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Development in the Poconos isn’t done yet! Township officials have announced plans to create a massive $350 million development project dubbed Pocono Springs Entertainment Village, which will include a 75,000 square foot aquarium, a movie theater, helium balloon rides and space for a slew of retail and restaurant spaces. The site is adjacent to the

U.S. News and World Report’s Top 30 Indoor Waterparks from around the world… It’s great to see so many wonderful properties we’ve worked with on the list! We have had the pleasure of working with a majority of the properties in North America in preparing waterpark feasibility studies, appraisals, economic impact studies, and other consulting

H&LA was pleased and proud to have taken part in the Epic Waters project in Grand Prairie, Texas, preparing the waterpark feasibility study for the project. Now open, Epic Waters is gathering much deserved support and attention from leaders in the industry. This insightful article showcases interviews with several key people who helped bring the

H&LA congratulates our clients Great Wolf Resorts and Centerbridge Partners on the newest Great Wolf Lodge project slated for Manteca, California! http://www.mantecabulletin.com/section/1/article/150539/

The latest from Hotel News Now research shows little correlation between hotel room night demand and ADR. Published by: M. Brian Riley/Hotel News Now Published date: March 2018 With a lens focused on identifying seasonal patterns in the key performance indicators, STR reviewed three years—2015 to 2017—of U.S. performance data. We found that on a national basis,

Miscellaneous revenue-generating sources have shown to be decreasing the size of their contributions to a hotel’s overall revenue since 2010. Published by: Robert Mandelbaum/Hotel News Now Published date: February 2018 In hotel industry jargon, other operated departments are frequently referred to as minor operated departments. Based on recent trends in other operated department revenues and

Marriott is cutting the industry standard 10% commission paid to third party booking channels to 7% in the U.S. and Canada. Check out the story at Meetings and Conventions News: http://www.meetings-conventions.com/News/Third-Party/Marriott-Cuts-Third-Party-planner-Commissions/?cid=eltrMtgNews&eid=dsangree@hladvisors.com

Meeting and Conventions Magazine published a story about how some NYC hotels are now adding an “urban destination fee” to their nightly room rate. The fees cover an array of services from high-speed internet access to laundry services and city walking tours. According to the article, hotels are on target to rake a record $2.7

H&LA President, David Sangree weighed in with The Cleveland Plain Dealer on the occupancy drop in Cleveland hotels in 2017: Published by: Susan Glasser/The Plain Dealer Published date: January 2018 Hotel occupancy in downtown Cleveland dipped for the second straight year, a result of the hotel building boom leading up to the Republican National Convention.

The Columbus Dispatch highlights comments, data, and research from David Sangree, MAI, CPA, ISHC on the recent hotel demand boom in Columbus, Ohio Published by: Marla Matzer Roe Published date: November 2017 Columbus has more hotels on track to open through 2019 than any other Ohio metro area, according to the Ohio Hotel & Lodging

Congratulations to Great Wolf Resorts on the announcement that they are opening a new Great Wolf Lodge hotel and waterpark in Arizona! When opened in 2019, this will be the 18th Great Wolf Lodge property. According to AZCentral.com, the 350-room all-suite hotel will be built next door to Salt River Fields, the Arizona Diamondbacks’ and Colorado

This great article from Hotel News Now offers some insightful predictions from industry leaders on where in the industry is headed in 2018. Published by: Bryan Wroten/Hotel News Now Published date: January 2018 Last year turned out to be a better year for the U.S. hotel industry than previously thought, thanks generally to a stronger

Hotel News Now has an insightful first look at what the new U.S. tax policy just passed by Congress may mean for the hotel industry. Published by: Aran Ryan and Jan Freitag/Hotel News Now Published date: December 2017 Voting began in Congress this week on a Republican tax-overhaul bill that aimed to resolve the differences between its

H&LA would like to congratulate our client, Blue Water Development, on the ground breaking of their new waterpark, Maui Jack’s in Chincoteague. H&LA completed the waterpark feasibility study for the proposed waterpark in 2016. The waterpark is slated to open Memorial Day weekend of 2018. An article at delmarvanow.com gives more information about this exciting

Last week, H&LA hotel appraisers, David Sangree, MAI; Laurel Keller, MAI; and Joseph Pierce, MAI attended Ohio Chapter of the Appraisal Institute’s 40th Annual Economic Seminar, a panel event with various members of the banking and appraisal related industries. David was a speaker at this years conference, with a presentation titled Ohio and National Lodging Industry Overview: