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In Focus: HMAs, extended stay and representation in the workplace

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Hotel Management Agreements are one of the hot topics on this week's In Focus as we are joined by guest Karen Friebe of Bird & Bird, while Julie Rey-Gore is in conversation with Alexi Khajavi to cover the top stories from this week. One of those being Blackstone and Starwood's acquisition of Extended Stay America.

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    Laura Brinkmann, VP Private Equity at Brookfield Asset management, sat down with Alexi Khajavi to talk about asset managing through the crisis and the strength of their various asset classes. Student housing in particular has been a robust sector in the past, lean in for Brinkman's view on this.  Brinkman discusses how they applied their learnings of the global financial crisis meaning they were well capitalised going into this crisis with relatively low leverage. What markets will they be investing in? In terms of trading performance, what asset class has been the most consistent?  Not to be missed! 
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    How are stakeholders innovating to support each other, ensuring a strong recovery? Where are the opportunities to innovate for owners and brands and how will it impact the guest? Pritchard asks what it will cost the owners and how can they measure a return on that investment. In this discussion, sustainability, talent, and technology are just some of the topics in review.  Are brands doing enough to demonstrate the value that they bring? As Harnisch highlights "the need to invest in innovation is higher than ever but the ability to do so is very low." It comes at a cost and owners are already looking for more transparency of costs and system fees. Anand adds that Marriott are looking at how they can deliver the best returns for the owners, as they assess their competitiveness in the market while Menis Dyksztein mentions flexible lease structures which will be more agreeable for both owner and operator. Lean in for expert opinions and insight from our IHIF Advisory Board.  Hosted by Alexi Khajavi, President of Questex Hospitality & Travel, Jonathan Langston, Chair IHIF Advisory Board with guests: Satya Anand, President, EMEA, Marriott International Olivier Harnisch, Head of Hospitality, Public Investment Fund Paula Menis Dyksztein, COO, Excem Real Estate S.L.  Owen Pritchard, Chief Operating Officer, Hotels, CBRE.  Never miss a thing, keep up to date with the IHIF event and news here. 
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    Looking back at the In Focus series from 2020, we have highlighted some key moments and conversations about the people behind the industry and how to retain that workforce. 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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    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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    Elie Younes sat down with Katherine Doggrell this week on In Focus to discuss their new conversion brand as well as their move towards being more active in the serviced apartments area because who doesn't need a serviced apartment in their portfolio? Join us for fascinating insight from Radisson Hotel Group's SVP and CDO alongside our Editor in Chief, Katherine Doggrell.  Younes disucsses owner profiles, investment opportunities and leases, Radisson's new conversion brand and much more. Don't miss the full series here.  We want to support the people who have supported us while the industry adapts and are offering six months’ free access to Hospitality Insights to those between jobs. Please click here to apply.  #solidaritywithhospitality
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    As the trend for serviced apartments continues to accelerate, Alexi Khajavi and Katherine Doggrell look to the global players to review how they are develping their portfolio with this asset class in mind. And Elie Younes, SVP and CDO of Radisson Hotels Group, joins us to discuss their new conversion brand as well as their move towards being more active in the serviced apartments area because who doesn't need a serviced apartment in their portfolio?
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    In a hurry? Catch the trailer to this week's new In Focus episode to find out what the team are discussing from the latest news and developments in hospitality and travel.. This week's guests include Andrew Harrington from AHV Associates and David Orr, CEO of Resident Hotels.
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    Alexi Khajavi & Katherine Doggrell discuss the deals and bargains out there for investors. "This is the hotel sector, a mature asset class....you can bank on it so long as you take a long term view."  The surge of optimism following news of a vaccine may lead to a wall of assets on the market and while "there is still time to pick up a bargain" for investors, sellers need to get in there now to make a deal. Other discussions include Pandox Hotel Market Day, the latest tech from NH Hotel Group, Brands and loyalty programmes, and a throwback to timeshares...Will we see a comeback?  Don't miss guest Tom Oakden's episode in discussion with Katherine Doggrell and find out what he means about "certainty of sale".  Don't miss out, sign up to get daily insights that power the deal. We want to support the people who have supported us while the industry adapts and are offering six months’ free access to Hospitality Insights to those between jobs. Please click here to apply.  #solidaritywithhospitality
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    This week on In Focus Alexi & Katherine are back to talk about transactions. What does March hold for the transactions market? As sellers refuse to sell for the price buyers want and buyers refuse to pay the price the sellers want. Sellers seem to be able to hold off due to the financial support from the Government and banks right now but what will be the icebreaker in this standoff? Join us this week for all the latest news and development in the hospitality industry with Alexi Khajavi, Katherine Doggrell and this week's guest Tom Oakden of Hilltop Hospitality Advisors.  In discussion with Katherine, Tom explains "if sellers don't sell now, there will be a wall of assets on the market" and buyers will see a wall of capital competing their capital....What we need to see are deals which will lead to pricing discovery with transactions beginning to happen at prices both parties are comfortable with and that "certainty of sale" will emerge. Is it better to be the first or last to the party? As the market piles up, now is the time to consider the value of your assets. Alexi & Katherine discuss the deals and bargains out there for investors. "This is the hotel sector, a mature asset class....you can bank on it so long as you take a long term view."  And of course, the latest opinions on Airbnb developments and news as Tom, Alexi and Katherine take a historic look at the company and how they have adapted and developed as a brand and why disruptors are so important for the growth of any sector. Don't miss out, sign up to get daily insights that power the deal. We want to support the people who have supported us while the industry adapts and are offering six months’ free access to Hospitality Insights to those between jobs. Please click here to apply.  #solidaritywithhospitality