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From the Editor: Prime TIme
Written by Rosanna Caira   
Friday, 09 May 2014 00:00

Rosanna-150x150For almost 15 years, Hotelier has dedicated its May issue to the topic of investment (see Investment Roundtable and stories, starting on p. 10). Clearly, investors are the lifeblood of the industry. They demonstrate confidence in business, allow developers to create new hotel entities and motivate operators to upgrade their properties through renovations, refurbishment and expansion. But, as each downturn teaches us, it’s hard to generate investment without strong travel patterns and solid growth.

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Presenting Hotelier and Starwood’s Fourth Annual Investment Roundtable
Written by Rosanna Caira   
Friday, 09 May 2014 00:00

140327_roundtable_may2014_0199-editThe Investment Low-down The teams at Hotelier magazine and Starwood Hotels and Resorts partner for the fourth-annual investment roundtable

Interview by Rosanna Caira.

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Last Year Was Memorable For Hotel Investments; This Year Looks Strong
Written by Mark Sparrow & Deborah Borotsik   
Friday, 09 May 2014 00:00

HotelierArticleIt looks like 2013 is the year to beat in Canada’s hotel investment sector since transaction volume approached $2.1 billion and represented the third-strongest year ever recorded. Transaction volume has only surpassed this threshold during the height of unprecedented merger and acquisition activity in 2006/2007 when annual volume averaged $3.8 billion. Activity this past year was fuelled by strengthening operating fundamentals, relatively stable cap rates in most markets, an abundance of equity capital, availability of diverse product and the relative ease of obtaining low cost debt financing. Solid domestic fundamentals mitigated global market concerns, including a rising U.S. dollar, volatility in European capital markets, hesitant growth projections in Asia-Pacific and the threat of escalating global conflicts such as the Ukraine crisis.

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The Future Looks Bright for the Hotel Real-Estate Market
Written by Robin McLuskie   
Friday, 09 May 2014 00:00

OpenMarketsThoughts of the global financial crisis moved to investors’ rear-view mirrors in 2013 as exhibited by the strong demand for a variety of assets. The proof is in the numbers as hotel transaction volume rose to more than $2 billion in 2013. Last year, the market was flush with capital, and the strong and diverse rotation of buyers and sellers took advantage of current conditions. Improvements in the lending environment were exhibited throughout 2013 and into 2014, aided principally by the all-time low cost of credit and an expanding universe of lenders attracted to the Canadian lodging industry. Below is a list of 10 reasons why it’s the optimal time in the Canadian hotel investment market for both capital flows and debt availability.

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