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2013 Lodging Outlook: Developing Confidence 

Mitch Patel is betting big on 2013. His Chattanooga, TN-based Vision Hospitality Group has eight hotels currently under construction that should open this year, increasing his portfolio of 17 hotels by almost half. Patel isn’t alone in his confidence....

Secondary Debt Market Still a Concern 

I was asked to speak at a hotel investors’ conference a couple of weeks ago as part of a four-person panel. We were asked where the hotel transaction market is today and what we see ahead. The first gentleman...

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....

Boutique Business Goes From Burgeoning to Booming 

What Ian Schrager and Bill Kimpton started almost 30 years ago on opposite ends of the country in gateway cities like San Francisco and New York has now met in the middle. Independent boutique hotels can work — and thrive — in cities like Milwaukee, and developers at the fourth annual Lifestyle/Boutique Hotel Development Conference in Miami last month talked about potential projects in faraway places like Montana, Kentucky and Tennessee....

Value Place Prepares For a Growth Spurt 

When you work for Jack DeBoer, you’d better be ready to move quickly and decisively. Dan Weber and Kyle Rogg learned that nearly immediately after joining Value Place about a year ago as CEO and COO. They got their first taste of DeBoer’s drive and ambition about two weeks after their arrival at Value Place headquarters in Wichita....

Private Equity Has $45 Billion War Chest For Hotel Deals 

Private equity investors will be lead the way in hotel dealmaking in 2013 and beyond. According to real estate advisory and research firm Jones Lang LaSalle, private equity firms have a combined $45 billion in purchasing power they could unleash to acquire lodging properties. Their likely targets, says JLL, will be investments that carry value-add opportunities, while REITs, expected to be the second most active class of hotel buyers, look for high-quality branded assets in strong urban markets....

San Francisco, New York, Oahu Rated Tops For Lodging Market Potential 

San Francisco, New York City and Oahu top the latest Lodging Market Potential Index, a ranking of the 25 largest lodging markets in the U.S. by long-term potential for hotel investments. The three cities maintained their ranking from the last publication of the L-MPI. However, in analyzing the three cities, the drivers of their ranking differed slightly based on the dimensions and related indicators of performance...

Sluggish ADRs Dampen Caribbean Investment Climate 

Tourism is booming in the Caribbean, but that success has created challenges and opportunities on the investment side of the business. While hotel demand, occupancies and RevPAR are up, average rates are lagging, producing a less-than-robust financing climate. At this week’s HVS Caribbean Hotel Investment Conference & Operations Summit in ...

Aparium Hotel Group Plans Boutique in Kentucky 

The long awaited next project from Iron Horse developer Tim Dixon has been announced. Newly created Aparium Hotel Group, in partnership with local investment company the Salyers Group and the City of Covington, will develop and then manage The Hotel Covington in Northern Kentucky, just outside Cincinnati, in a century old building reminiscent of the Milwaukee hotel. ...

Be Strong If You Want to Finance a Boutique Hotel 

In the final analysis, finding financing for a transaction involving a boutique or lifestyle hotel isn’t much different than for a more traditional branded property. Most speakers on the topic at last week’s Lifestyle/Boutique Hotel Development Conference in Miami agreed it’s all a matter of strength: a strong story, strong sponsorship and management and, perhaps above all, strong cash flow....

Booming Boutique Business Meets in Miami Beach 

It’s no surprise to anyone that the boutique and lifestyle segments of the hotel industry are doing well. And based on strong operating performance in the sector, interest in the product has gained a lot of ground in recent years from developers, operators, lenders and even traditional brand companies. And nowhere is that trend more evident than in Miami, and in its Miami Beach submarket, one of two epicenters (Manhattan is the other) of the boutique and lifestyle hotel industry....

Hotel Deals Start Flowing 

The hotel transactions market is in a state of transition, which is better than the paralysis it’s endured for the past couple of years. Apparently, the number of deals getting done is on the rise, but there’s still more capital chasing deals than there are suitable assets for sale....

La Quinta Looks to Sell 46 Properties 

La Quinta Inns & Suites will soon bring to market 46 of its corporate-owned assets that no longer meet brand criteria, said Wayne Goldberg, president and CEO, Wednesday at The Lodging Conference. By removing its “bottom performers,” Goldberg said La Quinta will ...

A Valuable Tool for Hotel Valuation 

Anyone who operates, owns, finances or invests in hotels knows how important it is to understand the supply and demand dynamics of their local market. In addition, hoteliers need to periodically forecast their hotels’ financial operating results into the future. Lastly, determining the value of their hotel every so often provides an important benchmark of success (or failure)....

South Florida Hotel Market Heats Up 

Miami, Miami Beach and all of south Florida may be the hottest hotel market in the U.S. Fueled by droves of international visitors, Miami’s growing reputation as a cultural, sports and entertainment hub and massive investments in infrastructure, the region’s hotel industry has outperformed the rest of the country. And, in turn, investor interest in the region has never been higher....

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