A Win for Maryland’s Lodging Industry! Short-term Rental Regulations Passed in Prince George’s County
On October 23, 2018 the Prince George’s County Council unanimously passed legislation yesterday to license and regulate short-term rental (STR) hosts and platforms. We applaud Council Members and County Executive Rushern Baker for taking significant steps to eliminate unfair competition from investors renting multiple units, just like hotels, on platforms such as Airbnb and HomeAway without any oversight.
This legislative package was strongly supported by MHLA. It will establish much needed accountability on the part of platforms who often earn revenue by booking short-term rentals that are not in compliance with local laws, and ensures hosts are following basic rules to protect guests and our communities. Click here to read more in the update sent to MHLA Members last month.
Baltimore City Council poised for final vote on Short-term Rental Legislation
Short-term rental legislation proposed in Baltimore City cleared a significant hurdle by passing second reader on October 29, 2018. It is scheduled for a potential final vote on Monday, November 19, 2018. We will be in attendance at the hearing and are asking the Council to pass the bill with no further amendments. READ MORE (See “Airbnb bill passes critical vote.”) – The Daily Record
D.C. Council gives final approval to tight limits on Airbnb and other home-sharing companies
The D.C. Council voted unanimously Tuesday to impose some of the tightest limits in the nation on Airbnb and other short-term rental companies.
If signed by Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D), the measure would prevent D.C. property owners from renting out second homes on a short-term basis and bar them from renting spare rooms or basements in their primary residences for more than 90 days per year when the host is away. READ MORE – The Washington Post
Hagerstown City Council backs away from hotel licensing proposal
Hagerstown officials are backing away from a licensing program that would have required additional fees and inspections for some hotels. The initial proposal would have grouped the city’s 10 current or proposed hotels into three tiers. Each tier was based on brand affiliation, age, safety features, status of complaints and standing with the city and state. READ MORE – Herald Mail Media
NOTE: MHLA opposed this legislation and appreciates the City Council’s current position.
MHLA NEWS & EVENTS
MHLA Stars of the Industry, February 7, 2019!
The 30th Annual “Stars of the Industry” Awards Luncheon, presented by Ecolab, will take place on February 7, 2019 from 10:30-1:30 at Live! Casino & Hotel. We look forward to recognizing STAR employees from hotels of all sizes and service levels. As an added bonus, each attendee will receive $10 in free slot play compliments of our host. The nomination form and other details will be sent to members soon. Save the date and start thinking about your nominees!
MHLA Legislative Committee
A limited number of seats are available for MHLA Member hoteliers to join the 2019 Legislative Committee. This Committee meets weekly via conference call throughout the Maryland General Assembly Session taking place Jan. 9 – Apr. 8, 2019. Proposed legislation potentially impacting hotels is reviewed and members help to shape the Association’s position accordingly. It is with support from this committee that our testimony is developed and we ensure the voice of Maryland’s lodging industry is heard in Annapolis. Contact Amy Rohrer (410-974-4472 or amy @ MDLodging.org) for more information, or to express interest in serving.
Welcome to New General Managers at Member Properties
- Kati Van Poppel – Home2 Suites Baltimore/Aberdeen
- Bailey Casselman – Home2 Suites Lexington Park
September 2018 STR Report
Smith Travel Research data for Maryland shows occupancy is down slightly, ADR has increased .2%, and RevPAR is down 2.1% YTD through September 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.)
INDUSTRY NEWS & INFORMATION
New Hilton hotel set to replace longtime mini-golf, laser tag spot in Ocean City
After 24 years of operation, an Ocean City entertainment staple has announced it will shut its doors before the end of the month to make way for a new hotel. The city plans to replace Planet Maze, located a block and a half from the beach, with a five-story, 100-plus-room Hilton hotel. READ MORE
80-room hotel proposed near Citicorp in Washington County
Source: Herald Mail Media
Two lock hotel owners are proposing an 80-room hotel off Citicorp Drive in northern Washington County. Discussions are currently on-going with La Quinta for a La Quinta Inns & Suites franchise on 3 acres of the 19 acre space. Ground could be broken on the estimated $10 million hotel project in about 18 months or so. READ MORE
Cambria Hotels Debuts in College Park, Maryland, with $57,000 Commitment from Southern Management Corporation to Local Community
Source: PR Newswire
Cambria Hotels has opened its doors in the hometown of the University of Maryland with the grand opening of the Cambria Hotel College Park. Located at 8321 Baltimore Avenue, the 150-room new-construction hotel provides upscale amenities in a prime location for business and leisure travelers visiting the college town and greater Washington, D.C., region. READ MORE
New WoodSpring Suites opens near Washington, D.C.
Source: Hotel Management
Choice Hotels International, in collaboration with Sandpiper Hospitality, opened the WoodSpring Suites Washington, D.C. East Arena Drive. Located at 1603 Brightseat Drive in Hyattsville, MD., the newly constructed 122-room extended-stay hotel represents Sandpiper’s third WoodSpring Suites property to open in the growing Washington, D.C. region, joining the WoodSpring Suites Manassas and WoodSpring Suites Washington, D.C. Andrews AFB. READ MORE
Live! Casino & Hotel Gives $19M to Anne Arundel Groups
The Cordish Companies’ Live! Casino & Hotel and the Anne Arundel County Local Development Council (LDC) awarded $19 million in local impact and community grands to organizations in Anne Arundel County for Fiscal Year 2019. The grant and funding recipients were officially announced at a press conference and ceremony held at the new Event Center at Live! Casino & Hotel. READ MORE