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La Quinta Makes Bold Plans for 2016

La Quinta Makes Bold Plans for 2016

Coming off of a decidedly mixed 2015 that included a 25.6 percent drop in its stock price (year-over-year) and the departure of longtime CEO Wayne Goldberg in September, La Quinta focused on the bright side at its annual conference in ...

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The Rising Cost of Money

The Rising Cost of Money

Troubling events in the global economy—stock market volatility, weak growth in China, and plunging oil prices, among others—coupled with a moderate slowdown in industry growth, have hoteliers more cautious regarding new business opportunities. However, hiccups in the global economy do ...

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Startup Investing Offers More Than Dumb Money

Startup Investing Offers More Than Dumb Money

As managing director of Thayer Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on hospitality technology and backed by one of the Thayer Lodging Group funds, Chris Hemmeter has seen hundreds of startups come and go. He’s laser-focused on staying ahead of ...

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Inside Thayer’s Investment Success

Inside Thayer’s Investment Success

Leland Pillsbury is a man in motion. One day he’s flying his jet to State College, Pennsylvania, to give a lecture on embracing disruption at the Penn State School of Hospitality Management, and the next he’s jumping on the phone ...

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STR’s Amanda Hite on Record-Setting Hotel Performance

STR’s Amanda Hite on Record-Setting Hotel Performance

Numbers don’t lie. Currently, they’re saying hotels are on a major tear, hitting all-time highs in occupancy and RevPAR. As president and COO of research firm STR, Amanda Hite has a front row seat to the industry’s current record-setting performance. ...

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