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By Jim Butler and the Global Hospitality Group®

22 May 2017 - Meet the Money® 2017 wrapped up last week at the Hyatt Regency LAX, and looks to be one of our most successful years yet! More than 350 hotel industry leaders gathered to hear from 130+ speakers who gave their expert perspectives on the current hospitality market, the national and global economy, and where trends might take us as we move towards 2018.

The conference will return May 7-9, 2018–Watch www.MeetTheMoney.com for program and registration information.

In the meantime, you can download all the presentations the conference completed last week from the RESOURCE CENTER at www.Hotel.Lawyer.com, or individual presentations as listed below:

 2017 LIIC Top Ten. Mike Cahill, CEO and Founder of Hospitality Real Estate Counselors (HREC) rounds up LIIC’s annual member survey results. What markets should you avoid? Where are we in the hotel real estate cycle? Challenges and trends are identified in the LIIC Top Ten for the current year.

Hotels Values & Cap Rates. Suzanne Mellen, Senior Managing Director of HVS, provides valuable data on historical hotel sales from 2006-2017 (total dollar volume and price per key), hotel transaction volume (year-over-year and by quarter), most active markets for the past 3 years, hottest urban markets, most notable sales, and what is happening to hotel cap rates.

Hotels Trends: Public Market Perspective. Michael J. Bellisario is a Senior Research Analyst at Baird. His presentation includes an overview of the US hotel capital markets including stock performance, industry fundamentals, valuations, capital allocation strategies, and insights on current transactions, trends and forecasts.

California Hotel Market Overview. Alan X. Reay, President of Atlas Hospitality provides an overview of the California hotel markets — current and historic analysis of sales volume, median price and performance by local market. There is data for every year from 2001 through the present. Alan also sees some interesting similarities and differences between the 2016 California hotel market with that of 2007. Could history be repeating itself?

The Boutique Hotel Report 2017. Kim Bardoul, Consultant at Highland Group provides The Highland Group’s 2017 data-filled report on the boutique hotel industry, including lifestyle hotels, soft brand collections and independent boutiques.

U.S. Lodging Industry 2017 – Good For Some; Cautious Optimism For Others. In this presentation, Daniel Lesser, President & CEO of LW Hospitality Advisors®, points out the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in his U.S. Hotel Industry SWOT Analysis.

Bright Horizons….Dusty Dawns. Mark Woodworth, Senior Managing Director of CBRE Hotels, discusses the state of the economy, the impact new supply has, buyer and seller markets, and forecasts for the rest of this year and 2018.

Three Issues for Real Estate. Keynote speaker, Dr. Richard K. Green, Chair, Lusk Center for Real Estate, University of Southern California, breaks looks in detail at 3 key issues affecting real estate and the economy:  tax reform, the Fed and mortgages, and trade. But there is a bigger issue. Dr. Green goes in depth to answer these questions and discuss the principal source of U.S. manufacturing job loss (hint: it’s not trade).

Fine Tuning Management and Operations for Greater Profit and Value. Michelle Russo, CEO & Founder of HotelAVE, and her panel present a very timely issue. As the hotel industry enters its 7th year of recovery, we may have gotten laxe in driving revenues and controlling costs. What tools and components are necessary or unnecessary?


This is Jim Butler, author of www.HotelLawBlog.com and hotel lawyer, signing off. Why don’t you give us a call (or send an email) and let us know what you’re working on? We would like to see if our experience might help you create value or avoid unnecessary pitfalls. Who’s your hotel lawyer?

About Jim Butler

Jim Butler is a founding partner of JMBM, and the founder and chairman of JMBM’s Global Hospitality Group® and Chinese Investment Group™. He is recognized as one of the top hotel lawyers in the world and has authored or co-authored The HMA & Franchise Agreement Handbook, How to Buy a Hotel Handbook, The ADA Compliance and Defense Guide, and The Lenders Handbook. Jim has led the Global Hospitality Group® in more than $71 billion of hotel transactional experience, involving more than 3,800 hotel properties located around the globe. Jim’s team has also closed more than $1 billion of EB-5 financings for developer clients over the past two years. 

If you would like chat about how we might help you achieve your hotel goals–with EB-5 financing or otherwise– please contact Jim Butler. And of course, there is no charge for our initial discussion

Contact: Jim Butler

jbutler@jmbm.com / (310) 201-3526

About JMBM

Our Perspective. We represent hotel owners, developers and investors. We have helped our clients find business and legal solutions for more than $71 billion of hotel transactions. As of June 30, 2016, we have closed more than $1 billion of EB-5 financing for our clients, and sourced more than $700 million for their projects.

As a client, our unparalleled experience means that you get:

•  better, faster, more cost-effective results
•  greater certainty of execution while avoiding costly missteps or missed opportunities
•  added credibility from our experience and reputation
•  greater confidence that you will get the best deal possible

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