Short-term Rental Hearings Scheduled
We are seeing activity on the short-term rental front in two local jurisdictions this month. On July 10, 2018, the Prince George’s County Council (Committee of the Whole) held a hearing on CB-10 and CB-11. The Baltimore City Council has scheduled a hearing in the Taxation, Finance and Economic Development Committee on Bill 18-0189 on July 19, 2018.
MHLA supports the proposed legislation in both jurisdictions. The bills would establish needed regulations for short-term rental hosts and platforms and ensure the hotel tax is appropriately collected and remitted in both Prince George’s County and Baltimore City. Members may contact Amy Rohrer in the MHLA offfice for more information.
New Short-term Rental Regulations in Effect
Source: Washington’s Top News
Montgomery County residents who rent out rooms or their homes on websites such as Airbnb, FlipKey or HomeAway are required to register with the county and receive a license for those short-term rentals, according to new regulations that went into effect on July 1. (This legislation was supported by MHLA and passed by the County Council last year.) Once a license is issued, property owners are required to list the license number on the rental listing itself. The license must be renewed every year and rentals are limited to 120 days annually. READ MORE
Maryland Election Update (as of July 5, 2018)
The Maryland Primary election, which was held on June 26, is still not totally finalized. Hanging in the balance are at least three county executive races and several county council seats. Several of the lost chairs were great friends to tourism, i.e. Senators Middleton, and Astle, Chair and Vice Chair of the Senate Finance Committee; Senator Joan Carter Conway, Chair of the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee; and Senator Ed Kasemeyer, Chair of the Budget and Taxation Committee. Click here for more information and for a complete rundown of who was elected (no opponents in the General Election), who will probably win, and who is in jeopardy. (Member log-in required)
MHLA NEWS & EVENTS
May 2018 STR Report
Smith Travel Research data for Maryland shows occupancy is down slightly, ADR has decreased .8%, and RevPAR is down 2.8% YTD through May 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 https://mdlodging.org/members/ and select “Industry Statistics and Research.” (Member log-in required.)
2018 MHLA Annual Golf Tournament
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Whiskey Creek Golf Club
Registration for the 2018 MHLA Annual Golf Tournament is now open! Join your friends and industry colleagues out on the course for a great day of contests, prizes, and networking.
A portion of proceeds raised from this tournament are donated for scholarships available to Maryland hotel employees. You can be a part of increasing funds for the future by supporting this event!
Register online or download the registration form with event details.
Welcome to New General Managers at Member Properties
- John Lowe–Holiday Inn Inner Harbor
- Karina Burns–Marriott Gaithersburg Washingtonian Center
- James Garcia–Dunes Manor Hotel (NEW HOTEL MEMBER)
- Will Lynch–Commander Hotel (NEW HOTEL MEMBER)
- Andrew Labetti–Embassy Suites Baltimore Inner Harbor (NEW HOTEL MEMBER)
- Michael Donaldson–Hampton Inn & Suites Frederick (NEW HOTEL MEMBER)
INDUSTRY NEWS & INFORMATION
Baltimore’s 10-year-old convention hotel finally makes a profit
Source: Baltimore Sun
The city-owned Hilton Baltimore turned a profit last year for the first time in the decade since the convention hotel opened, recording close to $1.3 million in income, a new financial audit shows. The 757-room hotel opened in August 2008 next to the convention center downtown, two years after city officials approved the sale of more than $300 million in tax-exempt bonds to pay for its construction. READ MORE
Loews Annapolis Hotel under contract for sale
Source: Capital Gazette
The Loews Annapolis Hotel is under contract to be sold to Adventurous Journeys Capital and rebranded under the firm’s Graduate Hotel series popping up in college markets across the country. READ MORE
Developers of Towson Row announce hotel vendor, construction timeline goals
Source: Baltimore Sun
Developers of Towson Row say they hope to complete the hotel and student housing components of the project by fall 2020. Plans for Towson Row stalled after they were first announced in 2013, but county officials and developers say the project is now ready to move forward. READ MORE
Pop-up hotel to operate out of upscale Baltimore apartment building
Source: Baltimore Sun
The developer of a new apartment building in downtown Baltimore has partnered with a hotel start-up to offer some of the units as hotel rooms as it seeks tenants in the city’s competitive apartment market. WhyHotel will operate a “pop-up” hotel in the new upscale apartment building at 225 N. Calvert Street., a concept it is bringing to other newly built apartments in other U.S. cities. READ MORE
The Live Hotel, attached to the Live Casino, marks its grand opening
Source: The Baltimore Sun
The new 310-room hotel atop the Live Casino in Hanover held its grand opening on July 11, a milestone development that also marks the opening of a spa, gym and event space that officials say finally makes the six-year-old complex complete. READ MORE