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Property Taxes Post COVID-19

Following waves of asset of appreciation, the pendulum has swung, and many hotels will be facing significant value declines in the current economic climate. As owners look for every way to reduce operating expenses, they should remain vigilant to pending fluctuations in real property assessment levels and proactive on appealing their assessments, if warranted.

The Impact of COVID-19 on the European Hotel Sector

A review of how European hotels have been affected by COVID-19 thus far and a forecast of the expected recovery over the next few years. This article also explores the factors that will influence willing buyers and sellers and looks at different scenarios to assess the evolution of EBITDA and value ranges. Note: This article first appeared in Bird & Bird's quarterly newsletter.

Las Vegas COVID-19 Pandemic Update

Nevada began its emergence from the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown on May 9, 2020, after Nevada’s Governor Steve Sisolak authorized certain businesses, including restaurants and retail establishments, to reopen with limitations. Nevada’s casinos were allowed to reopen on June 4, 2020, with restrictions. This article provides an update of the status of the Las Vegas market since Nevada’s casinos were allowed to reopen.

Social Media Marketing in the Hotel Industry: Trends and Opportunities in 2017

Mobile phone proliferation and the rise in social media users is poised to present unique opportunities for hotel companies. How are hotels currently utilizing social media marketing and are they ready for the future?

The Changing Landscape of the Recruitment World

COVID-19 has changed the Corporate World as we knew it in more ways than one, and recruiting is no different as the hiring process has changed significantly. Read our latest article to know more.

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.

The Importance of Sporting Events for the Las Vegas Market

Three U.S. major professional sports teams—the Vegas Golden Knights of the National Hockey League, Las Vegas Aces of the Women’s National Basketball Association, and Las Vegas Raiders of the National Football League—are based in Las Vegas. The importance of sporting events for the Las Vegas market extends beyond serving as the home for these professional teams. The return of sports will contribute to Las Vegas’ eventual recovery from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thoughts on How the Pandemic Must Affect Greek Tourism

The Greek tourism industry has been hit the hardest; but it has also given people the opportunity to step back and fill in the missing gaps. A need to establish well-organised and empowered DMOs is apparent, in order to upgrade Greece's tourism product. Furthermore, the development of a corporate structure will assist family hotel businesses to entrench a desired financial position against stakeholders.

Impact of COVID-19 on Greek Tourism: Industry Experts' Opinion

After the initial impact of COVID-19 on the tourism sector, Greece is experiencing a transitional period as it is entering the next phase of the outbreak. HVS conducted targeted interviews with highly influential tourism professionals and offers further insight on the aspects affecting operations in the short-term. Governmental decisions aiming to assist the nation’s tourism restart are described and their implications on businesses are further explained.

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.
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