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Ashford on a Mission to Boost Shareholder Value

Ashford on a Mission to Boost Shareholder Value

Keeping investors happy isn’t easy. But Monty Bennett, CEO of Ashford, a publicly traded hospitality and real estate asset management firm, has come to learn what they want. “Investors love specificity,” Bennett says. “They love a focused place.” To get ...

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Hospitality Trends Investors Need to Track in 2016

Hospitality Trends Investors Need to Track in 2016

Despite choppy growth, the current business cycle has lasted longer than average, surpassing 78 months. In 2014 and 2015, the economic growth rate was about 2.4 percent, and it’s expected to fall within the 2 to 2.5 percent range this ...

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Luxury Segment Remains Among Healthiest in Industry

Luxury Segment Remains Among Healthiest in Industry

All is well in the U.S. luxury hotel segment. For the first 11 months of 2015, chain affiliated luxury hotels sold over 27 million room nights, resulting in 76.3 percent occupancy. This is the highest year-to-date occupancy ever recorded, pointing ...

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New Initiatives Come Out of Another Taxing Year

New Initiatives Come Out of Another Taxing Year

As we enter 2016, we look back to 2015 as a year filled with a whirlwind of activity related to tangible property capitalization policies in the hospitality industry. Financial executives and tax accountants alike wrestled with unfamiliar terms such as ...

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Check Out the Courtyard San Francisco Union Square

Check Out the Courtyard San Francisco Union Square

With its casual-luxury vibe and Art Deco styling, the Courtyard San Francisco Union Square is not your prototypical Courtyard. The historic hotel was originally constructed in 1929 and most recently operated as a 150-room student housing facility. RLJ Lodging Trust ...

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Building Piece by Piece with Modular Construction

Building Piece by Piece with Modular Construction

New-construction hotel projects always come with similar hazards. Schedule delays, rising labor costs, market risk, and quality control issues can all have a profound impact on a new-build property. With today’s booming lodging marketplace—according to the 2015 STR Pipeline Report, ...

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