David J. J. Sangree

MAI, CPA, ISHC, President of Hotel & Leisure Advisors (H&LA)

SangreeDavid J. Sangree, MAI, CPA, ISHC, is President of Hotel & Leisure Advisors, a national hospitality consulting firm. Mr. Sangree’s expertise is in the appraisal and analysis of hotels, resorts, indoor waterpark resorts, outdoor waterparks, amusement parks, conference centers, ski resorts, and golf courses. He has performed studies on more than 2,000 existing and proposed hotels in more than 46 states and internationally in all price ranges, including economy, full-service, extended-stay, and luxury hotels and resorts including indoor waterpark resorts. He has been an active appraiser/consultant since 1987 and also has 10 years of work experience in the hotel/restaurant industry, including management positions with four Westin Hotels properties. Mr. Sangree is a nationally recognized expert on waterpark resorts and has visited most of the open waterpark resort properties in the United States and Canada. He has completed more than 400 studies of waterparks resorts since 1999. Mr. Sangree was named one of Aquatics International Magazine’s “Power 25”. In its profile, Aquatics International named Mr. Sangree as one of the first consultants serving the waterpark resort industry and credited him with shaping some of the latest industry trends through his expertise and experience in the waterpark resort market. Mr. Sangree has appeared on Good Morning America and CNBC on special reports concerning resorts and waterparks. He can be reached via telephone at 216-228-7000 ext. 20 or via e-mail at [email protected]

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Insights by David J. J. Sangree (11)

U.S and Canada Waterpark and Resort Trends in 2020

At the beginning of 2020, the continuing trend of two decades of growth was expected in the waterpark industry. Major projects will open throughout the United States in both the indoor and outdoor waterpark categories totaling over $1 billion in investment in 2020.

Indoor, Outdoor Waterparks Show Growth for 2014

The amount of indoor and outdoor waterpark square footage will grow at a faster rate in 2014 than in any year since the Great Recession. Twelve indoor waterpark resorts or standalone indoor waterparks will be opened or expanded in 2014 compared to 9 in 2013.

Room Service More than a Revenue Generator

Thinking about that breakfast you just ordered at your hotel, delivered to you on a cart and white tablecloth by a smiling waiter? Think again, as some hotels are considering eliminating this loss leader department.

U.S. Waterpark Resorts Supply and Demand 2013 Update

The country appears to be pulling out of the recession and heading for calmer waters if waterpark developments are any indication. While the flow of waterpark leisure development slowed down following the economic recession of 2009 and 2010, it is now picking back up as financing becomes more widely available.

Weight Loss Resorts Are A Boon for Developers

Though numerous destination spas periodically offer weight loss retreats and health & fitness programs, few resorts cater exclusively to obese guests by providing year-round, high-intensity weight loss programs.
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