HVS Monday Musings: Being Frugal in 2021 – Is this One of the Lessons We Learned from the Pandemic?
HVS Monday Musings: Being Frugal in 2021 – Is this One of the Lessons We Learned from the Pandemic? — By Ajay Mehtani

HVS · 11 Jan

A crisis is often needed to make drastic changes and the ongoing pandemic is one of the most challenging crises that the world has faced since the Second World War. The COVID-19 outbreak came in suddenly, swept across the world and changed us in an unprecedented way - not only our businesses but even the way we live.

2021 New Year Message – Potential for a Huge Rise in Insolvencies and Job Losses in the UK Hotel Sector
2021 New Year Message – Potential for a Huge Rise in Insolvencies and Job Losses in the UK Hotel Sector — By Russell Kett

HVS · 8 Jan

Like many people, I returned to my desk this week after the now-familiar five-second commute between the kitchen and my office at home and pondered what the New Year is likely to bring the UK hotel industry. By the time Boris Johnson started his TV broadcast at 8pm on Monday and Lockdown 3.0 had now commenced, any optimism we might have had was substantially depleted.

HVS Monday Musings: Granting Industry and Infrastructure Status to the Indian Hospitality Sector is the Need of the Hour
HVS Monday Musings: Granting Industry and Infrastructure Status to the Indian Hospitality Sector is the Need of the Hour — By Mandeep S Lamba, Dipti Mohan

HVS · 21 Dec

In the past few months, several state governments have been proactively lending a helping hand to the tourism & hospitality sector in their respective states, providing various relief measures to help the sector stay afloat during these trying times. Last month, in a move to reboot the sector, the Maharashtra government conferred 'industry' status to the state's hospitality sector.

HVS Monday Musings: COVID Cost Factor (CCF) - Are we willing to change the status quo in India?
HVS Monday Musings: COVID Cost Factor (CCF) - Are we willing to change the status quo in India? — By Ajay Mehtani

HVS · 7 Dec

All hotels strive to improve and reduce costs on an ongoing basis. During the normal course of operations, hotels try to achieve this by implementing various techniques, such as using alternate products, implementing process improvements, enhancing inventory management, and evaluating more efficient equipment, which allow them to save certain costs during the year. But the question here is whether these efficiencies are significant enough.

HVS Monday Musings: Hotel Feasibility Study will Become Critical in the COVID era
HVS Monday Musings: Hotel Feasibility Study will Become Critical in the COVID era — By Mandeep S Lamba, Dipti Mohan, Akash Datta

HVS · 16 Nov

COVID-19 has dramatically changed every aspect of life as we knew it, including the way we conduct our business. Though demand will be subdued for the near to medium term, we expect the industry to regain its 2019 glory in the next 2-3 years, making this an opportune time to invest in hotels.

HVS Monday Musings: The Dichotomy between Management Fee and Franchising Fee in India
HVS Monday Musings: The Dichotomy between Management Fee and Franchising Fee in India — By Dipti Mohan, Akash Datta

HVS · 26 Oct

Asset-light operating models have become the main stay for growth of many of the major hotel companies in India, with Management Agreements being the preferred structure. The other major asset-light model - Franchising - though is yet to gain significant traction in the country. Approximately 14% of the total brand signings in 2019 were franchised properties as compared to 10% in 2018. On the other hand, Management Agreements accounted for 76% of the total brand signings in both 2019 and 2018. In contrast, hotel franchises are the most popular model in mature markets like the US, where almost 80% are franchised.

2020 HVS Lodging Tax Report - USA
2020 HVS Lodging Tax Report - USA — By Thomas A. Hazinski, Joseph Hansel

HVS · 23 Oct

While prior HVS annual lodging tax studies have looked back on tax rates and revenues across the United States, this ninth annual Lodging Tax Study also looks forward and assesses the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This analysis of 25 major US markets illustrates the depth of the impact on the hospitality industry and projects a pattern of recovery over the next few years. HVS also provides historical data on tax rates and the collection and distribution of revenue from lodging taxes levied in all 50 States and the 150 largest US cities.

