MHLA is actively working on legislation that could impact hotels in multiple local jurisdictions. Some of the issues are highlighted below. Contact Amy Rohrer, MHLA President & CEO, for more information.
Frederick County Council working on human trafficking prevention bills
“Council Member Fitzwater presented three bills drafted to target human trafficking at a County Council workshop on September 11, 2018. One of the bills would require hotels to train employees to spot and report signs of the activity. A public hearing will be held October 16, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.” READ MORE (Local DVM)
Hagerstown discusses structure of proposed hotel-licensing program
“Hagerstown officials are continuing to discuss a new hotel license program aimed at ensuring basic safety standards and building code requirements for the safety of guests.…Planning Director Kathleen Maher gave an overview on the draft program, explaining that the city’s 10 current or planned hotels would be grouped into tiers. Each tier would be based on brand affiliation, age, safety features, status of complaints and standing with the city and state… Proposed requirements for bed and breakfasts and short-term rentals, including units available on websites like AirB&B,” are included. READ MORE (Herald-Mail Media)
Hearing scheduled on Short-term Rental legislation in Prince George’s County
Prince George’s County Council voted unanimously to move CB-10 and CB-11-2018 to introduction. A potential hearing for a final vote is scheduled on October 23, 2018. If passed, the bill would take effect October 1, 2019.
MHLA supports this legislation as currently amended. Together the bills would establish a regulatory framework that ensures short-term rental operators in the County adhere to safety requirements while renting their primary residence only for no more than 180 days each year, with unhosted rentals limited to 90 days. Short-term rental platforms (Airbnb, HomeAway, etc.) would also be licensed and required to collect and remit hotel tax.
Work Group held on Baltimore City Short-term Rental bill
The Taxation, Finance and Economic Development Committee of the Baltimore City Council held a Work Group to discuss Bill 18-0189 on September 13, 2018. Eighteen amendments passed unanimously, all of which were supported by MHLA.
The bill will move to 2nd reader pending a vote on the amended bill to move it out of committee. If passed, the City would begin collecting tax from platforms on December 31, 2018 but licensing would not go into effect until one year later.
Baltimore City Council committee presses forward with regulations on Airbnb-style rentals, The Baltimore Sun, September 13, 2018
Close Airbnb loophole, The Baltimore Sun, September 12, 2018
City needs to regulate short-term rentals, The Baltimore Sun, October 4, 2018
Lack of regulations give Airbnb hosts unfair advantage, Baltimore Business Journal, September 20, 2018 (subscription required)
MHLA NEWS & EVENTS
August 2018 STR Report
Smith Travel Research data for Maryland shows occupancy is down slightly, ADR has increased .3%, and RevPAR is down 1.7% YTD through August 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.)
MHLA Golf Tournament raises $5,000 for hotel employee scholarships
THANK YOU to all of our golfers, donors, and 2018 sponsors, listed here, and special thanks to Ecolab as our Title Sponsor and Live! Casino & Hotel / Live! Lofts as our Presenting Sponsor. With your support we raised $5,000 for the MHLA Scholarship Fund to support Maryland hotel employees furthering their career through education. We also presented one of our previous scholarship recipients,Shaquala Parker from the Hyatt Regency Bethesda, with a check for $1,500. Click here to view photos from the event.
Welcome to New Contacts / Member Properties
- Matt Sommers – MGM National Harbor
- Miriam Cunningham – Inn at Antietam (New Member)
INDUSTRY NEWS & INFORMATION
Sagamore Pendry Baltimore wins over Condé Nast Traveler readers
Baltimore Business Journal
The Sagamore Pendry Baltimore in Baltimore’s Fells Point neighborhood grabbed the No. 1 spot on Condé Nast Traveler’s Best Hotels in the U.S. The 128-room Pendry, part of the Montage brand of hotels, opened in 2016 in what was once the decrepit Fells Point Recreation Pier. It has since become a popular venue for weddings and events. Additional Baltimore hotels on the list include The Ivy Hotel (No. 4), The Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore (No. 12) and Kimpton Hotel Monaco Baltimore Inner Harbor (No. 17). READ MORE
New hotel opens on Ocean City Boardwalk
The first Hyatt-branded hotel officially opened on Sept. 19 in Ocean City. Hyatt Place Ocean City/Oceanfront is located on the Boardwalk at 16th Street and includes 105 rooms. READ MORE
Apartment, retail project planned near UMB adds hotel component
A stalled downtown residential development aimed at graduate students from the University of Maryland, Baltimore is back on again. And a 155-room hotel has been added to the plans.The 180-room University Lofts project will be located on an entire city block near the Hippodrome Theatre and Lexington Market at Fayette and Eutaw streets. READ MORE
Maryland Travel & Tourism Summit
November 14 – 16, 2018
Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa & Marina
The Maryland Travel & Tourism Summit (MTTS) is Maryland’s annual tourism industry conference that brings together all sectors of the hospitality industry for business and public sector leaders to convene, network and learn new strategies to advance MD’s tourism industry. Attendees engage with a variety of keynote speakers and legislative representatives and participate in interactive learning sessions including off-site educational tours of the destination.
This event is hosted by the Maryland Tourism Coalition. For more information, click here.
Metro Laundry Service Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Friends of the industry are invited to join MHLA Allied Member Metro Laundry, Lieutenant Governor Boyd K. Rutherford and Howard County Business & Civic Community Leaders at a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Metro Laundry’s new facility. Light fare, networking, and tours will begin at 9am. The ceremony will begin at 10am sharp. To register, click here. To view the agenda, click here.
When: Tuesday, October 16th at 10:00am
Where: 6675 Business Parkway – Suite A, Elkridge, Maryland 21075