Montgomery County Passes Short-Term Rental Regulations
On Tuesday, October 10, the Montgomery County Council passed legislation to license and regulate short-term rentals (STRs) like Airbnb and VRBO. MHLA has been working hard to level the playing field between hotels and short-term rentals, and this legislation is a great win for the association and the lodging industry in Maryland.
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Bill 28-17: Montgomery County Minimum Wage Updates
On Tuesday, September 26, the Montgomery County Council held a hearing on whether to raise the minimum wage to $15 over a period of years. MHLA submitted testimony in opposition to this bill, which is the second attempt by Councilmember Mark Elrich and others to successfully pass a minimum wage increase into law after County Executive Ike Leggett vetoed the bill to do so last January.
The latest version of the bill would incrementally raise the current minimum wage of $11.50 to $15 per hour by 2020 for businesses with more than 25 employees and by 2022 for employees with 25 or fewer employees, as well as nonprofits and home health care providers.
More information on the hearing and Bill 28-17:
Public Hearing Packet 9/26/17
Advocates Continue to Push for $15 Minimum Wage in Montgomery County
Council Weighs In On Minimum Wage Increase
Maryland Division of Labor and Industry – Fall Workshops
The Division of Labor and Industry (DLI) implemented an outreach program to keep business owners, employees and the general public updated on important information relating to wage and hour, worker classification, prevailing wage and occupational safety and health laws and regulations. Below, please find the dates for the October and November Workshops.
MHLA NEWS & UPDATES
Member Benefit – Complimentary Wage & Benefits Data
MHLA has partnered with LobbyLights to provide COMPLIMENTARY access to wage and benefits data for all members who participate in the LobbyLights survey.
Email Debbie McCready with questions or to participate in the survey.
August 2017 STR Report
Smith Travel Research data for Maryland shows occupancy is up slightly, ADR has increased 2.25%, and RevPAR is up 1.73% YTD through August 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 https://mdlodging.org/members/ and select “Industry Statistics and Research.” (Member log-in required.)
2017 MHLA Annual Golf Tournament
The 2017 MHLA Golf Outing was our most successful to date! We are proud to announce this year’s donation totaling $7,500 to Maryland Tourism Education Foundation (MTEF), which puts us at a total of $15,000 in scholarship contributions over the last three years.
Click here to view the full 2017 MHLA Annual Golf Tournament Announcement
Click here to view photos from the event
Welcome New Hotel Members and New GMs at Member Hotels
New Hotel Members
The Oaks – Abraham Mueller
Joel Bunde – Hyatt Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa & Marina
INDUSTRY NEWS & INFORMATION
New boutique hotel coming to Mount Vernon
Source: The Baltimore Sun
The former Peabody Court hotel in Mount Vernon is being remade as a boutique hotel. The 107-room Revival at Mount Vernon Place will open early next year at 101 W. Monument St. In addition to its guestrooms, the hotel features several public amenities, including two restaurants. The building will also feature a rooftop garden and three karaoke rooms that can be reserved for private events. READ MORE
Rocky Gap generates $4.7 million in September
Source: Cumberland Times-News
Rocky Gay Casino Resort generated $4.7 million from its slot machines and table games in September, a 6.1 percent increase when compared to the same month last year, according to numbers released by the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency. Combined, the state’s six casinos made nearly $135 million for the month, an increase of $37.4 million compared to September 2016. READ MORE
Maryland Travel & Tourism Summit
November 8 -10, 2017
The Hotel at UMD
The Maryland Travel & Tourism Summit (MTTS) is Maryland’s annual tourism industry conference that brings together all sectors of the hospitality industry where business and public sector leaders convene, network and learn new strategies to advance MD’s Tourism industry. The summit attracts more than 250 attendees who engage with a variety of keynote speakers on industry trends, legislative representatives during a tourism town hall, participate in interactive learning sessions including off-site educational tours of the destination.
Click here for more information and to register