MHLA July Monthly News



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

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Increased hotel tax in Baltimore County
Effective July 12, 2019, occupancy tax in Baltimore County has been raised to 9.5% (formerly 8%).  Along with the increased rate, the tax will now apply to transient guests staying for fewer than 90 days, an increase from the former time frame of 25 days.

Short-term Rental Updates
Representing a significant win for the industry in leveling the playing field with short-term rentals, SB533 / HB884 went into effect on June 1, 2019. The bill was introduced at the request of MHLA and requires short-term rental platforms (Airbnb, HomeAway, etc.) to collect and remit the state’s 6% sales tax on all bookings. Earlier this year platforms also began to collect and remit the 9.5% hotel tax in Baltimore City.  Many local jurisdictions continue to debate short-term rental regulations and collection of hotel tax on such transactions. The Capital Gazette has weighed in on regulations proposed in Annapolis.  READ MORE


MHLA teams with BEST to Fight Human Trafficking
We are pleased to announce a new partnership with the non-profit Businesses Ending Slavery and Trafficking (BEST) to make human trafficking awareness training available to all MHLA members and their staffs, free of charge. BEST provides expertise in human trafficking prevention, and BEST’s Inhospitable to Human Trafficking training, sponsored by AAHOA, helps hotel employees learn the indicators of human trafficking and how to safely report it to law enforcement. Many members have already taken significant steps to avert human trafficking at their properties, and we are pleased to add this training as an additional resource. READ MORE

Michael Henningsen Named Ambassador of the Year by Maryland Hotel Lodging Association
Source: 2 News
Michael Henningsen, executive vice president of hotel operations at Plamondon Hospitality Partners, has been named the Ambassador of the Year by the Maryland Hotel Lodging Association (MHLA).This award was presented to recognize a member of MHLA whose efforts have contributed to the Association’s legislative wins, membership growth and/or successful events in the past year. Members of the Association’s board of directors were invited to submit nominations for the award, with the executive committee approving the selection.

Annual Golf Outing Registration is Open!
October 2, 2019
Whiskey Creek Golf Club

Don’t miss your chance to participate in MHLA’s Annual Golf Outing on October 2, 2019. Support from Title Sponsor Ecolab, Presenting Sponsor Live! Casino & Hotel, and other sponsors will ensure a successful event and a fun time to be had by all.  A portion of proceeds will be donated to MHLA’s scholarship fund.  Click here for more information.   

Membership Updates

Congratulations to the newly named General Managers at the following properties: 

  • Commander Hotel – Jill Douglas
  • Dunes Manor Hotel – Dante Iocona
  • Hampton Inn & Suites Frederick – Irfan Mian
  • Home2 Suites Baltimore/Aberdeen – Brekke Autry
  • SpringHill Suites Hagerstown – Ross Baker

Welcome to the following new member properties:

  • Hampton Inn & Suites Baltimore North-Timonium – Travis Daniels
  • Aloft Hotel Ocean City – Michael Hayes

June 2019 STR Report
Smith Travel Research data for Maryland shows occupancy is down slightly, ADR has increased .4%, and RevPAR is down .7% YTD through June 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.)


Ocean City Hilton hotel construction to be completed by 2020
Source: Delmarva Now
A new Hilton hotel will come to Coastal Highway in Ocean City by spring 2020, a Salisbury contractor has announced. The building, a Tru by Hilton hotel, is coming to the former location of Planet Maze and Lost Galaxy Golf at 3401 Coastal Highway, according to a news release from Gillis Gilkerson, the firm which is constructing the hotel. READ MORE

Marriott to Fight DC’s Deceptive Hotel Rates Lawsuit
Source: Patch
Marriott International Inc. — the Bethesda-based hotel giant being sued for improper and deceptive pricing practices — isn’t backing down from the accusations without a fight. The lawsuit alleges that Marriott has used an illegal trade practicecalled “drip pricing,” which involves hiding a portion of a hotel room’s daily rate from guests and later charging them additional mandatory fees. Those extra charges are sometimes called resort, amenity, and destination fees. READ MORE

Two Hotel Companies With Local Ties Say They Won’t Let ICE Use Their Rooms As Detention Facilities
Source: DCist
Two major hotel chains headquartered in the D.C. area have announced that they will not allow federal immigration enforcement agencies to use its hotel rooms as backup detention centers for immigrant families. Marriott International and Choice Hotels said that they will decline any requests by the U.S. government to use its hotel rooms as temporary detention centers. READ MORE

July 2019

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