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March 21 2013

Nearly 1,000 owners, operators, brokers and lenders gathered at the Marriott Marquis in Atlanta to network and discuss the current hotel investment climate.

Sequestration takes center stage in Atlanta
By Jeff Higley, Editorial Director
Panelists at the 25th annual Hunter Hotel Conference said the hotel industry will face issues as a result of the U.S. sequestration.

Hoteliers march on despite macro troubles
By Shawn A. Turner, Finance Editor
There’s no shortage of black swans circling the hotel sector, but performance has risen above the economic maelstrom thus far, speakers said on the opening day of the Hunter Hotel Conference.
Sorenson: Hoteliers must fight misperceptions
By Shawn A. Turner, Finance Editor
The public views the travel industry as frivolous and something that can be cut out of budgets, Marriott International’s Arne Sorenson said during a keynote address Thursday at the Hunter Hotel Conference.

Hotel CEOs see bright future ahead
By Ed Watkins, Editor at Large
A panel of hotel company CEOs at the Hunter Hotel Conference forecasted strong industry performance for 2013 and beyond.

Lending is plentiful for the right projects
By Ed Watkins, Editor at Large
A combination of liquidity in the marketplace, low interest rates and favorable supply and demand fundamentals make for a strong hotel lending marketplace, said a panel of lenders at the Hunter Hotel Conference.

IREFAC: Investors look to hotel sector
By Shawn A. Turner, Finance Editor
With few viable options, investors are looking t o put their money to work in the hotel sector and are willing to accept lower yields to boot, IREFAC panelists said during the Hunter Hotel Conference.

External factors impact hotel values
By Shawn A. Turner, Finance Editor
Interest rates, green initiatives and other factors can still sway hotel values despite the industry’s upturn, panelists said during the Hunter Hotel Conference.

Sorenson’s short-sighted stance on health care
By Jason Q. Freed, News Editor
Pushing hoteliers to take better care of employees while at the same time denouncing the cost of providing them with health care doesn’t add up.
6 takeways from the Hunter Hotel Conference
By Jeff Higley, Editorial Director
The Atlanta event creates a learning environment to reinforce several key points of discussion that are dominating the conversations in the U.S. hotel industry.

Fund in hand, Kimpton looks to add hotels
By Shawn A. Turner, Finance Editor
Kimpton Hotels is looking to add between seven to 10 hotels with proceeds from its recently closed $203-million fund, CEO Mike Depatie said.

Breathing life back into dying properties
By Shawn A. Turner, Finance Editor
Struggling hotels can be brought back to relevance if owners are able to execute a well-thought-out turnaround plan, panelists said during the Hunter Hotel Conference.









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