New projects, strategies and trends in hotel development. A look at the different facets of development from financing, franchising, management, real estate and REITs in relation to the lodging industry.


Strategies, trends and news in the financing of new hotel and resort development, acquisitions and renovations. How to obtain debt and equity for the financing of projects in the lodging industry.

Risky Times Create Opportunities

The most profound message at the recent Midwest Lodging Investors Summit came from the first speaker, the inimitable Laurence Geller. Geller, who heads Strategic Hotels & Resorts and was the keynoter speaker at the first MLIS in 2008, warned the crowd of hotel owners and operators to expect volatility as the new normal in the hotel industry....


A look at the many different brands and resort and hotel branding companies that offer membership, franchising and collection opportunities in the lodging industry, including their fees and costs, marketing programs, management opportunities, brand standards and development and conversion opportunities.

Franchise Community Begs for Positive Government Action

If—and it’s a big if—Congress avoids pushing the economy over the fiscal cliff, franchised businesses, including hotels, will continue to grow next year, although at a slightly slower pace than in 2012. The franchised sector of the economy would do even better if Washington provides real leadership on the multiple challenges facing the economy, say leaders of the International Franchise Association....

Vantage Continues to Grow, Looks to India

“Just Imagine,” the theme for the first convention of what is now Vantage Hospitality, turned out to be perfect foreshadowing of what the future would hold for the then-fledgling hotel brand company. In the 13 years since that first meeting, the group has achieved unprecedented growth as well as respect for its common-sense approach to lodging affiliation. ...

Cobblestone Growing Into Full-Fledged Brand

When the first Cobblestone Inn & Suites opened in Clintonville, WI five years ago, it wasn’t meant to be a brand, just look like one. “We started Cobblestone for us,” says developer Brian Wogernese, Cobblestone’s president and ...


Strategies, trends and news about third-party management companies and owner/operators. A look at the costs, approaches and contracts for hotel and resort managers in the lodging industry.

Top Owners & Operators

Here is a list of ownership and development companies and third-party management companies who focus on the lodging industry....

Sabatier Settling in as Destination President

Jamie Sabatier left the branded world and became the president and chief operating officer of Destination Hotels & Resorts in April, and he hasn’t looked back. The 14-year Starwood Hotels & Resorts executive is now running one of the largest hotel management companies....

Real Estate

Strategies, trends and news into the lodging segment of commercial real estate. How to buy and sell hotel and resort real estate and a look at the transaction market, including the valuation process.


Real Estate Investment Trusts make up a major part of all lodging industry transactional activity. Strategies, trends and news about REITs as they continue to raise debt and equity capital with a focus on lodging investments.

The Hotel Industry’s Future Is In Your Hands

If you ask 10 hoteliers what kind of year 2012 has been for them, you’ll likely get seven or eight different answers. For most lodging owners and operators, it was either a good year, a so-so one, or one of uncertainty. Even when business improved, as it did for many hotels in most segments and markets, the question of what’s around the corner made it difficult to make hard decisions...

Top Owners & Operators

Here is a list of ownership and development companies and third-party management companies who focus on the lodging industry....


A look at the timeshare and vacation ownership segments of the lodging industry, including their branding partnerships, marketing programs, membership and points programs and management , and development approaches and opportunities.
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