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Flexible Models Ease Leisure Companies’ Cuban Market Entry

Flexible Models Ease Leisure Companies’ Cuban Market Entry

NEW YORK—Flexible and less capital-intensive business models should facilitate U.S. leisure companies’, including cruise operators, hotels, and online travel agencies (OTAs), Cuban market entry following renewed U.S./Cuba diplomatic relations, according to Fitch Ratings. Several companies are laying the groundwork for ...

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Stonehill Projects Record Year in Transaction Activity

Stonehill Projects Record Year in Transaction Activity

Stonehill Strategic Capital hit a record high in the first quarter, closing approximately $190 million in hotel financing. That follows a strong 2015, in which the Atlanta-based direct lender executed on 23 transactions. With a substantial number of projects already ...

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Global Uncertainty Causes Lag in Business Travel

Global Uncertainty Causes Lag in Business Travel

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—U.S. business travel will continue to grow only moderately in 2016 as global uncertainty looms. This is one of the key findings from the GBTA BTI Outlook—United States 2016 Q1, a report by the GBTA Foundation, the education and ...

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GE to Sell Franchise Finance U.S. Hotel Business

GE to Sell Franchise Finance U.S. Hotel Business

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—GE has reached an agreement to sell GE Capital’s Franchise Finance U.S. hotel business to Western Alliance Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of Western Alliance Bancorporation. The sale includes approximately $1.4 billion in ending net investment (ENI) and the ...

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Fragmented Performance Dampens Spring Hotel Outlook

Fragmented Performance Dampens Spring Hotel Outlook

NEW YORK—While new bookings are up at the start of the spring season, with 17 of the top 25 North American markets showing committed occupancy growth compared to last month, the pace of those bookings is relatively flat. New commitments ...

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