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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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Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

In his recently released book, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, sociologist and 2016 MacArthur Fellow Matthew Desmond explores life for low-income renters and their landlords in two high-poverty Milwaukee communities. How Housing Matters spoke with Desmond about his research and its implications for housing policy.

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Independent, “Soft” Hotel Brands Bank on Storytelling, Social Media–Ready Moments

As competition for the dollars of vacationers and business travelers ratchets up, hotel companies are on a never-ending search for ways to differentiate themselves. Guests are looking for uniqueness, local flavor and history, and bespoke experiences that they can capture and share instantly through social media networks, according to a panel of hotel industry experts at the recent ULI Florida Summit in Miami.

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