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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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Checking in with Mark Elliott

Checking in with Mark Elliott

In the hotel brokerage sector, Mark Elliott, president of firm Hodges Ward Elliott, is kind of a big deal. In the last 22 years, he has personally sold and/or financed more than 1,315 hotels—more than any other individual in the ...

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Why College Markets Make Solid Hotel Investments

Why College Markets Make Solid Hotel Investments

At the University of Mississippi—Ole Miss to those who know her—the start of football season is the biggest event of the year. With a stadium that can accommodate more than 64,000 revelers and a 115-plus-year history, the Ole Miss Rebels ...

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The Business-Boosting Effect of Going Green

The Business-Boosting Effect of Going Green

When one thinks about lawnmowers, certain things come to mind—loud noises, industrial smells, an overall disruption of the peace. And while many hoteliers probably believe that lawn maintenance can only be accomplished with a disruptive piece of heavy machinery, there ...

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Reviewing Upper-Midscale Hotel Performance

Reviewing Upper-Midscale Hotel Performance

The largest chain scale in the United States is made up of hotels in the upper-midscale segment. Comprised of 9,100 hotels with almost 900,000 rooms, upper-midscale properties represent 18 percent of all hotel rooms and 26 percent of all chain-affiliated ...

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Making Design a Multisensory Experience

Making Design a Multisensory Experience

To further enhance customer experience, hotels have begun to incorporate additional technologies into the design of their spaces, striving to trigger a multisensory impact. Guest approval and satisfaction is attainable by blending all five senses into one gratifying experience. Scott ...

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