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H&LA’s recent research for a project in Pittsburgh revealed some exciting new hospitality-related developments happening in the area. These developments will have a major impact on tourism, employment, and the general economy in the Pittsburgh area. In December 2018, Rivers Casino Pittsburgh became one of the first sites in the state to offer wagering on

USA Today released its list of the Top 10 indoor waterparks in the U.S. Aquatopia in Tannersville topped the list for the second year in a row! It’s been a pleasure to work with some many of these great properties over the years! Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark – Tannersville, Pennsylvania Great Wolf Lodge – Wisconsin Dells,

In a shift in corporate philosophy, Great Wolf Lodge properties are now offering day passes for visitors. These passes will be sold online only and capacity restraint will limit the number of day passes available. The number of waterpark day passes will be monitored each day to ensure the number of visitors is actively managed.

Published by: Scott Suttel/Crain’s Cleveland Business Published date: June 2019 The Cedar Fair Entertainment Co. empire is about to grow. The Sandusky-based operator of regional amusement parks and water parks on Thursday morning, June 13, announced it has agreed to buy, for $261 million in cash, two water parks and one resort in Texas: Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Resort New

David J. Sangree and Stephen Szczygiel are attending the InfoComm 2019 conference being held June 8th-14th in Orlando, Florida.  David will be a panelist at a session titled “Virtual Reality Entertainment in Hotels.” Stephen will be part of a discussion panel at the “Utilizing Digital Signage to Bring F&B Outlets to Life” session. Both sessions will take place on

H&LA’s recent research for a project in Phoenix revealed some exciting new hospitality-related developments happening in the area. These developments will have a major impact on tourism, employment, and the general economy in the Phoenix area. The Arizona Center in downtown Phoenix recently underwent a $25 million renovation, which has improved the complex’s appearance and

Interpark is reporting on the findings from the TEA/AECOM Theme and Amusement Index that found that attendance to the biggest waterparks in the world continues to increase, with almost 31 million people visiting the world’s top 20 waterpark venues in 2018. Pubished by: Interpark/Gabrielle Published date: May 2019 Attendance to the biggest waterparks in the

In a brief statement to the New York Times, David Sangree weighed in on the performance of Trump Hotel properties. The article highlights the annual financial report released in May of 2018. Published by: Steve Eder, Eric Lipton and Agustin Armendariz/New York Times Published date: May 2019 President Trump’s family business saw its overall revenues decline modestly in

H&LA’s recent research for a project in the Houston area of Texas revealed some exciting new hospitality-related developments happening in the area. These developments will have a major impact on tourism, employment, and the general economy in the Houston area. A major theme park complex called the Grand Texas Sports and Entertainment District is now

H&LA’s recent research for a project in Irvine, California revealed some exciting new hospitality-related developments happening in the area. These developments will have a major impact on tourism, employment, and the general economy in the Irvine area. A major mixed-use development called the LT Platinum Center is planned for a site adjacent to Angel Stadium

Our consultants are traveling to some exciting hospitality conferences in March! David J. Sangree, MAI, CPA, ISHC is attending the 94th Annual Hotel Ezra Cornell Conference on March 14-17. Hotel Ezra Cornell is a three-day, student-run business conference for hospitality industry leaders and members of the Cornell community from across the globe. Featuring some of the

In their 2019 Power issue, Aquatics International named H&LA President David Sangree as the go-to waterpark consultant and prognosticator. Citing David’s work in the industry over the last 30 years, the article highlights some of his unique experience and gets to the heart of what makes him an expert in such a dynamic industry. Published

Hotel News Now is reporting on the latest hotel forecast by CBRE Hotels Americas Research that calls for RevPAR growth of 2.5% in 2019 and 2% in 2020 at U.S. hotels, but a blip in 2021. Published by  HNN Newswire Published date: February 2019 A favorable economic outlook will lead to continued growth in U.S.

As the Times Herold-Record reports, the much anticipated Kartrite Resort & Indoor Waterpark is set for soft opening at the end of March, with the Grand opening set for April 5th. Published by: Daniel Axelrod/Times Herald-Record Published date: March 2019 The $180 million-plus Kartrite Resort & Indoor Waterpark project is on track for a March 28

Hoteliers continue to experiment with dynamic pricing but also seem to realize that even if guests receive all the industry’s latest education and thinking on rates, partnerships with online travel agencies will not be a thing of the past. Published by: Terence Baker/Hotel News Now Published date: February 2019 Hoteliers’ strategic goals must include a