ALIS Award Finalists Announced
Biggest Hospitality Investment Deals of 2008 Recognized at 2009 ALIS Conference
Nominees in the four award categories include:
Jack A. Shaffer Financial Advisor of the Year 2008
- Thomas C. Fisher, managing director, Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels
- Jackson Hsieh, managing director and global head of real estate, lodging & leisure group, UBS Investment Bank
- Robert T. Koger, president, Molinaro Koger
Development of the Year 2008
- The 1,594-room Fontainebleau Miami Beach (Miami, Florida), developed at a cost of approximately $1 billion by Fontainebleau Resorts, LLC.
- The 2,000-room Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center (Washington, D.C./ National Harbor, MD), developed at a cost of approximately $1 billion by Gaylord Entertainment
- The 1,190-room Hilton San Diego Bayfront (San Diego, California), developed at a cost of $348 million by Portman Holdings, LLC and Phelps Development, LLC.
- The 328-room The Blackstone, A Renaissance Hotel (Chicago, Illinois), developed at a cost of $128 million by Sage Hospitality
Single Asset Transaction of the Year 2008
- Thayer Hotel Investors IV purchase of the 316-room Hyatt Dulles (Washington Dulles International Airport, Fairfax County, Virginia) for $76.5 million, or approximately $242,088 per room, from Ashford Hospitality Trust
- Next Century Associates, LLC, a joint venture of Woodbridge Capital Partners and D.E. Shaw Group, purchase of the 726-room Hyatt Regency Century Plaza (Los Angeles, California) for $366.5 million, or approximately $504,821 per room, from Sunstone Century Star, LLC and Sunstone Century Star Lessee, Inc.
- Great Eagle Holdings (Langham Hotels), purchase of the 380-room Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel & Spa (Pasadena, California) for $165 million, or approximately $434,200 per room, from Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers, LLC.
Merger & Acquisition of the Year 2008
- Apollo Management and Texas Pacific Group acquire Harrah’s Entertainment – approximately $28 billion
- Inland American Lodging acquires 22-hotel portfolio from RLJ Development – $900 million
- Wyndham Worldwide acquires U.S. Franchise Systems from Global Hyatt Corporation – $131 million
Award winners will be announced on Tuesday, January 27. Other honorees during the 2009 ALIS conference include J.W. Marriott, Jr., chairman and CEO of Marriott International, Inc., who will receive the 2009 International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC) Pioneer Award, and Horst Schulze, president/CEO of West Paces Hotel Group, who will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his remarkable accomplishments in the founding and growth of the successful The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company and throughout his career.
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