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Omni Continues Aggressive Expansion Plans
It was a big week for Omni Hotels & Resorts. The mid-sized, Texas-based chain bought one hotel and reached a deal to develop and operate another.
New Chain Targets Outdoor Enthusiasts
Just when you thought there were no more new segments to exploit in the hospitality industry, one bubbles to the surface.
Hilton Reborn
Chris Nassetta respects and revels in the 91-year history of Hilton Worldwide and its place as a global hotel brand icon. That said, the nearly three
Even As the Oil Spill Spreads, Gulf Coast Hotel Owners Remain Upbeat
Despite the dire headlines and the arrival of oil on their pristine beaches, hoteliers along the Gulf Coast don’t seem terribly worried about the short- and long-term effects of the oil spill catastrophe on their business or the value of their assets.
NYU Wrap: The Paradox of Stronger Hotel Business
New York University International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference: Why hasn’t the long-predicted torrent of hotel transactions begun yet?
Conflicting Themes at NYU Conference
Schizophrenia reigns at the New York University International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference held this week at the Marriott Marquis in New York City.
Q&A: Luxury Hotel Segment Poised for Comeback, Says Laurence Geller
Who knew Laurence Geller was a geek? The suave, British-born but all-American luxury hotel magnate has a soft spot for industrial engineering.
Hotel Industry Stops Bleeding
Jan Freitag, vice president of Henderson, Tenn.-based Smith Travel Research, did his best to put a good spin on the state of the hotel industry in his presentation yesterday at the Hunter Hotel Conference in Atlanta.
Analysis: Why Blackstone’s Troubles Won’t Bruise Hilton’s Brand
In no other segment of the commercial real estate industry is branding as important as it is in the hotel sector
Chicago’s O’Hare Airport is Ground Zero for Hotel Distress
Suburban Chicago — and the O’Hare Airport area in particular — may be the most distressed lodging market in the nation.
Concord Hospitality Launches Equity Fund
One man’s crisis is another’s opportunity. And in this economic environment, those companies with spotless operating records and clean balance sheets are best able to take advantage of the situation.
Financial Turmoil Continues to Haunt Hotel Industry
The hotel investment world was rocked last month with a high-profile Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing of two hotels operated by Illinois-based Harp Group.
Will Hotel Values Rise Next Year?
Not surprisingly, a panel of hotel valuation experts at the Midwest Lodging Investors Summit was unable to definitively answer the question embedded in the session’s title: What Is Your Hotel Worth Today?
Commentary: Extended Stay Bankruptcy Is An Exercise In Stupidity
Yesterday’s bankruptcy filing by Extended Stay Hotels came as no surprise to me and probably to a lot of other people in the industry.
Hotels Copes With Flu Fallout
It’s a tough time to be a hotelier in Mexico. First, drug-related violence put a crimp in spring-break business.
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