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Total U.S. Hotel Investment Tops $30 Billion

Total U.S. Hotel Investment Tops $30 Billion

In 2014, total investment in the U.S. lodging industry was an estimated $30.8 billion, reports Lodging Econometrics. Of the 1,292 hotels that were transacted, 935 reported a selling price into the public domain. The average selling price per room for ...

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8 Habits of Effective Hotel Investors

8 Habits of Effective Hotel Investors

As investment strategies go, food trucks and graffiti are about as outside the box as you can get, yet these are both part of Jon Bortz’s immediate plans. Innovative property upgrades are integral to his approach in generating outsized returns ...

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New Bank Regulations Could Dampen Hotel Lending

New Bank Regulations Could Dampen Hotel Lending

On Jan. 1, U.S. banks are required to adopt new underwriting criteria based on Basel-3 guidelines, which will sharply increase the capital banks must hold in reserve against “acquisition, development, or construction” loans above 80 percent loan-to-value (LTV) and where ...

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Hoteliers Continue to be Sharp with Budgeting Accuracy

Hoteliers Continue to be Sharp with Budgeting Accuracy

It’s time to throw away the Ouija boards. Apparently, predicting the performance of U.S. hotels has become easy for managers. For the third consecutive year, management’s projections of revenues, expenses, and profits contained in their budgets have been extremely accurate. ...

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Assessing the True Cost of Franchise Fees

Assessing the True Cost of Franchise Fees

The series of fees that hotel companies charge their franchisees covers a variety of services provided by the franchisor. PKF Hospitality Research’s annual Trends in the Hotel Industry survey discretely captures four of these fees—advertising and marketing, reservations, royalty, and loyalty ...

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