HVS Guide to Hotel Management Contracts
HVS Guide to Hotel Management Contracts — By Daniel J. Voellm, Eunice Wong

HVS · 21 Oct

Among all the many peculiarities of the hotel industry, the hotel management contract is likely the most unique. A binding contract between owners and operators, it has evolved over almost six decades. In fact, the first hotel management contract was signed for the Hong Kong Hilton, which opened in 1963.

U.S. Hotel Development Cost Survey 2020
U.S. Hotel Development Cost Survey 2020 — By Luigi Major

HVS · 15 Oct

In 2019, the national lodging market reached new heights, with hotels reporting the highest occupancy and ADR levels ever recorded. Similarly, hotel development continued at a steady pace, with new hotels opening to a burgeoning market and new and exciting projects continuously being moved through the development pipeline. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, government restrictions, travel and group cancellations, and an overall fear of traveling have caused an unprecedented drop in travel and tourism demand in the country and around the world, which has resulted in substantially lower occupancies and average rates.

HVS Musings: Mixed-Use Development - The Most Sustainable Model For Hotels Going Forward
HVS Musings: Mixed-Use Development - The Most Sustainable Model For Hotels Going Forward — By Mandeep S Lamba, Dipti Mohan, Akash Datta

HVS · 14 Oct

Mixed-use development, usually a planned combination of hotels, retail, office or residential space, is a fairly widespread concept globally with several such iconic projects around the world. In the last decade or so, the concept has been gaining ground in India as well, though the combination (two or more elements) of retail, office, and residential spaces have been more popular. However, as investors look to maximize returns through efficient land usage and optimal utilization of FSI, hotels have also been added to the mix.

HVS Musings: DCF is the most appropriate method of hotel valuations, especially during the COVID era
HVS Musings: DCF is the most appropriate method of hotel valuations, especially during the COVID era — By Dipti Mohan, Akash Datta

HVS · 6 Oct

In a market like India, where land most often than not is mis-appropriately valued resulting in exaggerated project costs and hotel transactions are limited in number, the only viable methodology that remains relevant especially in the current uncertain & volatile market scenario is that of Discounted Cash Flows (DCF). Moreover, the current pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on the hospitality sector, with hotels being temporarily closed and the sector witnessing all-time low performance metrics, by the virtue of which, assessing the value of a hotel on current income fails miserably.

Evolution of Hotel Management Agreements and Rise of Alternative Agreements
Evolution of Hotel Management Agreements and Rise of Alternative Agreements — By Hala Matar Choufany, Ersin Yildirim

HVS · 30 Sep

Hotels are complicated investments and therefore selecting an appropriate hotel agreement for a property requires exhaustive research and investigation by an investor. The choice of an operator as well as the hotel operating agreement has a significant impact on the cashflow and the potential value of the property. Hotels and the hospitality market are constantly evolving as a result of brands consolidating, owner profiles changing, technology disruption, changing traveler behavior as well as hotel investment trends altering.

Property Taxes Post COVID-19
Property Taxes Post COVID-19 — By Suzanne R. Mellen, Brian F. Bisema

HVS · 29 Sep

After realizing record-high RevPAR levels with over 100 consecutive months of growth, the lodging industry continued to strengthen through 2019, albeit at a significantly more tempered rate. Then, in the first quarter of 2020, COVID-19 struck. The unimaginable pandemic erased years of RevPAR gains virtually overnight, leaving owners and operators scrambling to strategize the forthcoming steps. While logistics pertaining to reopening hotels, new sanitation standards, and controlling variable operational expenses are on the forefront of hoteliers' minds, fixed expenses, particularly an asset's property tax burden, are also key factors that hotel owners should keep on the horizon.

