Category: Hospitality

How Eco-Tourism Benefits You

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We all heard a little bit about the recent COP21 climate talks that took place in Paris. Joe Romm, founder of the Climate Progress blog, called the climate change agreement a “literally world-changing deal,” but, really, to what extent does the public…

International Hospitality: Looking Forward to 2016

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Compared to asset types like multifamily, which heated up extremely quickly in the wake of the Recession, the lodging real estate sector has taken a little more time to regain its footing following the economic downturn of 2008-09. When the recession hit–with…

The Top Trends in Global Hospitality: A Drinking Game

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Who’s ready for the First Annual Llenrock Blog Hospitality Buzzword Drinking Game??? It’s simple: as we explore the trends shaping hotel investment, development, and operations in 2015, we’ll take a (real or imaginary) swig every time we stumble upon a…

The Choice Is Yours (Sort Of)

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2015 has been an exciting time for mergers and acquisitions. The year has unveiled some historically significant merger announcements, most notably the Walgreens/Rite Aid partnership (which has reverberated throughout the traditional retail space as landlords and operators anticipate shifts in their tenant roster)…

Hostels, 2.0

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Have you seen the movie Hostel? One of Hollywood’s most commercially successful snuff films (let’s call it like it is), this torture-tastic horror film basically takes longstanding mischaracterizations of the European hostel experience and uses them as a pretext to hang our…

Four Hotels Win Big in 2015 INDIE Hotel Awards

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The Llenrock Group-sponsored Independent Lodging Congress recently wrapped up the voting for its first annual INDIE Hotel Awards. All four award-winning properties are quite prominent, but contrary to some expectations, only two of the winners are based in indie hotel hub…

Guest Post from ILC: Independent Hotels and the Airbnb Effect

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Independent Hotels and the Airbnb Effect A Guest Post from Independent Lodging Congress If you’re tired of hearing about Airbnb’s impact on the traditional lodging industry, you have probably already skipped this post upon reading its title. On the off…

Guest Post from ILC: Q & A with Bashar Wali, Provenance Hotels

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Guest Post from Independent Lodging Congress: Q & A with Bashar Wali, President | Provenance Hotels As part of our ongoing Q&A series, we are pleased to feature an interview with influential West Coast hotelier Bashar Wali! Mr. Wali will be…

Boutique, Lifestyle Brand, or Soft Brand?

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Guest Post from Independent Lodging Congress: Boutique, Lifestyle Brand, or Soft Brand?  Soft brand hotels have entered the public spotlight following the moves of several major hotel chains. In addition to its Luxury Collection brand, Starwood launched its new soft…