Joseph Hansel

Research Analyst at HVS Convention, Sports, & Entertainment Facilities Consulting

Joseph HanselJoseph Hansel, MPP graduated from the University of Michigan and the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago. He is a Research Analyst for HVS Convention, Sports, & Entertainment Facilities Consulting and he serves as project manager for the Annual Lodging Tax study. Contact Joseph at [email protected]

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Impact of Recent Federal Stimulus on the Travel Industry

The COVID-19 crisis consumed the United States for approximately three-quarters of the past year. In December 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued emergency use authorization for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

2020 HVS Lodging Tax Report - USA

While prior HVS annual lodging tax studies have looked back on tax rates and revenues across the United States, this ninth annual Lodging Tax Study also looks forward and assesses the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Navy Pier Closure: A Cause for Concern?

On August 18th, Navy Pier Inc. ("NPI") announced a temporary closure beginning September 8th—immediately following Labor Day weekend. Operations are intended to resume sometime in spring 2021. Suspending operations at Navy Pier not only stops visitation, but also the operation of the 70 businesses operating on the pier.

The Case for Targeted Federal Aid to DMOs and Tourism Agencies

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed at risk the substantial investment of state and local governments in the tourism and hospitality industries. Publicly funded destination marketing organizations ("DMOs"), tourism agencies, and convention centers face budget shortfalls, staffing reductions, and growing financial uncertainty.

HVS COVID-19 Impact on Lodging Tax Revenues

HVS modeled the anticipated RevPAR declines during the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on patterns of recovery following the two most recent recessions, we projected the lodging tax revenues of 24 urban markets in the United States.