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HVS Market Pulse: Luang Prabang, Laos

Luang Prabang is located in north central Laos on a peninsula bounded by the Mekong River to the north and the Khan River to the east. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Since 1995, Luang Prabang attracts tourists from international and regional markets through a combination of preserved cultural experiences and natural beauty within the province. The following article gives a brief overview of Luang Prabang, its tourism industry and recent dynamics of the local lodging market.

The Reopening of Las Vegas Casinos During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Governor Sisolak authorized certain businesses, including restaurants, barbershops, hair salons, and most retail businesses, to reopen with limitations beginning May 9, 2020, and Nevada began its emergence from the pandemic shutdown. Nevada’s casinos were allowed to reopen on June 4, 2020, with restrictions. While the pandemic is far from over, this article examines some of the differences observed in casinos in the Las Vegas market since reopening and what has been learned thus far.

Major Las Vegas Development Projects Status Update

During the three years preceding the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Las Vegas had entered a cycle of new development after the prolonged recovery from the 2008 Great Recession. The ongoing construction of major demand generators throughout the closure period is important to the eventual recovery of the Las Vegas market. This article summarizes the available information regarding the status of major tourism-related projects in the Las Vegas market.

HVS: Emerging Hotel Brands

While numerous lodging brands are available to hotel owners through franchises, new brands continue to emerge. In 2020, several new brands have been introduced, providing unique niches in the marketplace to meet the demands of both hotel owners and guests. This article reviews the brands announced in 2020 and considers how they are poised to operate during the current economic climate.

Organizational Restructuring in the Restaurant Industry Post COVID-19

In an ideal world, the restaurant industry would reopen after the Covid-19 pandemic to hordes of diners hungry to make up for lost time. The reality, however, is that a large percentage of former customers simply won’t have money to spend dining out.

HVS: Temporarily Closed Hotels Due to COVID-19: When to Reopen?

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.

HVS: COVID-19 Impact on Hotels in Asia Pacific

While the pandemic is anticipated to prolong, hotels should start to draw up plans in preparation for a recovery. In the meanwhile, it is the perfect time to relook into operational strategies, cost-saving initiatives, refurbishment, marketing distribution channels, staff training and technology upgrade.

HVS CPACE Strategy for Avoiding Loan Loss Reserves and Preserving Equity Capital

What realistic choices does a bank have in handling anything from short-term loan modifications through major troubled debt restructuring without ultimately dealing with the adverse effects related thereto? And, as an alternative, does a lender really want to fight through a foreclosure process and likely Chapter 11 counter filings by the borrower?

The Impact of COVID-19 on Hotel Occupancy Levels in Athens and Thessaloniki

This article attempts to assess the impact of COVID-19 on hotel occupancy levels in hotels in Athens and Thessaloniki for 2020 by developing a market simulation featuring three different scenarios, each one of them reflecting the range of potential recovery of the hotel sector.

Impact of COVID-19 on Los Angeles & Southern California Hotel Markets

A record-breaking decade of growth in the hospitality space in Southern California has now been brought to a halt by COVID-19. This article explores the impact of the pandemic on Los Angeles and other major Southern California hotel markets.
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