE

BWI Homewood Suites by Hilton is latest property to trade hands in corridor
Source: Baltimore Business Journal
The country’s sixth-largest hotel owner and operator has acquired a property near Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. MCR recently purchased the 147-room Homewood Suites by Hilton Baltimore-BWI Airport at 1181 Winterson Road in Linthicum Heights. READ MORE

Courtyard Hotel Opens in Bowie, Maryland
Source: Hospitality Net
Courtyard by Marriott Bowie opened its doors in Bowie, Maryland on Friday, December 21, 2018. Located at 16800 Science Drive, the 144-room hotel will operate as a Marriott franchise, owned and managed by Hospitality Development Co. III, LLC. READ MORE 

Cambria Hotels opens 40th property in Hanover
Source: The Daily Record
The Cambria Hotels brand, franchised by Rockville-based Choice Hotels International Inc. opened the 122-room Cambria Hotel Arundel Mills-BWI Airport in December, the upscale chain’s 40th hotel property and the fourth in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area. READ MORE 

Cecil County expects unprecedented boost from Great Wolf Lodge
Source: The Baltimore Sun
Great Wolf Lodge plans to enter Maryland with a $200 million, 44-acre lodge and waterpark next to the Hollywood Casino Perryville. The resort, expected to be completed by the summer of 2022, could draw nearly a half million tourists a year, and help diversify the country’s tax base and drive more visitors to the casino, where gaming revenue dipped nearly 6 percent in November. READ MORE

January 2019

Thank You to Our Annual Partners!





Delmarva Power



Thank you Allied Members who joined or renewed this month

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

Sunset Pools
Bob Kiani

Propark America (NEW MEMBER)
Keith Buchwald

Anne Arundel County Workforce Development Corporation
Kirkland Murray

Premium Parking Service, LLC
Jim Tortorici

Continental Contractors, Inc.
Renee Bagshaw

Hagerstown/Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau
Dan Spedden

S. Freedman & Sons Inc.
Tim Antonini



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