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Hotel Lawyer: Latest perspective on the hotel industry from Smith Travel

19 May 2011

Hotel Lawyer with fresh perspectives on the hotel industry from Smith Travel. When the hotel lawyers of JMBM’s Global Hospitality Group® hosted their 21st annual hotel conference recently, Jan Freitag of Smith Travel Research gave a very interesting update and some fresh perspectives on the hotel industry, including:

  • A different perspective on the impact of gas prices on lodging demand (compare PKF’s views
  • What’s happening with transient and group occupancy and ADR
  • Where RevPAR recovery is strongest. And weakest.
  • How luxury is leading the industry out of the recession
  • What lies ahead – forecast

Freitag%20Jan.jpgJan Freitag
Vice President, Global Development
Smith Travel Research
735 East Main Street
Hendersonville, TN 37075
(615) 824-8664
Mr. Jan Freitag is the Vice President, Global Development at Smith Travel Research (STR), the recognized leader in lodging industry benchmarking services. In his capacity Mr. Freitag is a frequent public speaker and is quoted in trade publications and the general news media such as The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Associated Press, Reuters, Forbes, etc. He also writes a monthly column for Lodging Magazine, the official magazine of the AH&LA.
At STR he oversees a variety of projects, all charged with the accumulation and interpretation of global lodging data.

Prior to joining STR, Mr. Freitag was the Director of Content Integrity at in upstate New York and a hospitality consultant with Ernst & Young in Phoenix.

Mr. Freitag holds a Bachelor Degree, with distinction, from the School of Hotel Administration, Cornell University, and received his Executive MBA, with honors, from Vanderbilt University. Mr. Freitag resides in Nashville, TN.

Click here to download the presentation file Jan Freitag, STR: US Lodging Industry – What Lies Ahead? or view the presentation below.


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