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Hospitality Lawyer on the Hotel of Tomorrow

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18 May 2008
Hospitality Lawyer on innovations in the conceptualization and design of hotels. Meet the Money® — the annual hotel conference presented by JMBM’s hospitality attorneys and their Global Hospitality Group — recently concluded its 18th annual hotel finance convocation. About 400 industry leaders gathered in Las Vegas to hear from hotel industry experts what is happening in our industry, and what is going to happen.

There were great presentations on recent industry data (Smith Travel Research and PKF Consulting), likely scenarios and sentiment for our near future (CBRE and LIIC), an analysis of major hotel transactions (HVS) and trends in hotel cap rates and values (Mellen), and much more as reported earlier here on But in terms of the future, one of the most interesting presentations was the Hotel of Tomorrow or H.O.T. presented by Ron Swidler, President of Bon Aller, LLC ( or (612) 284-4747).

The Hotel of Tomorrow (H.O.T)

The Hotel of Tomorrow (H.O.T) Project is a project Ron Swidler has been working on for a number of years with a Who’s Who of American industry sponsoring and supporting the effort. It is groundbreaking initiative by a think-tank that seeks to conceptualize the future of the hospitality industry and foster the spirit of innovation through collaboration.

Here is Ron Swidler’s striking presentation. It is much better when you see and hear Ron in person, but that is why we gave you his contact information, and you can be on the lookout for him at the next hotel industry conference.

This is Jim Butler, author of and hotel lawyer, signing off. We’ve done more than $87 billion of hotel transactions and more than 100 hotel mixed-used deals in the last 5 years alone. Who’s your hotel lawyer?

Our Perspective. We represent developers, owners and lenders. We have helped our clients as business and legal advisors on more than $125 billion of hotel transactions, involving more than 4,700 properties all over the world. For more information, please contact Jim Butler at or 310.201.3526.

Jim Butler is one of the top hospitality attorneys in the world. GOOGLE “hotel lawyer” or “hotel mixed-use” or “condo hotel lawyer” and you will see why.

Jim devotes 100% of his practice to hospitality, representing hotel owners, developers and lenders. Jim leads JMBM’s Global Hospitality Group® — a team of 50 seasoned professionals with more than $87 billion of hotel transactional experience, involving more than 3,900 properties located around the globe. In the last 5 years alone, Jim and his team have assisted clients with more than 100 hotel mixed-use projects — frequently integrated with energizing lifestyle elements.

Jim and his team are more than “just” great hotel lawyers. They are also hospitality consultants and business advisors. They are deal makers. They can help find the right operator or capital provider. They know who to call and how to reach them.

Jim is frequently quoted as an expert on hotel issues by national and industry publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Forbes, BusinessWeek, and Hotel Business. He is the Conference Chairman of The Hotel Developers Conference™ and Meet the Money®.

Contact him at or 310.201.3526. For his views on current industry issues, visit

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