HVS Monday Musings: Hotel Owners Should Think Like Institutional Owners in the Post-COVID Era
HVS Monday Musings: Hotel Owners Should Think Like Institutional Owners in the Post-COVID Era — By Dipti Mohan, Akash Datta

HVS · 14 Sep

As we all gradually get back to business one of the pertinent questions that is being asked is whether hotels can still be considered a good investment vehicle going forward. We believe the answer to be a big 'yes'. It's true that the demand will be subdued for the near to medium term, but the industry is expected to regain its 2019 glory in the next 2-3 years, and this is perhaps an opportune time to invest in hotels. However, hotel owners need to re-evaluate their investment objectives and don the hat of an institutional investor now more than ever.

HVS Monday Musings: Improving Hotel ROI – Thinking Out of Box from Design to Operations
HVS Monday Musings: Improving Hotel ROI – Thinking Out of Box from Design to Operations — By Ajay Mehtani

HVS · 31 Aug

As an industry there is a need to make hotels more viable. The pandemic has taught us to rethink in this direction and develop hotel assets that can drive higher ROI. It can only be done when we look at making changes from Design to Operations. Ideally, we should make changes to the industry status, compliance cost and interest cost, however, as these are policy matters, we cannot do much ourselves.

HVS Monday Musings: Why Professional Asset Management Adds Value to Hotel Investors?
HVS Monday Musings: Why Professional Asset Management Adds Value to Hotel Investors? — By Dipti Mohan, Ajay Mehtani

HVS · 24 Aug

The role of a professional Asset Manager has traditionally been underplayed in India, even though the expertise brought in by a quality Asset Manager can yield great results for Investors. This is already a proven fact in several mature markets where Hotel Investors extensively use their services. The role of the Asset Manager has become even more crucial in the current times of uncharted waters.How do professional Asset Managers add value to Hotel Investors? Asset Managers work with owners to maximize the asset value and potential by optimizing operational efficiencies to deliver better ROI.

HVS Asia-Pacific Hotel Law Guide
HVS Asia-Pacific Hotel Law Guide — By Daniel J. Voellm, Eunice Wong

HVS · 3 Aug

The Hotel Law Guide helps serve hotel real estate owners, developers and operators as a reference for experienced and well-known lawyers and attorneys with a track record in Asia Pacific region. Each law firm highlights their representative attorneys with the type of services offered and notable projects.

Hotel Operators Must Be Flexible, Be Lean and React Quickly to Change, says HVS Webinar Panellists
Hotel Operators Must Be Flexible, Be Lean and React Quickly to Change, says HVS Webinar Panellists — By Russell Kett

HVS · 10 Jul

The issue of financing the cost of reopening the hotel sector was the hot topic tackled in the second hotel webinar organised by global hotel consultancy HVS, legal firm Bird & Bird, EP Hospitality and AlixPartners, which was held yesterday [8th July].

The Case for Targeted Federal Aid to DMOs and Tourism Agencies
The Case for Targeted Federal Aid to DMOs and Tourism Agencies — By Thomas A. Hazinski, Joseph Hansel

HVS · 5 Jun

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed at risk the substantial investment of state and local governments in the tourism and hospitality industries. Publicly funded destination marketing organizations ("DMOs"), tourism agencies, and convention centers face budget shortfalls, staffing reductions, and growing financial uncertainty. Targeted federal aid is urgently needed to support DMOs, tourism agencies, and convention centers whose work is critical to the recovery of vital sectors of the US economy.

HVS: Temporarily Closed Hotels Due to COVID-19: When to Reopen?
HVS: Temporarily Closed Hotels Due to COVID-19: When to Reopen? — By Suzanne R. Mellen, Neil J. Flavin

HVS · 12 May

With the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. in early to mid-March 2020, hotel owners and managers watched demand for their rooms suddenly evaporate. Since then, tough decisions have been made regarding whether to remain open or temporarily suspend operations. Hotels that have temporarily suspended operations now need to decide when to reopen. This article addresses the considerations to be weighed in this process and provides one example of the calculus for a hypothetical hotel.

