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  • What’s a Hotel Worth Today?
    CORONAVIRUS
    May 6, 2020

    What’s a Hotel Worth Today?

    As U.S. hotels close or dramatically scale back business during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s difficult to assess the value of a lodging asset that may or may not be able to recover from steep losses in revenue. And some hotel segments, such as economy extended stay, are doing well when compared to their higher priced read more

  • 268 | Peaks and Valleys: COVID-19 crisis cuts hotel values and creates opportunity
    CORONAVIRUS
    May 6, 2020

    268 | Peaks and Valleys: COVID-19 crisis cuts hotel values and creates opportunity

    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. read more

  • ‘It was a Blessing’
    HUMANS OF LODGING
    May 4, 2020

    ‘It was a Blessing’

    Cierra Bickel is director of sales at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Cincinnati NE Redbank. She was behind the front desk in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic when a man, a woman and their son came in to book 26 rooms for two nights. Overjoyed at having unexpected business, Bickel was in read more

  • Stepping Up
    HUMANS OF LODGING
    May 4, 2020

    Stepping Up

    Sawan Patel is a second-generation hotelier and managing partner of Unity Hotels Group, a company his father, Hasu, founded in Houston, Texas. His fiancé works in the health care field and Patel heard at the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis in the U.S. how difficult it was for hospitals to obtain personal protection equipment such read more

  • Special Touch
    HUMANS OF LODGING
    May 4, 2020

    Special Touch

    Prakash Saraf was raised in Nepal, India, by parents who taught him the value of caring for the less fortunate. As a hotelier in Baltimore, Saraf sees firsthand how people struggle to survive. The COVID-19 pandemic has made it even harder for the poor and disenfranchised to stay safe. Saraf’s non-profit called Friends of Sparsh read more

  • It’s About Serving Others
    HUMANS OF LODGING
    May 4, 2020

    It’s About Serving Others

    Tejal Patel is founder of her own hotel company called Neem Tree Hospitality in Texas. At the beginning of the year, she began to help her family market its Fairfield Inn & Suites under construction in League City, Texas. As the coronavirus crisis took over the industry, Patel switched gears to focus on how best read more

  • Give Them Shelter
    HUMANS OF LODGING
    May 4, 2020

    Give Them Shelter

    Kal Patel is founder and CEO of Crestpoint Companies in Mason, Ohio. He owns and operates hotels in Ohio and Kentucky. Two are under construction and the others are operating at 5 to 10 percent occupancy since the crisis struck in mid-March. A few properties are housing homeless and dislocated residents as well as serving read more

  • A New Balance
    HUMANS OF LODGING
    May 4, 2020

    A New Balance

    Davonne Reaves owns and operates The Vonne Group, a hospitality advisory and consulting venture in Atlanta. A people-person, Reaves has found herself conducting business from home, deploying technology to hold meetings while caring for her 1-year-old son, who can’t attend day care during the COVID-19 crisis. Reaves believes the workplace and expectations of employers and read more

  • Changing Comfort Levels
    HUMANS OF LODGING
    May 4, 2020

    Changing Comfort Levels

    Lisbeth Ceballos is vice president of housekeeping at G6 Hospitality. A native of Venezuela, Ceballos came to the U.S. at the age of 17 with a plan to build a career in the hospitality industry. As a trailblazer, Ceballos is used to navigating through uncomfortable situations, but she’s never faced anything as complex and uncertain read more

  • 267 | Comeback Opportunity: LodgingStream digital conference looks toward a post-COVID-19 future
    CORONAVIRUS
    April 27, 2020

    267 | Comeback Opportunity: LodgingStream digital conference looks toward a post-COVID-19 future

    This episode features sound bites from previous podcast reports covering the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the hospitality industry. The voices belong to Lily Mockerman, Dave Shah, Darshan Patel, Andressa Chapman, Jamie Lane and Ron Mitchell. They have all been featured in our special news project that’s focused on the crisis. So far, we’ve read more

  • Hospitality workforce to shape shift in post-COVID-19 industry, experts say
    CORONAVIRUS
    April 22, 2020

    Hospitality workforce to shape shift in post-COVID-19 industry, experts say

    Joel Carver is founder and CEO of the Carver Cos., which recruits and trains industry employees from executives to rank-and-file to temporary workers. Carver’s worked through various economic crises but he’s never seen the likes of the COVID-19 pandemic and how it’s decimated the nation’s hospitality sector. He is among several industry recruiters who anticipate a post-crisis recovery albeit one that unfolds in an altered reality. This report is part of Long Live Lodging’s ongoing special report on the coronavirus and its impact on the hotel industry.

  • 266 | Return Policies: Hotel industry works out rehiring plans
    CORONAVIRUS
    April 22, 2020

    266 | Return Policies: Hotel industry works out rehiring plans

    As the recognized COVID-19 infection rate began to gain strength in the U.S. in mid-March, lodging industry analysts said they expected at least half of the nation’s 4 million hotel employees would be laid off. It’s a startling number when you consider that six weeks ago, most hospitality jobs were firmly intact. In fact, in read more

  • Hotel Owners Dissatisfied With Franchisers’ Crisis Response
    CORONAVIRUS
    April 15, 2020

    Hotel Owners Dissatisfied With Franchisers’ Crisis Response

    The COVID-19 crisis has practically paralyzed the engines that drive the U.S. economy, including the lodging industry. One of the cogs that turn the wheel is the hotel franchising system. While many hotel franchisees have long been dissatisfied with the power franchisers exert over their businesses, the coronavirus crisis has exposed even greater levels of read more

  • 265 | Franchising In Deconstruction: COVID-19 crisis amplifies problems in brand licensing
    CORONAVIRUS
    April 15, 2020

    265 | Franchising In Deconstruction: COVID-19 crisis amplifies problems in brand licensing

    Earlier this year, a large group of hotel owners began to organize and create a comprehensive push back at the hotel franchising model. Fair Franchising Initiative held its launch conference on March 5, a little more than a week before President Trump declared a national emergency as the new coronavirus pandemic spread to the U.S. read more

  • Hoteliers Among Mass Of Businesses Seeking Aid
    CORONAVIRUS
    April 10, 2020

    Hoteliers Among Mass Of Businesses Seeking Aid

    It was a week of high anxiety for U.S. hotel owners seeking financial relief from the federal government and the CMBS bond market. Hotel owners rushed applications to SBA-approved lenders to qualify for the agency’s Paycheck Protection Program. Some primary lenders such as JP Morgan cut off applications, saying they had met their quota as read more

  • 264 | Seeking Signs of Relief: Hoteliers wade through financial aid programs and proposals
    CORONAVIRUS
    April 10, 2020

    264 | Seeking Signs of Relief: Hoteliers wade through financial aid programs and proposals

    As the recognized COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S. and the nation’s subsequent shutdown approaches its fifth week, hotels and other small businesses are seeing some relief ahead. Federal financial aid is coming in the form of loans and grants from the Small Business Administration. In the past week, hundreds of thousands hotel owners have filed read more

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