Analysis: Hotel Occupancy Levels Expected to Hit 30-Year High by 2016

November 13, 2014 · reit.com

Limited new development in the hotel sector is expected to push national hotel occupancy rates to their highest level in 30 years, according to a report from financial and professional service firm JLL.

JLL projected that hotel occupancy would approach 65 percent by 2016, resulting in growth for the average daily rate (ADR) for rooms charged in the industry.

Dan Hansen, president and CEO of  (NYSE: INN), said the report underscores the strong demand and occupancy gains he sees across his company’s portfolio.

Real Estate Slated for Eleventh Headline Sector in GICS®

November 11, 2014 · reit.com

Stock exchange-listed equity REITs and other listed real estate companies will be reclassified from the Financials Sector and elevated to an 11th headline Real Estate Sector of the Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS), the leading global listed equity classification system maintained by MSCI Inc. and S&P Dow Jones Indices. Industry observers received the news as a major step in the growth of REIT-based real estate investment.

REITWorld 2014: Demand Outpacing Supply Augurs Well for Retail REITs

November 06, 2014 · reit.com

A lack of new supply and a concerted effort by retailers to develop omnichannel shopping strategies bode well for the future of retail REITs, according to a panel at REITWorld 2014: NAREIT’s Annual Convention for All Things REIT.

Ross Smotrich, managing director at Barclays, moderated the panel and noted that new development in the retail sector“may be at a generational low.”