Will Ancillary Revenues become Primary Revenues in the COVID Era?
Will Ancillary Revenues become Primary Revenues in the COVID Era? — By Ajay Mehtani

HVS · 7 May

HVS ANAROCK spoke about ancillary revenues in early 2019 and the concept of focusing on Revenue Per Square Feet at our HOPE conference again in Bengaluru in August last year - thus, initiating a dialogue with the industry on the concepts of Total Revenue Management.When the times are good, Ancillary Revenues seem very small and we let the opportunity pass by, as the effort does not add up to the return!

HVS CPACE Strategy for Avoiding Loan Loss Reserves and Preserving Equity Capital
HVS CPACE Strategy for Avoiding Loan Loss Reserves and Preserving Equity Capital — By Kathy Conroy

HVS · 30 Apr

A recently published article by several of my colleagues at HVS forecasts the expected pattern of decline, and the subsequent recovery, in the market value of hotels in the United States under "best case," "most likely case," and "worst case" scenarios. And while they further acknowledge a variety of factors that will also influence the ultimate value impact realized by a hotel under each of these scenarios, the decline in asset value under the "most likely" scenario is expected to average 26% in 2020, with 2019 market values not being fully recovered until 2023, at which time they are anticipated to surpass 100% of the 2019 market value.

HVS Hotel Transaction Activity: The Factors Influencing a Return to Normalcy in a Post-COVID-19 Time
HVS Hotel Transaction Activity: The Factors Influencing a Return to Normalcy in a Post-COVID-19 Time — By Drew Noecker

HVS · 20 Apr

As a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the HVS Team has received many questions about when U.S. hotel transaction volume will return to reasonable, pre-pandemic levels. While we do not have a definite answer, as these circumstances are evolving daily, we have tried to use past events to provide some insight on the factors that would affect a possible rebound. We see the anticipated volume declining because of COVID-19.

HVS COVID-19 Impact on Lodging Tax Revenues
HVS COVID-19 Impact on Lodging Tax Revenues — By Thomas A. Hazinski, Joseph Hansel

HVS · 17 Apr

HVS modeled the anticipated RevPAR declines during the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on patterns of recovery following the two most recent recessions, we projected the lodging tax revenues of 24 urban markets in the United States. Comparing these projections to a baseline scenario without the pandemic, HVS estimates combined losses of 24 major U.S. markets could range from $4.0 to $5.5 billion of lodging tax revenues. Lodging tax losses of this magnitude will force bondholders, destination marketing organizations, and other stakeholders to consider steps such as debt refinancing or seeking alternative revenue streams until the hospitality industry recovers from this pandemic.

The Impact of COVID-19 on Hotel Values
The Impact of COVID-19 on Hotel Values — By Suzanne R. Mellen, Anne Lloyd-Jones, Tanya J. Pierson

HVS · 14 Apr

The COVID-19 pandemic and the related restrictions on travel, business activity, and individual movement are having an unprecedented impact on our industry and economy. Hotel owners, operators, lenders, and investors are all facing greater challenges than ever anticipated, as they grapple with plummeting occupancy, average rate (ADR), and RevPAR and seek solutions to mitigate the impact on EBITDA. Owners and operators are dealing with the current crisis day-to-day, making hard decisions regarding staffing, continuing or suspending operations, and having difficult conversations with their management companies, franchisors, lenders, and investors.

HVS Brokerage Insight: Outlook for Transactions in the Wake of COVID-19
HVS Brokerage Insight: Outlook for Transactions in the Wake of COVID-19 — By Dustin Robinett, Kelson Reimer

HVS · 21 Mar

As of February 2020, the market remained strong, with low-interest rates continuing to attract investors despite some softening in the outlook for the industry. It's a whole different world just a few weeks later. The coronavirus (COVID-19) has directly impacted the hotel industry through the expeditious cancellations or postponements of large events and business travel across the country.