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Robert Mandelbaum

Director of Research Information Services at CBRE Hotels

Robert MandelbaumRobert Mandelbaum is the Director of Research Information Services for CBRE Hotels Americas Research. He is based in the firm’s Atlanta office, where he is in charge of Research Information Services. Research Information Services produces the annual Trends® in the Hotel Industry statistical report, along with customized financial and operational analyses for client projects. On a quarterly basis, CBRE Hotels produces five-year forecasts of performance for six national chain-scales, six national location categories, and 55 major U.S cities using its proprietary Hotel Horizons® econometric forecasting model. Mr. Mandelbaum began his hospitality industry career with Holiday Inns, Inc. in Memphis, Tennessee. He started his career with the firm in 1983 in the Memphis office of Pannell Kerr Forster, where he conducted market and financial feasibility studies and operational analyses for hotel, restaurant, club, and conference center clients. Prior to moving to Atlanta in November 1997, he also worked in PKF’s San Francisco office. Mr. Mandelbaum holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University. He serves on the American Hotel and Lodging Association’s (AH&LA) Financial Management Committee that is responsible for preparing the Uniform System of Accounts for the Lodging Industry (USALI). In addition, he is a member of the Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) association. He is on the executive board of the Cornell Hotel Society, the author of articles for industry trade publications, a guest lecturer at college and university hotel school programs, and a speaker at industry forums.

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Ancillary Revenue In 2020: Resorts Benefit the Most

Last month CBRE Hotels Research analyzed the cost control measures U.S. hotel operators have implemented to mitigate the impact of the severe declines in revenue inflicting the lodging industry in 2020.

Hotel Operators Adapt and Survive in 2020

Faced with the greatest declines in revenue since the 1930s, U.S. hotel operators in 2020 have demonstrated their historical ability to adapt to difficult market environments and squeeze the greatest efficiencies from their operations.

The Owner’s Obligation – Cash

The COVID-19 virus has had an extreme negative impact on the U.S. lodging industry. According to CBRE's June 2020 edition of Hotel Horizons®, lodging demand in the U.S. will decline by 37.0 percent in 2020.

Hotel Insurance Costs on the Rise

As of the writing of this article we are in the early stages of evaluating the impact of the COVID-19 virus on the U.S. lodging industry. Owners and operators are discussing the potential use of business interruption insurance (BI) to cover expected losses in profits.

A Quick Review of 2019 Industry Performance

Given the extreme negative impact of COVID-19 on the U.S. lodging industry in 2020, we recognize the limited practicality of benchmarking the bleak 2020 operating performance of hotels against the relatively prosperous 2019 benchmarks.
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