MHLA September Newsletter



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

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Short-term Rental Legislation
Short-term rental bills in two Maryland jurisdictions are seeing activity this week.

On September 11, 2018, the Prince George’s County Council (meeting as Committee of the Whole) discussed amendments to CB-10-2018 and CB-11-2018.  This legislative package will be taken up again on September 18, 2018, where the amended bills may be brought to a vote.

On September 13, 2018, the Taxation, Finance and Economic Development Committee of the Baltimore City Council will hold a work group to discuss Bill 18-0189.

MHLA is heavily engaged in both jurisdictions.  We continue to advocate for short-term rental operators and platforms to follow some basic rules while restricting the use of these platforms by real estate speculators and unlicensed commercial operators. Platform accountability and tax collection / remittance within the existing framework must also be addressed.

Contact Amy Rohrer, MHLA President & CEO, for more information.

FY 2019 Per Diem Rates
The General Services Administration (GSA) released federal per diem rates for FY 2019 that will go into effect October 1, 2018.  The standard continental United States (CONUS) rate will increase from $93 per night for lodging to a new rate of $94.

Click here for more details specific to Maryland. This information was previously emailed to MHLA members in mid-August.


July 2018 STR Report
Smith Travel Research data for Maryland shows occupancy is down slightly, ADR has decreased .2%, and RevPAR is down 2.3% YTD through July 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 and select “Industry Statistics and Research.” (Member log-in required.)

2018 MHLA Annual Golf Tournament 
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Whiskey Creek Golf Club

THANK YOU to all of our 2018 sponsors, listed here, and special thanks to Ecolab as our Title Sponsor and Live! Casino & Hotel / Live! Lofts as our Presenting Sponsor again this year.  We have seen tremendous support for this event, which helps to increase scholarship funds for Maryland hotel employees.  If you would like to contribute, a limited number of sponsorship opportunities remain and we are also seeking donations for the Lucky Draw and goody bags.

Contact Christine Abe for more information on how you can add your support.

Budgeting Reminder for 2019 MHLA Dues
Members will receive renewal notices based on anniversary dates, and new members may join at any point in the year.  MHLA’s annual dues rate will remain the same in 2019.

Hotel: $9.50 per room (minimum dues $475)
Gold/Silver/Bronze Partner: $5,000 / $3,000 / $1,500
Allied Member: $500

Click here for more information or contact Debbie McCready to inquire about the benefits of membership in MHLA.

Welcome to New General Managers at Member Properties

  • Ed Brogan – Hyatt Regency Bethesda 
  • Tim Chhatwal – Candlewood Suites Aberdeen-Edgewood-Bel Air
  • Adam Novotny – Sheraton Baltimore Washington Airport Hotel
  • David Bowles – Embassy Suites Baltimore at BWI
  • Samie Bazuzi – Embassy Suites Baltimore Inner Harbor
  • Rick Gaede – Crowne Plaza Greenbelt 


Hotel Industry Announces Added Safety Measures for Employees; Builds on Layers of Security Procedures
Building on decades of investments in safety and security and in coordination with security experts, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) and the major hotel brands in membership announced the 5-Star Promise, a pledge to provide hotel employees across the U.S. with employee safety devices (ESDs) and commit to enhanced policies, trainings and resources that together are aimed at enhancing hotel safety, including preventing and responding to sexual harassment and assault. Click here to view the press release and click here to view individual brand commitments. 

Maryland Travel & Tourism Summit
November 14 – 16, 2018
Chesapeake Bay Resort 

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.

Visit Baltimore Professional Development Scholarship and Conference Grant Cycle
The Visit Baltimore Education and Training Foundation is accepting applications from individuals looking to enter or currently working within Baltimore’s meetings and tourism industry. Funds can be utilized by individuals to attain a certification, product knowledge and/or other professional training. Funds are also available to full-time employees of Baltimore’s non-profit tourism community to attend educational conferences and/or workshops. Applications are due September 15! Visit the scholarship page for more information on how to apply. 

September 2018

Thank You to Our Annual Partners!





Delmarva Power



Frictionless Hospitality Solutions

Thank you Allied Members who joined or renewed this month

(Log-in to view complete contact information for all Lodging and Allied Members.)

Ferguson Facilities Supply
Mike Kelly

Leading Edge Wealth Advisors
Spencer Neal

Lipman Frizzell & Mitchell LLC (NEW MEMBER)
Kevin Kagen

Predictive Leadership Solutions (NEW MEMBER)
Edward Robusto

Prince George’s County Economic Development Corp. Workforce Division (NEW MEMBER)
Walter Simmons

Royal Plus, Inc.
Bill Taliaferro

Shawe & Rosenthal LLP
Darryl G. McCallum

Sundek of Washington
Lori Snider

Towne Park
Steve Farrelly



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