2019 Hotel Investor Forecast

Tuesday, December 11, 2018
2019 Hotel Investor Forecast
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Central Time)

This free, one-hour webinar, presented by the School of Hotel Administration at the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, will assess both the macroeconomic and industry-specific factors shaping the 2019 hospitality development climate.

Join Cornell Associate Professor Jan deRoos for a lively panel discussion and audience Q&A with leading consultants, brokers and developers on topics such as:

  • Hotel valuations
  • Merger and acquisition activity
  • Development pipeline outlook
  • Debt and equity climate

Expert panelists include:

M&A expert Gilda Perez-Alvarado, newly named Americas CEO, Hotels & Hospitality for the Americas, JLL. The firm’s highest-ranking women leaders, as well as one of the youngest, has facilitated US$24.5 billion in cross-border hotel sales over the past five years. Her high-profile transactions include the Intercontinental Porto, The Plaza Hotel New York, Fairmont Copley Plaza, Boston, and St. Regis San Francisco, among others.

Valuation expert Suzanne Mellen, senior managing director - practice leader, HVS, San Francisco. Mellen has appraised thousands of hotels, gaming assets, and related real estate throughout the world over the past 40 years. She specializes in complex hotel and casino feasibility issues. In 2012 and 2013, she led the valuation of several high-profile, multibillion-dollar hotel portfolios. In that time, she also developed an expertise in the valuation of casinos for assessment purposes and recently testified as an expert witness in one of the nation’s largest casino property tax cases.

Developer and REIT CEO Jay H. Shah of Hersha Hospitality Trust, Philadelphia. Jay is involved in all areas of the business with a particular emphasis on strategic relationships, capital transactions, asset management and acquisitions. Hersha’s 49 hotels totaling 7,666 rooms are located in New York, Washington, DC, Boston, Philadelphia, Miami and select markets on the West Coast.

Moderator, Jan A. deRoos is the HVS Professor of Hotel Finance and Real Estate at the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business. He has devoted his career to teaching and research related to hospitality real estate, with a focus on the valuation, financing, development, and control of lodging, timeshare, and restaurant assets. DeRoos has developed two online executive education programs for real estate professionals; one with a broad real estate industry perspective and a second that focuses on lodging.


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