MH&LA Update – April 22, 2014

2014 GENERAL ASSEMBLY SESSION RECAP

MH&LA will host a free conference call on April 29 with a recap of the 2014 Maryland General Assembly Session. For more information on the wide range of lodging industry issues that were considered or enacted during the session and to register for the call click here.

MARCH 2014 STR REPORT IS AVAILABLE ON THE MH&LA WEBSITE

To view the report go to mdlodging.org, click on Members – Statistics and Research and look for Maryland Monthly Statistics March 2014. NOTE: This report is provided as an MH&LA member service and requires member log in to access. For assistance with your member log in, contact amy@mdassn.com.

POST LABOR DAY SCHOOL START STUDY TASK FORCE UPDATE

The Task Force is meeting again tomorrow to continue discussions on recommendations for their final report to the Governor and General Assembly Leadership. That report is due by June 30. MH&LA staff continues to work with key stakeholders to secure favorable recommendations in the final report.

REMINDER — GOLF OUTING AND FISHING TOURNAMENT WILL BE IN THE FALL

The date for the Golf Outing and Fishing Tournament has been changed to Monday, October 6, 2014.The location has not changed, it will be at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina in Cambridge. More details will follow in future updates and will be posted on the MH&LA website.

BWI RUNWAY IMPROVEMENTS RECEIVE MORE FUNDING

BWI Airport has received a $15 million federal grant to help bring aging runways into Federal Aviation Administration safety and design standards. The new grant is in addition to an ongoing $350 million runway enhancement project which will help ensure BWI remains a top tier travel airport in the region.

INNER HARBOR IMPROVEMENTS FUNDING UPDATE

The recently approved state capital budget for fiscal year 2015 includes $2 million to help pay for “Inner Harbor 2.0”. Baltimore’s Planning Commission is also recommending $17 million in City funds over the next 5 years to help fund improvements to Rash Field, install promenade bricks and upgrade lighting.

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