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In Focus Best of: Transactions

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Looking back at the In Focus series from 2020, we have highlighted some key moments and conversations about transactions, brands, deals and bargains.  Join us for a glimpse into the many conversations between Alexi Khajavi. Julie Rey-Gore and Katherine Doggrell and just a few of the many guests who joined us to review the latest news and developments in the sector.  Never miss a thing, you can view the full In Focus series over here. 

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    Katherine interviews John Falik, Founder & CEO of JP Capital Advisors this week on In Focus. JF Capital Advisors specialises in the hospitality industry and provides clients and partners a broad range of strategic and capital market solutions. Jonathan leads the firm's hospitality business, which includes equity and debt placement, asset acquisitions and dispositions, portfolio transactions, JV structuring, asset management, management company and brand evaluation, and strategic and capital markets advisory services. Katherine and Jonathan compare luxury and budget investment opportunities, and how the market looks for both short and long term investment, "long term investors are very excited by where we are in the cycle".  While its easier to get funding for Budget hotels at the moment, there will always be demand for high end luxury hotels as they are seen as a more attractive asset in the long term.  And Katherine asks is now the time we will see an equitable relationship between the brands and investors? Lean in for a fascinating discussion on investment. 
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    In this episode Alexi and Katherine catch up with Elaine Simon of Hotel Management to review the positive impact the vaccine news is having on the hospitality and travel industries. Alexi asks "Is it better to be lucky or good right now?" They take a look at results from the big brands such as Marriott and Hilton and how consumer behaviour is changing the big players stake in the market. Just how much can the brands rely on the success seen in China, will it be enough to keep them out of trouble? Will investors now look to the extended stay market as not just an alternative asset but a core asset alongside hotels? The team discuss Airbnb, and Elaine dives into how valuable the extended stay sector is for the hospitality industry with a spotlight on the US.  Also looking to REITs and the brand/operator relationships. There has always been friction here, was it just a matter of time before this became a bigger conversation? Will they be saved by the vaccine?  Join us for a thoroughly engaging discussion and debate on the latest hospitality developments.  You can view the wrap up edit here and also the full interview with guest Jonathan Falik here. 
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    Radisson Hotel Group has launched Radisson Individuals, giving independent hotels and small chains access to the group’s platform.
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    Online booking
    Travellers were 57% more likely to book a hotel via an OTA than before the pandemic, according to research from Expedia Group.
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    Investment
    Service Properties Trust has cuts its management agreements with Marriott International across 122 properties.
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    We explore the stories and people behind the hospitality news of investment, development and operations. The hospitality industry is moving at a pace we have never seen before which makes it more important than ever to come together, share information, and discuss the shape of the future. Katherine joins us this week with her guest Matthias Huettebraeuker, Brand & Hospitality Strategist, to discuss the acceleration of trends in travel and the workplace and what this means for the sector. Don't miss the full interview Brand & Hospitality Strategist Matthias Huettebraeuker as well as the latest from Alexi & Katherine on all things consolidation, distribution and design.
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    Alexi Khajavi and Katherine Doggrell discuss consolidation rumours, Airbnb news and design and distribution strategies and Katherine sat down with Lennert de Jong, Chief Commercial Officer at citizenM to discuss their latest innovations to improve the guest experience and Matthias Huettebraeuker, Brand & Hospitality Strategist to discuss the acceleration of trends in travel and the workplace and what this means for the sector. 
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    Video - In Focus
    We explore the stories and people behind the hospitality news of investment, development and operations. The hospitality industry is moving at a pace we have never seen before which makes it more important than ever to come together, share information, and discuss the shape of the future.  Alexi Khajavi and Katherine Doggrell discuss consolidation rumours, Airbnb news and design and distribution strategies.  While Katherine caught up with Lennert de Jong, Chief Commercial Officer at citizenM to discuss their latest innovations to improve the guest experience and Matthias Huettebraeuker, Brand & Hospitality Strategist to discuss the acceleration of trends in travel and the workplace and what this means for the sector.  Watch the full length interviews to get the full story.