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The current state of financing in the hospitality industry: Discussions and presentations at Meet the Money 2019

28 May 2019

It’s hard to believe that another Meet the Money® is in the rear view mirror, and that we have our 30th year on the horizon in 2020! This year’s conference was another few days of energetic deal-making, networking and discussions about the current state of the industry.

Our focus at Meet the Money has always been financing and deals – connecting providers and consumers for profitable partnerships. It’s one of our goals as hotel lawyers, too; find out more about how the Global Hospitality Group® can help you.

Hotel Business has posted a video sharing some of my thoughts on hotel financing in the current market. I think this is a good time in the industry, with the potential for good deals and smooth sailing for the next couple of years. Watch the video below for the rest of my comments, and a quick look at this year’s conference.

Meet the Money: Jim Butler on the State of Hotel Financing from ICD Publications on Vimeo.

The Meet the Money program included several informative presentations analyzing the market in 2019 and beyond. STR, hotelAVE, CBRE Hotels, BLLA LW Hospitality Advisors, and HVS contributed a wealth of valuable data that helped our attendees put the hospitality industry in context and understand current trends. All of those presentations, including our Equity Investment Bootcamp, are available on

Presentations from past years and other helpful industry resources are also available on our Resource Center.

Meet the Money® 2020: May 4-6
We’re grateful for the chance to provide this resource to the hospitality industry, and I’m looking forward to next year’s conference – put May 4-6, 2020 on your calendar now! We’d love to hear your thoughts about the conference, including topics we should cover and speakers we should invite, so please send a note to if you have feedback.

Our 2020 conference will be held in Los Angeles, at the Hyatt Regency LAX. Details about registration will be available on our website,, in Fall 2019.  Early-bird registration will be available for $950 through February 29, 2020; after that, the regular registration fee will be $1,150.

Sponsorship is a great way to get involved in Meet the Money and maximize your opportunity to network and promote your business. Download our sponsorship brochure to find out more and sign up – the earlier you commit to sponsorship,  the more exposure you get from our promotional campaign.

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About Meet the Money®
For 30 years, Meet the Money® has created an energetic environment to forge relationships, negotiate deals, and gain an in-depth understanding of hotel investment and finance. Our national hotel conference attracts heavy hitters and offers an opportunity for productive, one-on-one networking with them. For more information, visit

This is Jim Butler, author of and hotel lawyer, signing off. Please contact us if you would like to discuss any issues or development that affect your hotel interests. We would like to see if our experience might help you create value or avoid unnecessary pitfalls. Who’s your hotel lawyer?

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Jim Butler is a founder of the JMBM law firm and chairman of its Real Estate Department. He founded and chairs the Firm’s Global Hospitality Group® and its EB-5 Finance Group which provide business and legal advice to owners, developers and investors of commercial real estate, particularly hotels, resorts, restaurants, spas and senior living. This advice covers purchase, sale, development, financing, franchise, management, labor & employment, ADA, IP, and litigation.

Jim is recognized as one of the top hotel lawyers in the world and has led the Global Hospitality Group® in more than $125 billion of hotel transactions and more than 4,700 hotel properties located around the globe.

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