An Anne Arundel County hotel is laying off employees and a defense-contracting operation in Southern Maryland will follow suit by the end of the year, Maryland regulators said Monday.

Interstate Hotels & Resorts began laying off its 52 employees at the Comfort Inn on Baltimore Annapolis Blvd. in the Linthicum area last week and will continue through the end of the year as it temporarily shuts down the hotel and its restaurant for major renovations.

DynCorp International, a federal contractor based in Northern Virginia, warned Maryland officials that it would lay off 74 employees in Lexington Park. A contract with the Naval Air Station Patuxent River lapses at the end of December, the company told the state.

DynCorp declined to comment.

Interstate Hotels & Resorts, the management company for the Comfort Inn, said it hoped to reopen the location in 6 to 12 months and to rehire the laid-off employees. The hotel is north of Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and a few minutes from the city.

"It's a great market, great associates. We've just got to fix it," said Walter Conner, the company's vice president of operations. "It needs a total update, it really does, so it can be competitive in the market."

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