252 | The BulletInn #2: Coronavirus and group business; Sara Blakely of Spanx at Hunter conference; and short-term rental’s surprising shift


Welcome to the second edition of BulletInn, a news report of Long Live Lodging and its Lodging Leaders podcast.

In this episode, we cover three topics:

  • The spread of the new coronavirus and its impact on travel and the legalities around cancelling group meetings in the U.S.
  • Surprises in a report by CBRE Americas Hotels Research about the growth of the online short-term rental market in the U.S.
  • An interview with Mit Shah, CEO of Noble Investment Group and co-founder of the Bharat Shah Leadership Speaker Series, who, during the Hunter Hotel Investment Conference this month, will interview a billion-dollar entrepreneur not normally seen in hotelier circles.

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