MHLA November Newsletter



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

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Montgomery County Council Approves Hotel Lifeguard Bill
MHLA is proud to report a win for the industry in Montgomery County! The County Council approved a bill that lessens requirements for hotels to staff lifeguards at their pools. County Executive Leggett is expected to approve the bill on Monday, November 13 and the legislation will take effect the day it is signed into law. 

For more information, contact Amy Rohrer.

Carbon Monoxide Legislation enacted in Prince George’s County
MHLA applauds the Prince George’s County Council for enacting legislation that aligns local requirements for carbon monoxide alarms in hotels with state regulations.  Contact Amy Rohrer for more details.

For now, Ocean City nixes any short-term rental ban
Source: Delmarva Now
The Ocean City Planning and Zoning Commission voted to leave out the hotly debated new zone, but promised upset residents that the commission would address the longtime debate over renting in residential districts in the near future. READ MORE


September 2017 STR Report
Smith Travel Research data for Maryland shows occupancy is up slightly, ADR has increased 1%, and RevPAR is up 2.4% YTD through September 2017 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 and select “Industry Statistics and Research.” (Member log-in required.)

Regional Meeting in Montgomery County
Hoteliers from Montgomery County and MHLA Allied Members are invited to the Regional Meeting at the Bethesda Marriott on November 28 from 10-11:30 am. We will provide updates on recent legislative wins in the county and other industry news. Invited guests will receive more details via email. Contact Christine Abe with questions. 

Welcome New GMs at Member Hotels
Zarar Ahmed – Annapolis Waterfront Hotel, Autograph Collection
Brian Zacharias – Cambria Suites Rockville
Celena Dotson – Hilton Garden Inn Columbia
Bob Glock – Holiday Inn Columbia East-Jessup


Baltimore’s Ivy Hotel ranks high in Condé Nast Traveler Awards
Source: Baltimore Business Journal
The Ivy Hotel, Baltimore’s swanky Mount Vernon hotel, ranked No. 8 in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards for top hotels in New York and the mid-Atlantic. READ MORE

Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay wins 2017 Business Philanthropy Award
Congratulations to The Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay, the winner of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce’s midsized 2017 Business Philanthropy award. The people of Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina demonstrate exceptional commitment to the Dorchester County community, and particularly to veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, persons with disabilities, and persons with mental health needs. To read more about the initiatives undertaken by the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay, click here.

Cordish Companies Advances Live Hotel and Convention Center
Anne Arundel County Council approved legislation that would grant $36 million in property tax relief to Cordish Companies in exchange that the casino company builds a 4,000 seat convention center instead of the originally proposed 1,400 seat center so that it could house Anne Arundel County school graduations and other events. Recently, the company took a step toward opening a luxury hotel next to its Live Casino in Hanover, installing the final 1,400 pound steal beam and completeing the 310-room luxury hotel’s outer frame, bringing the project closer to an expected opening date of spring 2018. Click the links below to read more. 

David Cordish says Live Hotel will be ‘game changer’ as project advances

Anne Arundel County passes casino property tax relief bill, 5-2

November 2017

Thank You to Our Annual Partners!





Howard County

Triple Crown

Delmarva Power



Frictionless Hospitality Solutions

Constellation | An Exelon Company

Thank you Allied Members who joined or renewed this month

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Wind River Environmental (NEW MEMBER)
Samantha Kelley

PSAV – Maryland
William Shank
202-413-6717 Inc (NEW MEMBER)
Erinda Asher

Hal Hocking



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