News for the Hospitality Executive
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By Jim Butler and the Global Hospitality Group®,
Author of www.HotelLawBlog.com
January 28, 2011
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Hotel Lawyer with the pulse of the hotel industry from the ALIS conference in San Diego
After spending the past few days in San Diego at the Americas Lodging Industry Summit or ALIS conference, the hotel lawyers from JMBM's Global Hospitality Group® have a pretty good sense of the "pulse" of the industry. Although attendance at the conference was down significantly from last year, as cost-cutting continues, the mood was decidedly more optimistic, and lots of people were actively working on deals or projects.
We thought the mood reflected a sense of "Great Expectations" - a relatively optimistic sense that the worst is clearly behind us, and that things will only get better from here, however slowly. Debt capital has reemerged for existing projects with established cash flows, and a decent project may get quite a few competitive bids. Property transactions are also happening across the spectrum. Foreign investment, particularly from China is fueling some of the acquisition activity. The REITs and equity buyers are also very active.
Snippets from the Lodging Industry Investment Council (LIIC). At the end of this article, are 3 links to prior musings on the "Great Expectations" theme that may be interesting to review, but here are some of the latest snippets taken from the ALIS conference. Most of these are from members of the Lodging Industry Investment Council or LIIC, a highly regarded industry think tank representing a cross-section of the hotel industry. I'm privileged to be one of the three co-chairman of this prestigious group along with Mike Cahill, CEO and Founder of Hospitality Real Estate Counselors, Inc., and Sean Hennessey, President of Lodging Investment Advisors LLC.
The LIIC meeting was hosted by Hotel Management (the new name for Hotel and Motel Management), and the Roundtable will be reported in that magazine in the near future.
Other anticipations of Great Expectation!
Many of the currents above have been reflected in prior interviews and articles on the Hotel Law Blog, such as the following:
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