(Mark Your Calendars: RealShareHOTELS 2011, September 15 in New York City)

LONDON-About $14.8 billion in hotel assets traded hands aroundthe globe in the first half of 2011, according to a recent JonesLang LaSalle Hotels report, a 117% increase from the same periodlast year. With debt flowing faster and a lack of new construction,experts believe volumes could reach almost $35 million by the endof December.

Hotel trades in the United States accounted for 50% of the firsthalf volume, according to the report, with large deals in corecities such as Morgans Hotel Group selling the 168-room Royaltonand 114-room Morgans Hotels in New York City to FelCor LodgingTrust for $140 million.

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