Good Times in Hotel to Persist, Despite Other Lodging Options


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“Should the industry suffer yet another catastrophic event, or perhaps experiences a downturn brought on by a ‘more normal’ economic contraction, the severity of the downside scenario will be mitigated by the premium occupancy levels currently being achieved,” says Woodworth.

NEW YORK CITY—In September of 2000, Jason Ader, a then lodging analyst for New York-basedBear Stearns (which has since failed as part of the global financial crisis and recession and was subsequently sold to JPMorgan Chase), warned investors that surging oil prices, the weak Euro and other signs of economic trouble to come would soon adversely impact the travel and hospitality industries, leading to decreased hotel occupancy rates.

The warning came amid Bear Stearns’ own decrease in net income for the third quarter of 5.7%. While the company’s revenue rose 6% and its earnings per share also rose, the company had 9% fewer shares than last year’s third-quarter because of stock buyouts, and its investmentbanking revenues decreased 11%. Stock shares, however, had gone up 41% since late July of that year. Bear Stearns, at the time, was becoming one of an increasingly shrinking number of mid-size firms here in New York, as the trend in takeovers was growing…

Good Times in Hotel to Persist, Despite Other Lodging Options

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