MHLA November Monthly News

GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

How Baltimore Fought Back Against Trump’s Insult
MHLA applauds Visit Baltimore President & CEO Al Hutchinson’s response to the negative rhetoric surrounding Baltimore City.  “We want them (key decision-makers at the White House and Capitol Hill) to celebrate Baltimore, but the bigger story is we want them to celebrate all great cities in this country because we believe that travel and tourism creates a lot of jobs, a lot of tax revenue comes into these communities, and we need the administration to be a friend of travel and tourism and not a foe.”  Baltimore needs more champions for the city, and we commend Al Hutchinson as a true ambassador.  READ MORE in The Guardian

Airbnb And Other Homesharing Services Are Now Legal In D.C.
Source:  WAMU
Under the new law, homeowners in D.C. can post bedrooms, basements or carriage houses on home-sharing platforms, and rent them out as long and as often as they wish as long as the owner also resides on the property. If they are not present during the rental, a 90-day annual cap kicks in — though exceptions can be made for homeowners who travel extensively for work or family matters. The law prohibits residents who own second or third homes from using those for short-term rentals.Airbnb officials complained that D.C. is more restrictive than many other cities, and could limit people’s ability to make extra money off property they own. But Mendelson and other legislators said they law is necessary to curtail commercial short-term rental operators and to ensure that available housing is offered to long-term tenants.  READ MORE

MHLA NEWS & EVENTS

Together, MHLA can Help Stamp out Human Trafficking with Free Employee Training
The real heroes in the war against human trafficking are often people doing everyday jobs who notice when something is unusual. The best way to prevent human trafficking is with staff training and education. Hotel employees must be diligent, and aware of this crime, so they can report it to management. That’s why MHLA recently formed a partnership with the nonprofit organization, Businesses Ending Slavery and Trafficking (BEST), to address the issue of human trafficking by offering our members a free employee training on how to recognize and report suspected human trafficking activity in hotels. Read more about MHLA’s program with BEST.

MHLA’s Stars of the Industry Awards Luncheon
Tuesday, January 9, 2020
The Hotel at the University of Maryland 

Click here for award categories and information on nominating your employees and/or your property.  The nomination deadline is December 5, 2019.

Thank you to our presenting sponsor:

And thank you to our event sponsors:  Commercial Laundry, HotelPro, Real Hospitality and Virginia Linen Service/Maryland Textile Service.

For event registration and sponsorship, please click here.

Membership Updates:

Congratulations to the newly named General Managers at the following properties: 
– Shenae Moulden – Residence Inn Baltimore BWI Airport
– Tim Glass – Westin BWI Airport
– Jim Carroll – TownePlace Suites Baltimore BWI
– Mikhail Shamkin – Kimpton Hotel Monaco Baltimore
– Jennifer Williams – Sheraton Columbia
– Jadranka Belajic – Westin National Harbor
Welcome to the following new member property:
– Canopy by Hilton Baltimore/Harbor Point – Beth Brainard

September 2019 STR Report
Smith Travel Research data for Maryland shows occupancy is up slightly, ADR has increased 1.1%, and RevPAR has increased 1.2% YTD through September 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 https://mdlodging.org/members/ and select “Industry Statistics and Research.” (Member log-in required.) 

INDUSTRY NEWS & INFORMATION

Home for the Holidays 2019 Promotion
Once again,The Maryland Office of Tourism is running this promotion to promote a time of year when there is traditionally capacity at hotels and to increase hotel bookings.   Last year, the campaign produced more than 4,000 hotel room nights.  They are seeking accommodations with holiday packages to be posted holiday on www.VisitMaryland.org.  The site receives more than 2.5 million unique visitors per year; during the 4th quarter, the site welcomes an average of 300,000 unique visitors.

Hotels may specify the date range of the deal, but are encouraged to offer packages from mid-November through late December.  Discounted rates work, but also think about add-ons such as Holiday Light Displays, holiday themed attractions, or nearby shopping coupon offers.  You can see examples of hotel packages here.

Click here to learn more about the campaign.

 

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