MH&LA News – December 3, 2013

REMINDER — OCTOBER 2013 STR REPORT IS AVAILABLE ON THE MH&LA WEBSITE
To view the report go to mdlodging.org, click on Members – Statistics and Research and look for Maryland Monthly Statistics October 2013. This report is provided as an MH&LA member service and requires member log in to access. For assistance with your member log in, contact amy@mdassn.com.

OTC SETTLES ON OCCUPANCY TAX PAYMENT LAWSUIT
Orbitz has reached a confidential settlement with Baltimore and Montgomery Counties on claims they did not pay hotel occupancy taxes. This follows settlements with Baltimore City by Priceline and Expedia. Travelocity is still involved in litigation with Baltimore and Montgomery Counties and Baltimore City.

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY CASINO UPDATE
The State Video Lottery Facility Location Commission will decide on the operator of and location for a new casino in Prince George’s County on December 20, 2013. The bidders — MGM Resorts International, Greenwood Racing and Penn National Gaming have all said the new casino will not open before 2016.

BALTIMORE CASINO IMPACT ON OTHER CASINOS NOTED
Consultants for the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency project that Maryland Live Casino! will see a 23% drop in revenue in fiscal 2016 as a result of competition from the opening of a new casino in Baltimore. The consultants forecast smaller revenue drops at the state’s three other casinos.

THANK YOU PEG PEDNARSKY
Miss Peg represented MH&LA at the recent Board meeting of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) in New York City. At that meeting, updates were provided on previously approved changes to AH&LA’s funding model and governance structure which will take effect on January 1, 2014.

POST LABOR DAY SCHOOL START STUDY TASK FORCE MEETING RECAP
At the last meeting of the Task Force on a Post Labor Day Start Date, MH&LA presented data on the impact of a post Labor Day school start on student test scores and on the economic impact on the local/state economy as reported by the state Comptroller and the state Office of Tourism Development.

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