The 2019 Lodging Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, saw experts discuss the future of the hotel and accommodation industries, including insights on the turbulent US economy, with high employment, strong consumer spending, limited inflation and ample capital; the festering trade war with China; the upcoming US presidential election; the likelihood of a US Recession; all-time high revenue numbers in room nights and construction; flat occupancy is flat and ADR growth in the US; observations about Gen Z and their travel bucket lists and need for transparency and trust; the ever-increasing use of OTAs; the effects on investment; the number of unbranded pipeline projects; and over-all occupancy and prices.

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