MH&LA Update – April 8, 2014

2014 GENERAL ASSEMBLY SESSION HAS ADJOURNED The Session ended at midnight last night -- the last day of the 90 day Session. As always, up until the end of the Session, MH&LA was monitoring and advocating on a wide range of lodging industry issues. A "report card" on MH&LA's advocacy efforts on these issues will be posted soon on the MH&LA website. REMINDER -- NEW DATE FOR THE GOLF OUTING AND FISHING TOURNAMENT MH&LA's annual Golf Outing and Fishing Tournament is moving to the fall. The event will be on Monday, October 6, 2014 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. OCEAN CITY ON LIST OF BEST PLACES FOR KIDS Users of the travel planning site Gogobot have ranked Ocean City's boardwalk as one of the top 15 best attractions in the country for kids. The ranking was based on Gogobot user recommendations and the number of visits from the site's 3.7 million users. PLEASE UPDATE YOUR RECORDS FOR ALL MAIL BEING SENT TO MH&LA The forwarding order for mail sent to MH&LA's former office location has expired. Please update your records (if you have not done so already) so that all mail for MH&LA is sent to MH&LA, 839 Bestgate Road, Suite 400, Annapolis MD 21401. Thank you. STATE TOURISM TAX CODES ARE UP State revenue from tourism tax codes grew 1% during the first six months of the current fiscal year. The addition of table games at state casinos led to a 53.2% increase in gaming revenue, Amtrak ridership was up 6% and the number of travelers using BWI Airport was up 4%. HOTEL HOST NEEDED FOR 2015 STARS OF THE INDUSTRY AWARDS EVENT A Request For Proposals (RFP) for MH&LA lodging members interested in hosting the 2015 Stars of the Industry Awards Program and Allied Member Trade Show is now available. For a copy of the RFP or if you need more information on hosting this signature event, contact Amy Rohrer at amy@mdassn.com.

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