Industry Update
External Article15 December 2010

Evidence of rising U.S. hotel asset values

By Daniel H. Lesser , President & CEO of LW Hospitality Advisors LLC (LWHA)

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The dramatic decline in United States hotel operating metrics and asset values during the Great Recession were much more severe than the downturns that took place during the Gulf War nearly 20 years ago and then immediately following 9/11. An analysis of the fundamental drivers of the U.S. hotel business compared with early 2009 demonstrates some of the reasons for the recent turnaround of the sector. While extremely modest, the U.S. economy today is expanding as compared with 24 months ago when it was clearly contracting.

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Daniel H. Lesser

Daniel H. Lesser, President & CEO of LW Hospitality Advisors LLC (LWHA), brings more than 35 years of expertise in a wide range of hospitality operational, investment counseling, valuation, advisory, and transactional services. He provides services to corporate, institutional, and individual clients as well as public agencies on all facets of hospitality real estate including: litigation support and expert testimony, site evaluation, highest and best use analysis, appraisals for mortgage, acquisition, and portfolio management, workout strategies, operational analysis, development consulting, property tax assessment appeal evaluations, economic impact studies, fairness opinions, deal structuring, and negotiation of management and franchise agreements.

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