REITS

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....

Comparing Urban, Suburban and Interstate Hotel Markets 

At last week’s Midwest Lodging Investors Summit in Chicago, three panels explored the opportunities and challenges ahead in urban, suburban and interstate hotel markets. All three markets are showing signs of recovery, but not in the exact same way. Each still faces challenges. Here’s a breakdown of the statistics and discussion from MLIS:...

Patience Is Key to Hotel Financing 

Don’t try to tell hotel entrepreneurs to be patient. But that’s exactly what they need to be in order to find financing for lodging deals, said multiple members of a panel at this week’s New York University International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference at the Marriott Marquis in New York....

Hotel Transactions Set to Surge 

Through the first five months of the year, the pace of hotel transactions has been steady and strong, but not spectacular. That could soon be about to change, according to many lodging leaders at the NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference....

Another Optimistic Outlook for the Hotel Business 

While the pace of the hotel industry’s rebound may at times seem to be excruciatingly slow, it is very real, particularly if you look street corner by street corner. “I think we were all hoping for a quick rebound, but ...

Top Hotel Owners Survey 

The June 2012 issue of Lodging Hospitality will include our Top Hotel Owners Survey. Please take a few moments to complete this short questionnaire....

Denihan’s New President Aims to Double Portfolio 

As the new president of 50-year-old Denihan Hospitality Group, David Duncan is the first non-family member in such a top leadership position. He joined the company as CFO in 2003 and has grown into the newly created position. There, he reports to Denihan co-CEOs and owners, Brooke Denihan Barrett and Patrick Denihan. ...

Great Opportunity Exists for Non-Institutional Buyers 

While REITs and many private equity buyers remain quiet, opportunities exist for other investors to take advantage of a lodging market ripe with promise....

Capital Markets Key to Hotel Real Estate Rebound 

Unlike the operating side of the hotel industry, the real estate recovery hasn’t been as clearly defined. Transaction volumes rose again in 2011, values have grown faster than anyone expected and overall industry sentiment appears positive starting the new year, yet the forecast for 2012 remains partly cloudy. ...

LaSalle Hotel Properties Acquires Park Central Hotel for $396.2M 

LaSalle Hotel Properties has acquired the Park Central Hotel in New York City for $396.2 million. Located in Midtown Manhattan on Seventh Avenue between West 55th and 56th Streets, the full-service hotel features 934 rooms....

Marriott Retirement Heads List of Top Hotel Stories 

Despite the relatively light volume of news this year, 2011 has produced a number of major stories. Yesterday we looked at the 10th through the sixth biggest stories of the year, and today we feature the five biggest....

Hotel Foreclosures an Oncoming ‘Train Wreck’ 

Steve Van hates being the pessimist, but he can’t help it. The CEO of Prism Hotels & Resorts says comparing the last two years of hotel distress to what’s coming is like comparing “a car wreck and a train wreck.” ...

Lodging Conference Recap: Is It Boom or Bust Ahead For Hotels? 

Judging by the attitudes on display at The Lodging Conference last week in Phoenix, many people in the hotel industry are both wildly optimistic and scared to death at the same time. Every presentation or speaker rant seemed like a prolonged version of good news/bad news: The hotel industry is humming along with a long string of monthly improvements in operating performance (STR reported a healthy 7.2% hike in RevPAR in August, for example), yet most speakers expressed at least some concern ...

A Different Kind of Distress for Public Lodging REITs 

In recent months, publicly traded lodging REITs have taken it on the chin as tumbling stock prices have robbed the companies of the ability to effectively compete for hotel acquisitions, a marketplace the sector dominated in the past couple of years. The Dow Jones U.S. Hotel & Lodging REIT Index has fallen nearly 40% since early July, despite stellar earnings reports by nearly all the 16 REITs covered in the index....

Why Chatham Lodging Trust Regained Innkeepers Portfolio Out of Bankruptcy 

While most hotel REITs chase full-service and luxury hotels in major markets, Chatham Lodging Trust continues to focus on what it knows best: extended-stay and select-service hotels. And the REIT’s latest acquisition is one that Jeffrey Fisher, chairman and CEO of Chatham, is intimately familiar with....

NYU Conference Goers Look for the Bright Side 

If the mood at last week’s New York University International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference was any indication, the hotel industry is ready to believe full recovery is here, or at least very close. ...

MLIS Offers Mid-Year Look at Lodging 

As the hotel industry continues to rebound, owners, operators and developers are looking for the next growth opportunities. One place they can find it is at next month’s fourth annual Midwest Lodging Investors Summit, which will be held July 17-19 at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago....

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