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R.D. Olson’s Development Fundamentals

R.D. Olson’s Development Fundamentals

LODGING recently sat down with Bob Olson, founder and CEO of R.D. Olson Development, to discuss his company’s bold investments. What is R.D. Olson’s overall growth strategy? First of all, we look for markets that have multiple demand generators and ...

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Need-to-Knows of Negotiating a Franchise Contract

Need-to-Knows of Negotiating a Franchise Contract

From area of protection and new construction fees to capital expenditure mandates, hoteliers have a lot of business issues to consider before signing a franchise agreement. Mitch Miller, principal at Palo Alto, Calif.-based Miller Law Group, offers the following advice ...

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Check Out the Lansdowne Resort and Spa Guestroom

Check Out the Lansdowne Resort and Spa Guestroom

The Lansdowne Resort and Spa, a Destination Hotel in Leesburg, Va., revealed the first phase of its multimillion-dollar renovation in April. The project, which was finished in time to celebrate the resort’s 25th anniversary, involved a complete redesign of all ...

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Checking In with Gerry Lopez

Checking In with Gerry Lopez

With CEO Gerry Lopez at the helm, Extended Stay America (ESA) is poised for growth. The Charlotte, N.C.-based company plans to spend $1.4 billion over the next five years building new hotels and renovating existing ones, and will retire $500 ...

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Check Out the New York Barclay Guestroom

Check Out the New York Barclay Guestroom

After closing its doors for a 20-month, $180 million renovation, the InterContinental New York Barclay hotel made its grand debut in May. Architects Stonehill & Taylor and interior design firm HOK, together with Shawmut Construction, restored the property’s original Federal-style ...

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