Heidi Banak

H&LA’s recent research for a project near Louisville, Kentucky revealed some exciting new hospitality-related developments happening in the area. These developments will have an impact on tourism, employment, and the general economy in Louisville and the surrounding areas in 2022 and beyond. On-going pandemic concerns may alter timelines for some of these projects. Churchill Downs

Hotel Business is reporting on the forecast from the U.S. Travel Association that indicated all segments of travel will surge in the short term, despite inflation concerns. Pent up demand and consumer savings will drive the surge, though it remains unclear if recession fears will dampen expectations. Published by: Hotel Business Published date: June 2022

H&LA’s recent research for project near Austin and Round Rock, Texas revealed some exciting new hospitality-related developments happening in the area. These developments will have an impact on tourism, employment, and the general economy in Austin and the surrounding areas in 2022 and beyond. On-going pandemic concerns may alter timelines for some of these projects.

For the first time since before the pandemic, we held a company retreat for all staff of H&LA from our Ohio and Texas offices.  It was a great opportunity to connect and spend time with colleagues and get to know one another a bit better as a result. H&LA is lucky to have such a

Post-pandemic, hotels look to attract lost group demand

As U.S. hotels continue to recover from the devastating effects of the pandemic, leisure travel has been a boon for the industry. Recent studies, in fact, suggest that leisure travel will reach prepandemic levels in 2022. However, not all hotels cater to the leisure segment, leaving a large swath of properties that cater to group

H&LA’s David Sangree got the chance to weigh in with a recent article from Cleveland.com about the improving hotel occupancy in the Cleveland market. As we turn the page to 2022, we will likely see continued improvement as group demand looks poised to make a comeback. Published by: Cleveland.com/Susan Glaser Published date: January 2022 CLEVELAND,

Top Concerns and Trends for Hoteliers in 2021

In a brief look back at 2021, there was widespread hope that it would be a slow return back to normal as pandemic concerns eased and society reordered itself, but pandemic troubles lingered through the year. While lockdowns and closures may be a thing of the past, new concerns were thrust to the forefront as

Congratulations to our client, Honokea, for securing $95 million in revenue bond authority from the State of Hawaii for the Honokea Surf Village. The bill was approved by the Legislature and signed into law into law in June, 2021.  This bond bill authorizes State of Hawaii tax free revenue bond authority as a financing tool

Top 10 hotel trends in 2020: Are they here to stay?

Back when we were all naïve enough to think that 2020’s biggest headache would be a seemingly endless year of political campaign ads, hotels and resorts in the U.S. were poised to enjoy the fruits of a robust economy. But the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic threw the industry into chaos, forcing hotels and resorts

Congratulations to Kalahari Resorts and to the city of Round Rock on the opening of Kalahari’s newest waterpark resort in Round Rock, Texas! The 1.5 million square foot property includes the largest indoor waterpark in the United States, an indoor amusement space, 20 dining options, a spa, hotel, and convention space. Published by: Chaz Miller/abc13

As H&LA keeps abreast the continually changing impact of COVID-19 on the economy in general and hospitality sector in particular, we are sharing insights from industry experts and stakeholders with our clients and partners. Hotel News Now is reporting on hotel brands standards amid the pandemic as hotels attempt to balance guests needs and function

H&LA’s David Sangree had the opportunity to weigh in with Hotel News Now for an article on how hotels are looking towards attracting holiday demand with pricing and promotions. Published by: Laura Koss-Feder/Hotel News Now Published date: November 2020 Although it is going to be a very unusual holiday season, hoteliers are hoping that driving

As the World Waterpark Association’s (WWA) annual symposium goes virtual this year, H&LA’s David Sangree will be participating an a webinar panel, State of the Industry & Trends for 2021. David and the other panel members will discuss insights on how 2020 has impacted the water leisure industry in myriad ways and how 2021 might

As H&LA keeps abreast the continually changing impact of COVID-19 on the economy in general and hospitality sector in particular, we are sharing insights from industry experts and stakeholders with our clients and partners. Recent CBRE projections indicate that the U.S. hotel industry is poised to begin a multiyear recovery in the third quarter. Published

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