Suzanne Mellen, senior managing director and practice leader at HVS, has been in the hotel valuation business for 40 years. She’s witnessed a lot of ups and downs.
She’s also noticed how investors are eager to talk about their hotel’s market value during the good times but reluctant to face the truth in a downturn.
Mellen and her colleagues recently released a report that shows a decrease in hotel market values across the U.S.
No surprise there, given the negative impact of the COVID-19 crisis on industry performance. But this is also a time when opportunistic buyers will step up and actually aid in the industry’s post-crisis recovery.
Lodging Leaders talks to Mellen and others regarding who the winners and losers may be in hotel investment as the crisis begins to ease. This episode is part of our ongoing special coverage of the coronavirus crisis and its impact on the hospitality industry.
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Ginny Morrison of Evanston, Illinois, is a 33-year veteran of Spire Hospitality, a hotel management company with a portfolio that spans coast-to-coast. As vice president of sales and marketing, Morrison saw the coronavirus pandemic decimate the meetings business. More than a year later, she’s witnessing a comeback as small-meeting planners are actively booking events for the last half of 2021 and beyond. As public health agencies expand COVID-19 vaccination programs across the U.S. and states ease up on public-gathering restrictions designed to keep the virus at bay, the hotel industry is seeing small meetings begin a comeback. In Episode 317, Long Live Lodging covers the state of the small-meetings sector and how hotels can grab their share of the meetings business during and post-pandemic. This report is part of our ongoing coverage about the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the hospitality industry.
The Hunter Hotel Investment Conference will be the industry’s first large event to be held during the coronavirus pandemic. The Atlanta event will be a hybrid format of in-person and virtual access, also an industry first. Lee Hunter, chairman of the conference, knows the level of expectation is high among other conference planners as well as industry professionals eager to network after more than a yearlong hiatus. Episode 316 of Lodging Leaders podcast features Hunter as he tells what it takes to re-launch the industry’s conference circuit amid the COVID-19 outbreak.