From left to right: Gadi Kaufmann, Managing Director and CEO RCLCO with Bruce Baltin, Managing Director, CBRE Hotels, Leighton Collis, CEO, Bespoke and Chris Fair, President, Resonance Consultancy, speaking at a recent ULI conference in Carlsbad, California.

U.S. Hotel Industry Bracing for a Slower Year

After years of steady growth, the hotel industry is bracing for a tough year. “Growth and revenue are slowing down,” Bruce Baltin, managing director of CBRE Hotels, told executives and experts gathered for ULI’s “Hotel and Resort Development: Next Wave of Innovation” conference in La Costa, California, held June 20–22. “It’s hit a peak. We think we’re at a plateau.”

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What’s Working and What’s Not as Generational Shift Hits Hospitality Sector

The long-predicted generational shift in the hotel industry is starting to happen, according to speakers at ULI’s recent “Hotel and Resort Development: Next Wave of Innovation” conference in La Costa, California. Baby boomers are growing older and millennials are developing as a buying group, forcing developers and operators to rethink developments. Everyone is racing to determine what works—and what doesn’t—as projects look to adjust to the latest trends, speakers said.

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Food Adds Flavor (and Value) to Real Estate: “Agrihoods,” Food Halls and Other Food-based Concepts

Homebuyers and developers have developed an appetite for more food-based amenities, said panelists speaking at a ULI Food & Real Estate Forum in Tarrytown, New York. “One of the hottest trends in new home development is incorporating agriculture…communities that include working farms are popping up all over the country,” says Sarene Marshall, executive director of the ULI Center for Sustainability.

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Global strategist and author Parag Khanna speaking at the 2016 ULI Asia Pacific Summit in Shanghai.

Mapping the Future of a Global, Connected Civilization

The development of megacities will characterize the next evolution of urbanization, global strategist and author Parag Khanna told those attending the 2016 ULI Asia Pacific Summit in Shanghai in June.

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