MHLA October Monthly Newsletter

GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

Short-term rental regulations taking effect in Two Maryland Jurisdictions
Last year, MHLA supported short-term rental (STR) regulations that passed in Prince George’s County and Baltimore City. Baltimore City began collecting hotel tax on STRs earlier this year, and the full regulations will take effect at the end of this year. Prince George’s County regulations, including hotel tax collection by platforms, began on October 1, 2019. Both jurisdictions will hold platforms accountable for booking legal transactions and limit STR licensing to a primary residence among other host requirements.
Short-term Rental Program Begins in Prince George’s County October 1
Source: WTOP
The application approval process for short-term rentals begins Oct. 1 through the Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement. READ MORE
Baltimore City Short-term Rental Regulations Taking Effect End of this Year
Source: Baltimore Business Journal
Airbnb will face new restrictions and licensing requirements in Baltimore at the end of this year when a highly debated measure passed by the City Council in December 2018 goes into effect. It places a 9.5% hotel tax on guests of short-term rental sites like Airbnb and VRBO. READ MORE
(https://www.bizjournals.com/baltimore/news/2019/09/17/who-is-the-most-frequent-guest-of-baltimore-airbnb.html)
Post-Labor Day School Start Means Millions To MD Economy
Source: Patch
A study on the affect of Maryland schools starting after Labor Day shows it has a $115 million economic impact in the state.READ MORE (https://patch.com/maryland/annapolis/post-labor-day-school-start-means-millions-md-economy-report)
Minimum Wage requirements for Tipped Employees
Thank you to our friends at the Restaurant Association of Maryland for providing the information below:

The minimum tip wage in Montgomery County is $4/hour
https://www.dllr.state.md.us/labor/wages/minimumwagelawmont.pdf
(https://www.dllr.state.md.us/labor/wages/minimumwagelawmont.pdf)The minimum tip wage in all other parts of Maryland is $3.63/hour
(https://www.dllr.state.md.us/labor/wages/minimumwagelawmont.pdf)https://www.dllr.state.md.us/labor/wages/minimumwagelaw.pdf
(https://www.dllr.state.md.us/labor/wages/minimumwagelaw.pdf)https://www.dllr.state.md.us/labor/wages/minimumwagelawpg.pdf
(https://www.dllr.state.md.us/labor/wages/minimumwagelawpg.pdf)
As always, if tipped employees do not make enough in employer-required tip wages plus tips to earn at least the full applicable minimum wage per hour for the workweek, the employer must make up the difference.
(https://www.dllr.state.md.us/labor/wages/minimumwagelawpg.pdf)
A Maryland law firm has been targeting full-service restaurants for failing to notify tipped employees when a tip credit is applied to their wages, as required by law.

If your business is not already in compliance with the tip credit notification requirement, you should immediately do so for all tip credit employees. Sample template Tip Credit Notification documents can be found HERE (http://ramweblink.informz.net/RAMWeblink/data/images/Tip%20Credit%20Employee%20Notification%20Letter.pdf).
MHLA NEWS & EVENTS
Date and location announced for Stars of the Industry
MHLA Stars of the Industry will be held Tuesday, January 9, 2020 at The Hotel at the University of Maryland.

MHLA’s Annual Stars of the Industry Awards Luncheon honors those lodging employees and properties who best symbolize the quality service of the industry. This is an opportunity for Maryland hotels to recognize employees who go the extra mile for their guests, their properties, and their communities!
Click here for information on nominating
(https://mdlodging.org/mhla-stars-industry-awards/)With the event moved up by a month, please note the deadline for nominations is December 5, 2019.
Membership Updates

Congratulations to the newly named General Managers at the following properties: Rickey Earles–Sheraton BWI Airport Hotel
Matt Nelson–Annapolis Waterfront Hotel
Mike Wilson–Sheraton Inner Harbor HotelJason Davis–SpringHill Suites BaltimoreEd Book–Marriott Baltimore Inner Harbor
Welcome to the following new member property:
Kathleen Curtis–Courtyard Baltimore Downtown/McHenry Row
August 2019 STR Report
Smith Travel Research data for Maryland shows occupancy is down slightly, ADR has increased .9%, and RevPAR has increased .4% YTD through August 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/ (https://mdlodging.org/members/?utm_source=Email_marketing&utm_campaign=Wednesday_May_31_2017_-_1&cmp=1&utm_medium=HTMLEmail) and select “Industry Statistics and Research.” (Member log-in required.)

INDUSTRY NEWS & INFORMATION
Inside plans for the Canopy by Hilton hotel coming to Harbor Point
Source: Baltimore Business Journal (subscription required)
The 156-room hotel planned on the top four floors of the 12-story Wills Wharf building is part of a new Hilton brand that envisions each of its properties “as a natural extension of its surrounding neighborhood.” READ MORE (https://www.bizjournals.com/baltimore/news/2019/04/24/inside-plans-for-the-canopy-by-hilton-hotel-coming.html)
The Bethesda Hotel Joins Tapestry Collection
Source: Hotel News Resource
This month, Tapestry Collection by Hilton will welcome The Bethesdan Hotel to its portfolio of hotels as the brand’s first property in Maryland. READ MORE (https://www.hotelnewsresource.com/article106969.html)
Two Hotels Will Open at Towson Row in Early 2021
Source: Baltimore Business Journal
Development of two hotels at Towson Row are expected to soon get underway. The Hilton hotels — a Hampton Inn and Home2 Suites — will have a total of 220 rooms with a shared lobby area. READ MORE (https://www.bizjournals.com/baltimore/news/2019/09/05/two-hotels-will-open-at-towson-row-in-early-2021.html)
Donohoe Hospitality Services Adding Six New Hotels to Its Management
Source: Hotel Online
Donohoe Hospitality Services, a division of Donohoe, has announced the addition of six new hotels to its management portfolio, including a 156-guestroom Canopy by Hilton Harbor Point, Baltimore, MD, opening in the second quarter of 2020.

Johns Hopkins Plotting new Hotel Near Homewood Campus
Source: Baltimore Business Journal
Johns Hopkins University is planning to open a university-branded hotel and conference center across from its Homewood campus by summer 2021. READ MORE

(https://www.bizjournals.com/baltimore/news/2019/10/02/johns-hopkins-plotting-115-room-hotel-near.html?ana=RSS&s=article_search)Commerce Official Commends Local Tourism Promotion
Source: The Garrett County Republican
Deputy Secretary Benjamin Wu, Maryland Department of Commerce, commended local efforts to promote tourism during the recent Garrett county Chamber of Commerce Business Before Hours in McHenry. Wu credited Garrett County’s effectiveness of using its assets and unique qualities because of their ability to attract economic development through tourism. Visitors to Maryland’s scenic rural counties are a big factor in contributing to the state’s tourism revenue.READ MORE

(https://www.wvnews.com/garrettrepublican/news/commerce-official-commends-local-tourism-promotion/article_64bbbdfc-9c5f-5b2e-b411-77243bb3d2c8.html)

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