Jessica Bula

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Last week IMN hosted an inaugural New Hotel and Development Conference in New York City.  The gathering of developers, hotel operators, brands and other hospitality service providers was very upbeat.  Many panelists indicated that they were more optimistic now than they had been six months ago.  They credited the state of the macro economy and stimulus provided by the recent tax reforms.…
It seems fitting that Marriott’s upcoming acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts (creating one of the largest hotel companies in the world) is anticipated to occur during the prime summer vacation season.  The combined company will be comprised of more than 5,500 hotels and 30 brands.  By way of comparison, Hilton is comprised of over 4,600 hotels and 13 brands and International Hotels Group is comprised of over 5,000 hotels and 10 brands.…