Our Publications & Research

2016’s waterpark forecast: Bigger is better

The waterpark industry continues to expand in North America, with more than $500 million of new investment in indoor and outdoor waterparks and their related resorts in 2015.

How Hoteliers Can Handle a Minimum Wage Jump

Hoteliers need to ready themselves for the possibility of wage increases and implement ways to mitigate the new costs of operation.

One Drop at a Time (Part Two)

Part two of this article profiles several outdoor waterpark attractions and analyzes their water consumption versus their water use.

Waterpark Appraisal Methodology

Waterpark Appraisal Methodology An waterpark resort appraisal is similar to other appraisals in that it is a professional appraiser’s opinion of value. It is typically required by a lender before financing can be obtained for a new project. The scope of the project, including plans and development budgets should be well defined prior to the

One Drop at a Time (Part One)

Can waterpark operators be innovators for water conservation?

Continued Growth in the Dallas Hotel Market

A diversified and growing economy, robust convention market, growing tourism and increasing population have all contributed to the success of the Dallas-Fort Worth hotel market.

Public-Private Partnerships for Hotels

As hospitality consultants, we understand the relationship between private developers and public entities. These public-private partnerships have long been an economic tool in the hospitality industry, but post-recession they have become more commonplace.

2015 Waterpark Industry Update

The waterpark industry has shown continued growth in 2014 with increased numbers of indoor and outdoor waterparks being developed throughout the United States and Canada.

Winning the Stay to Play Game

The challenge and debate over stay to play for hotels and sports groups lies in three areas: implementation, lack of transparency and the end user’s limited understanding of mutual benefits.

Cleveland a ‘city of choice’ for development

Hotel development in Cleveland is booming, thanks in part to the city winning the bid for the 2016 RNC, a new convention center and a surging health care sector.

Big Three’s Rebound, New Developments Drive Detroit’s Lodging Market

Thanks to a rebound of the “Big Three” automakers and emerging technologies boosting the local economy, Detroit has seen steady improvements in hotel occupancy since 2010 and in ADR since 2011.

2014 Waterpark Resorts Supply and Demand Update

The waterpark industry is poised for growth in 2014. Read about the increases in supply and how the waterpark landscape will change in 2014.

Recession Recovery and Continued Growth in the Houston Hotel Market

Due to the energy boom, Houston rebounded from the recession and the proof is in hotel development.

Convenience Shops: Cash-Flowing Amenity Creep

Many hotels are adding convenience shops as alternatives to classic full-service gift shops and vending machines. Learn how these shops are earning their 100 square feet of lobby space.

Room Service More Than a Revenue Generator?

Some full-service hotels are dropping room service, while others are maintaining the long-time amenity. Explore the cost and consumer impacts of this new trend.