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Published by: News Talk Florida Published date: December 2016 After 40 years of laughter and splashes one of Orlando’s most popular water parks is coming to a close this week. Wet ‘n Wild opened in 1977 and is now owned by Universal Studios Water Parks. The attraction will close on December 31st to make room

Congratulations to our client, Typhoon Texas, on their management takeover of Hawaiian Falls Water and Adventure Park.

Hotels throughout the United States are being developed through adaptive reuse with aid from historic tax credits at the federal and state level.

Published by: Maura Dolan and Hugo Martin/ LA Times Published date: December 2016 In a loss for local governments, the California Supreme Court decided Monday that online travel companies such as Expedia Inc. are exempt from paying hotel occupancy taxes. The ruling came in one of several  lawsuits filed by California cities and counties against the online firms, including Hotwire

We have consultants in Oregon and New York this week for fieldwork related to the feasibility analyses for a proposed hotel entertainment complex and a proposed restaurant, hotel, and conference center.

Hotel News Now presents data by STR that shows which city’s hotels saw the largest boosts from the 2016 World Series.

Surf Snowdonia is the world’s first inland surf lagoon. The attraction opened in the UK in 2015 and has attracted more than 150,000 visitors in it’s first year of operation, doubling the number predicted.

I attended the HX: The Hotel Experience 2016 conference at the Javits Center in New York City between November 12th through November 14th where I had the opportunity to connect with industry executives from Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Wyndham Group, Northcott Hospitality, and B.F. Saul Company Hospitality; hotel and restaurant operations managers; hotel owners; industry

H&LA President, Laurel Keller spoke with Crain’s Cleveland Business about the influx of Cubs fans to Cleveland for the World Series and what that meant for local hotels.

Eric Hansen recently attended the Ohio Conference on Travel at the Hilton Columbus at Easton hotel in Columbus, Ohio. He joined approximately 500 other travel industry members to discuss tourism trends and opportunities, as well as to hear from national experts. The conference, sponsored by the Ohio Travel Association and Ohio Hotel and Lodging Association, was

John Kelley is attending the Hotel Experience Conference in New York City on November 12 – 14th. John will be touring IHG’s EVEN and InterContinental Barclay properties, having dinner and touring LAVO Restaurant, attending AHLEF’s invitation-only Alumni/CEO networking luncheon, and attending the trade show and educational sessions

Enthusiasm for the industry was evident through the interactions I had with individuals from various parts of the United States and Canada that represented a variety of segments within the industry. Successes from 2016 and expectations of another successful year in 2017 were clearly articulated by the energetic attendees and vendors.

H&LA has consultants in Wisconsin and Texas this week for fieldwork and market research related to waterpark feasibility studies.

H&LA President, David J. Sangree, was awarded the Executive Board Award form the World Waterpark Association (WWA)! This award is given “to an individual or organization for special accomplishments in the water leisure industry that have contributed to the knowledge and expertise for the benefit of WWA membership.”

We have consultants in Silver Springs Maryland this week for fieldwork and research related to a hotel impact study.