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Hotel Lawyer from Meet the Money® – News from the 2015 Lodging Industry Investment Council (LIIC) Annual Survey: “Carpe Diem”

05 May 2015

The 2015 LIIC Top Ten: Hotel Investors Bask in Rare & Glorious Sunshine

Each year at Meet the Money® – the national hotel finance and investment conference, Mike Cahill announces the “LIIC Top Ten” – a profile of investment sentiment and attitudes for the hotel industry that is gathered through an annual survey of the Lodging Industry Investment Council (LIIC). LIIC is the hotel industry think tank whose members own or operate billions of dollars of hotel investments and involves all aspects of the industry. In fact, 60% of LIIC hotel owners successfully purchased a hotel in the last 12 months, and 47% currently have additional acquisitions under a purchase and sale contract.

Along with Mike Cahill of Hospitality Real Estate Advisors (HREC) and Sean Hennessey of Lodging Investment Advisors, I am pleased to be one of the co-chairs of LIIC. I am grateful to Mike Cahill for analyzing the survey results which result in the annual LIIC Top Ten.

Mike reported that the 2015 survey resulted in the most positive outlook of the hotel industry for the foreseeable future, since the LIIC surveys began!  Yes, there are concerns – the interest rate environment, the strength of the dollar, new supply among others – but for now, expectations are being met or exceeded, and LIIC members expect more of the same in the near future.

Appropriately titled, “Carpe Diem: Hotel Investors Bask in Rare & Glorious Sunshine,” you can click here to see Mike’s presentation. You will find it interesting.

For more information about LIIC, see

Contact LIIC’s Co-Chairmen at:

  • Jim Butler, Chairman, JMBM Global Hospitality Group®-
  • Mike Cahill, CEO & Founder, HREC –
  • Sean Hennessey, CEO, Lodging Investment Advisors –

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