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Despite Good Times, Industry Concerns Loom

Despite Good Times, Industry Concerns Loom

Bob Hunter set the tone the moment he stepped on stage to kick off the Hunter Hotel Investment Conference in Atlanta yesterday. “Now is a great time to buy, sell, or renovate,” he said. “Pull the trigger. Lenders are active ...

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The Developing Story: Pittsburgh

The Developing Story: Pittsburgh

Behind the steel curtain lies a hotel development scene set to explode this year. Here’s a quick guide to the many factors driving this growth. The City of Bridges is about to go through a bit of a growth spurt ...

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Cheap Oil’s Impact on Energy Market Hotels

Cheap Oil’s Impact on Energy Market Hotels

After dropping precipitously last year, oil prices have settled into a new normal the past few months with crude staying cheap due to a global supply glut. Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President Richard Fisher said in a television interview ...

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How Hospitality Scholarships Pay Off

How Hospitality Scholarships Pay Off

Ron Vlasic, regional VP of hotels for Kimpton and former AH&LA chair, stepped into a new role this year as chairman of the Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association Educational Foundation (IHLAEF) with a mission. “I’m trying to create more named ...

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