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Q2 2020 Major US Hotel Sales Survey

By Daniel H. Lesser

The year 2020 will not be soon forgotten as the spread of COVID-19 and society's reaction to the virus have combined to devastate the global economy. U.S. GDP in the second quarter declined by 32.9 percent on an annualized basis, the most significant quarterly decline observed since the 1940's.

COVID-19’s Potential Lasting Impact on Fixed vs Variable Hotel Expense Ratios

By Mark VanStekelenburg, Kannan Sankaran, Andrew Hartley and Vanessa Gonzalez

As a result of COVID-19, hotel operators have been forced to make tough decisions, including the most basic one on whether to keep the lights on. Many were required to close their doors after municipal mandates were put in place and some decided to remain open, despite record-low occupancy levels, to house pandemic-related first responders and other essential personnel related to the fallout from the spread of coronavirus, largely in place of more traditional sources of demand during "normal times".

A Model for Hotels to Hospitals (H2H ©) During an Unprecedented Era

By Fred DeMicco

During the early months of 2020, once it was apparent that the novel coronavirus (COVID19) was a global pandemic, people everywhere started to think of creative solutions to help ease the problems of the virus.

Planning the Aftermath of Post-COVID Hotel Luxury

By Larry Mogelonsky

The challenges facing hotels in the post-COVID environment are massive. Old planning guidelines are irrelevant. For hotels in the luxury segment, where close contact with guests was almost literally mandated, it will be particularly pressing to find new ways to meet these time-honored standards.

Impact of COVID-19 on the Tucson Hotel Market

By Luigi Major

As with the rest of the country, the Tucson lodging market has been negatively affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. After reaching an all-time peak in performance in 2019, following eight years of nearly year-over-year growth, hotel performance came to a screeching halt in early March when travel restrictions began to take place around the country.