MHLA June Newsletter

 

 

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

LEGISLATIVE UPDATES

Short-term Rental News around the State
The Baltimore City Council is still considering legislation to regulate short-term rentals. We are hopeful a hearing will be scheduled this summer. The bill imposes the city’s 9.5 percent hotel tax on these rentals. A hosted rental in a primary residence may occur on an unlimited basis; unhosted rentals would be capped at 60 days per year with an allowance for one additional unit that is also subject to this cap.  The measure requires platforms and its hosts to keep records of their guests and share them with city authorities if requested. City officials would have the ability to pull the license of a host who fails to comply with zoning.

On a related note, a “pop-up hotel” in a residential apartment building located at 225 Calvert Street in Baltimore is slated to open on June 29, 2018.  Rooms will be advertised on whyhotel.com.

Prince George’s County Council is also considering legislation to establish short-term rental licensing for hosts and platforms.  The legislation would limit rentals to a primary residence no more than 90 days each year  and establish requirements to ensure the safety of guests and neighbors, regulatory compliance, appropriate tax remittance, and more.  A hearing has not yet been scheduled.

We are encouraging elected officials across the state to take action and ensure short-term rentals are properly regulated, which is necessary to re-establish a level playing field for hotels, bed and breakfasts, and all legal operators in the business of renting accommodations.

Read the articles below for more information:
Baltimore City Council considers regulating short-term rentals like Airbnb
Many Airbnb rentals in U.S. cities lack fire safety features

MHLA NEWS & EVENTS

April 2018 STR Report
Smith Travel Research data for Maryland shows occupancy is down slightly, ADR has decreased 1.0%, and RevPAR is down 2.8% YTD through April 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.

Scholarship Open to Maryland Hotel Employees
The Maryland Hotel Lodging Association is accepting applicants for multiple $1,500 scholarships to be awarded through the Maryland Tourism Education Foundation again this year.  

Criteria for applicants is listed below:
• Current resident of State of Maryland
• Currently employed with a minimum of six (6) months of work experience at a Maryland hotel. 
• Sincere desire to pursue a professional career in the Lodging Industry
• At least a Junior in high school or above with a minimum 3.0 GPA

How to Apply
1) Click here to complete the application and provide a 1-2 page essay addressing these two topics:
• Tell us how you demonstrate leadership, drive and integrity at school, work, and within your community.
• Explain why you have chosen a career in the lodging industry, and what your career objectives are. 
2) Attach a current resume that provides educational and background information.
3) Include a transcript or other documentation verifying your GPA.

The deadline to apply for the 2018 MHLA Scholarship is June 29, 2018. 

Welcome to New General Managers at Member Properties

  • Lamonte King – Home2 Suites Baltimore/Aberdeen
  • Allan Bella – Westin National Harbor
  • Rebecca Delphin – TownePlace Suites Bowie
  • John Sharpe – Task Force GM at the Holiday Inn Inner Harbor
  • Elizabeth Dellaratta – Harborside Hotel
  • Faraz Ahmed – College Park Marriott Hotel and Conference Center
  • Chris Anderson – Springhill Suites Baltimore
  • Gervonde Kennedy – TownePlace Suites Baltimore/BWI
  • Ashley Cluster – Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa
  • Tracy Farenden – Interim GM at the Hyatt Place Baltimore/BWI Airport
  • Sam Selvi – Cambria Hotel & Suites at College Park (NEW HOTEL MEMBER)
  • Chadi Soliman -Staybridge Suites Baltimore Inner Harbor (NEW HOTEL MEMBER)
  • Jeff Makhlouf – Westin BWI (NEW HOTEL MEMBER)

INDUSTRY NEWS & INFORMATION

Sheraton becomes next hotel near BWI to sell as the airport grows
Source: Baltimore Business Journal 
A Sheraton three miles from Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport is the latest hotel to trade hands near the fast-growing airport. Canada-based Vista Group of Cos. Acquired the 203-room Sheraton Baltimore Washington Airport Hotel from Chesapeake, Virginia-based LTD Hospitality Group. READ MORE


Hotel Brexton to close temporaily following lightning strike
Source: Baltimore Business Journal
The Hotel Brexton in Mount Vernon will close temporarily on June 11, resulting from a recent lightning strike that damaged the property’s electrical and cable systems. READ MORE

 

June 2018

Thank You to Our Annual Partners!

GOLD

Pinnacle

SILVER

Heartland

Delmarva Power

Pepco

BRONZE

Frictionless Hospitality Solutions

Thank you Allied Members who joined or renewed this month

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

Prince George’s Community College
Denise Ware
301-546-7422

The Maryland Center for Hospitality Training (NEW MEMBER)
Patty Sipes
800-949-1867

Ecolab, Inc.
Katherine Hunt
240-629-9400

 

 

 

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