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Brace Yourself For Hotel Merger Mania
Blackstone, the serial hotel company acquirer, fired the first shot in this latest round of merger fever with yesterday’s announcement that it will purchase Motel 6.
Trump Shares Secrets of Hotel Development at ALIS
At this week’s Americas Lodging Investors Summit, America’s most-famous businessman gave a bombastic and ego-driven, but passionate speech on virtues of hotel development and ownership.
ALIS Update: A Cloud Over Hotel Transactions
Hotel transactions may pick up this year, but debt financing is still scarce.
What’s Ahead For Hotels in 2012
Lodging Hospitality Editor-in-Chief Ed Watkins looks at the year ahead for the hotel sector.
Financing Is Still a Challenge for Timeshare Industry
It remains difficult to finance construction of timeshares.
O'Hare Hotel Market Sees Signs of Life Amid Pockets of Distress
Operating performance is up and there’s hope for the future, but some hotels in Chicago’s O’Hare Airport market still struggle with lingering financial problems.
The Evolution in Hotel Technology
When I first started writing about the hotel industry, technology was a subject that hardly ever came up. In fact, most hotel GMs were probably either afraid technology would replace personal service or perhaps replace them. And the initial forays into ...
Fair Franchising Remains Number-One Issue for Asian-American Hoteliers
While the Asian American Hotel Owners Association seeks to stay relevant by tackling a broad range of industry issues, the group’s agenda remains squarely focused on one supreme topic: fair franchising. That was evident last week in Las Vegas as the ...
Back To Its Roots: Vantage Debuts 1000th Hotel at AAHOA Conference
The AAHOA annual convention has been good for Vantage Hospitality.
Despite Tepid Economic Data, Hotel Investment Executives Remain Bullish
In an era of nonstop 24-hour news, even the slightest discouraging word can put a damper on the mood of an industry. Thus, nearly 2,000 executives gathered last week in New York for the New York University International Hospitality Industry Investment ...
NYU Conference Goers Look for the Bright Side
If the mood at this week’s New York University International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference is any indication, the hotel industry is ready to believe full recovery is here, or at least very close.
Hotel Leader Tisch Calls for Infrastructure Overhaul
NEW YORK — Loews Hotels CEO Jonathan Tisch called on the hotel and tourism industry to tackle what he calls one of the next defining challenges
A Global Hotel Focus at NYU Conference
The NYU International Investment Conference is finally living up to its name as an international meeting.
Leisurely Travel? Who Are We Kidding
Loews Hotels CEO Jonathan Tisch says it's time for the hotel and tourism industry to repair and restore the nation's crumbling transportation infrastructure.
All Signs Point Up for Lodging
Both sides of the lodging industry retail and real estate are heating up. U.S. hotel demand continues to climb and rates are slowly rising, leading to
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