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Waterparks: What’s on Deck in 2018?

Introduction The waterpark industry continues to expand in North America, with more than $1 billion in new investment in indoor and outdoor waterparks and their related resorts in 2018. Nearly 60 expansions and new facilities will open in 2018. We project 14 municipal and eight private outdoor waterparks will open, outpacing 2017’s nine municipal and

Data reveals risks, prospects facing US hotels in 2018

This article was originally published by Hotel News Now. With the start of the new year, many of us take stock of where we are and what 2018 holds in store. The status of the U.S. hotel industry partly depends on the lens you’re looking through—whether you’re a franchise company, developer, owner, operator or investor.

Ohio and National Lodging Industry Overview: Statistics, Appraisal Issues, and New Supply

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: Statistics, Appraisal Issues,

Waterpark and Resort Trends Across the Globe

At the 2017 World Waterpark Association Annual Symposium and Tradeshow, David Sangree gave a presentation highlighting new trends in waterpark and resorts in the U.S. and Canada. David emphasized trends in indoor and outdoor waterparks, as well as amusement parks. Several takeaways from his presentation include the following: The United States has the largest and

Hoteliers Take Note as Social Entertainment Venues Innovate

Over the past several years our consultancy has been asked to explore social entertainment options that enhance a patron’s experience whether at a resort, restaurant, casino, or mixed-use development. The trends of what’s hot and innovative always ignites the discussion. The evolution of social entertainment involves an innovative mix of activities, culinary, and entertainment value

Convention center hotels boost both supply, demand

Municipalities across the United States are seeking approvals, funding or public-private partnerships to develop or redevelop their convention centers with an attached, big-box hotel. City councils in Kansas City and Oklahoma City are in process of getting approvals and funding secured while Portland, Oregon, and Chicago have such projects underway. One of the latest convention

2017 Waterpark Forecast: Continued Growth

The waterpark industry continues to expand in North America, with more than $550 million worth of new investment in indoor and outdoor waterparks and their related resorts in 2016.

Houston Hotel Market: Will 2017 be Up or Down

With Super Bowl 51 in the history books, Houston hotels are back to facing an uncertain future. The big question to answer in 2017 is, will this be a year of ups or downs for the local hotel market?

The Financial Impact of Hotel Renovations

This article explores what hoteliers should consider before renovating hotel properties, including the effect on occupancy and ADR, timing, ROI, and mandates imposed by franchise companies.

Analyzing the Market for Economic Feasibility for Waterpark Projects

David Sangree discussed waterpark feasibility studies at the annual World Waterpark Association Symposium and Trade Show. David’s presentation focused on how to go about conducting hotel and waterpark feasibility studies. You can see his presentation by clicking on the link below. 2016-wwa-feasibility-presentation-sangree

Methodology of Feasibility Studies for Waterparks

This article explains the major components of a waterpark feasibility study that should be analyzed as part of determining the potential success of a waterpark project.

Gaming a Winning Bet in Ohio

This article compares the performance of casino slot machines and racino VLTs and gives an overview of the Ohio gaming industry.

Measuring the Economic Benefits of Tourism

The investments from state governments into tourism more than pay for themselves when compared to the travel and tourism revenue they generate.

Hotels & Waterpark Industry – Insights, Trends and Valuation Keys

David J. Sangree, MAI, gave a presentation on hotel appraisals and waterpark appraisals at the 2016 IRWA Appraisal Day seminar. Click the link below to see his presentation. 2016-irwa-appraisal-day-presentation

Golf Entertainment Complexes Offer New Spin on an Old Game

With the closure of almost 1,500 18-hole equivalent golf course in the last ten years, golf entertainment complexes offer a new spin on golf that has the potential to bring new players to the game.