Justin Westad

Vice President at HVS Minneapolis

Justin Westad

Justin Westad, a Vice President with HVS Minneapolis, has worked in hotels and hospitality real estate since 2010, having specialized in disposition and advisory services for hotels across 13 states. Prior to joining HVS in 2015, Justin worked for Marcus & Millichap’s National Hospitality Group as an Analyst, providing comprehensive market research, underwriting, and financial analyses for hotel real estate across the Midwest. Justin graduated magna cum laude from the School of Hospitality at DePaul University with a BS in Lodging and Revenue Management. He holds a Certification in Hotel Industry Analytics (CHIA). For more information, contact Justin at [email protected] or (612) 423-4544.

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HVS Market Pulse: Minneapolis-St. Paul Lodging Market Perceptions

For this article, we will focus on three major submarkets within the Twin Cities metro area: Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Bloomington. These three cities host the largest inventory of hotel rooms, and each offer their own unique amenities and demand generators necessary for the successful operation of a hotel.

HVS Market Pulse: Rochester, MN – Medicine at the Forefront of Development

The healthcare sector is the cornerstone of the Rochester market, represented largely by entities such as the Mayo Clinic, Saint Mary's Hospital, and Rochester Methodist Hospital, which is visited by over 1.

HVS Market Pulse: Minneapolis - After the Super Bowl

Surrounded by the beauty of lakes and the Mississippi River, Minneapolis is home to many Fortune 500 companies and more than 11,000 hotel rooms. High quality of life, diversity of employers, and leisure attractions continue to entice demand and an ensuing level of hotel development to the area.

Market Pulse: Minneapolis - St. Paul, MN

Some 3.6 million residents, 16 Fortune 500 companies, and attractions like the Guthrie Theater and Mall of America drive the economy in the Minneapolis-St. Paul MSA, which includes the Minneapolis, St.

HVS Market Pulse: Branson, MO

Named after the owner of the area's first general store and later developed as a center for lumber shipments, Branson, Missouri, had an inauspicious start as a tourism destination. Over the course of the past century, however, Branson has built a reputation as a "family friendly" counterpart to Las Vegas, featuring a high density of live music and theater performance venues along a stretch of State Highway 76 nicknamed "The Strip.