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Early Check-In

First thing every Monday morning, hospitality reporter Cameron Sperance brings readers exclusive reporting and insights into hotel deals and development, and how those trends are making an impact across the travel industry.

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Hotel Construction Is Dwindling in the Middle East Despite Big Brand Interest

The pace of hotel development in the Middle East has fallen for more than a year, but companies aren't shying away from introducing new brands to the region. If it can sustain its winter travel appeal — and that's a big if — expect the development pendulum to swing in a positive direction.

Hotel Construction Is Dwindling in the Middle East Despite Big Brand Interest

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Japan Added Thousands of Hotel Rooms Ahead of the Olympics: Now What?

The pandemic shows just how futile it is to build a hotel just for the sake of an event like the Olympics. Real estate is a long-term play.

Japan Added Thousands of Hotel Rooms Ahead of the Olympics: Now What?

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The Biggest Hotel Deal of the Pandemic So Far Does Not Signal Future Deals

What distress? The $6 billion price tag on Extended Stay America is a result of its real estate and durable customer base. Period. That is why it is significantly outpacing the rest of the hotel industry during the pandemic.

The Biggest Hotel Deal of the Pandemic So Far Does Not Signal Future Deals

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This $1.4 Billion Deal Underscores How Hungry Big Hotel-Branded Timeshares Are to Expand

The timeshare sector continues to see a significant level of acquisitions fit into the branded-is-better argument. Other types of hotel deals are still a ways off, if at all, due to uncertainty in the recovery.

This $1.4 Billion Deal Underscores How Hungry Big Hotel-Branded Timeshares Are to Expand

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What a $6.25 Billion Sale in Vegas Says About the Future of Convention Hotels

What Las Vegas convention travel downturn? The $6.25 billion Las Vegas Sands sale last week is more a testament to confidence in the meetings and event travel rebound than it is to the current business climate.

What a $6.25 Billion Sale in Vegas Says About the Future of Convention Hotels

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No Pause on Hotel Deals in China Despite Recovery Setback

Even short-term headwinds in China's hotel recovery from the pandemic isn't deterring global hotel companies from flooding the market with new developments.

No Pause on Hotel Deals in China Despite Recovery Setback

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The Great Pandemic Hotel Deals That Never Showed Up for Investors

The opportunities for steep discounts on hotel real estate from the pandemic are fading, as property owners are increasingly optimistic about what the vaccine can do for summer travel demand.

The Great Pandemic Hotel Deals That Never Showed Up for Investors