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Hotel industry update! The worst may be behind us but whither the future? Industry stats and insights from HVS, PKF, Smith Travel and CBRE

06 May 2010

Hotel Lawyer with industry leader presentations from JMBM’s 20th annual hotel conference — Meet the Money® 2010.

If you missed Meet the Money® this year, you missed one of the most timely, informative and exciting industry conferences. But you can still benefit from the wealth of information that was shared by industry experts, as we will make much of it available to you here, on the Hotel Law Blog.

So here is a start on what happened . . .

The consensus among conference participants is that the worst is behind us. Transactions and financing are beginning to happen, but . . . there are plenty of speed bumps in the road ahead. The future is anything but smooth or certain: increasing loan defaults, recapitalization of banks so they can finally deal with troubled loans, other shoes to drop. Recovery scenarios are haunted by the spectre of terrorism, pandemics, sovereign financial collapse, bubbles in Asia, and consumer debt at close to 100% of GDP.

Yes. Sometime in the last 30-90 days, we clearly reached some kind of a turning point . . . Things are not getting worse as fast as they were, but a long recovery will not bring relief fast enough for many.

Where are we now and where are we going? Take a look at the industry trends shown in the latest presentations given by some of the industry leaders at Meet the Money® 2010.

State of the Hotel Industry from the Industry Leaders

Here are the PowerPoint presentations from four of the industry leaders given earlier this week at Meet the Money® 2010.

Suzanne Mellen, HVS: Hotel values and cap rates.

Mark Woodworth, PKF Consulting: What better time?

Greg Hartmann, STR Analytics: Light at the end of the tunnel?

Dan Lesser, CBRE: Spring training is over and it’s time to play ball!

This is Jim Butler, author of and hotel lawyer, signing off. We’ve done more than $60 billion of hotel transactions and have developed innovative solutions to unlock value from troubled hotel transactions. Who’s your hotel lawyer?

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