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There appears to be a slowing of the surge in values and improvement in revenue in the hotel sector in percentage gain terms. I believe this will show to be the case in all sectors. That is not to say there is not still improvement, just a slowing in the rate of recovery. In hotels the forward booking rates of growth in occupancy and rate are slowing materially, although still headed in the right direction. It is hard to determine yet if it is simply a mathematical issue of any growth initially was large in percentage terms given how low Revpar got, or if it is also a slowing of growth due to the economy remaining sluggish. I suspect it is both. There was an initial burst of optimism after the election and the tax bill in December. In January many people seemed to believe there really was hope Obama had moved to the center and that there would be genuine progress on the budget, the deficit, regulatory madness, and many other issues including Obamacare. It is now clear the shift to the center by Obama was nothing more than a head fake and Elizabeth Warren is on the verge of running rough shod over the financial services industry despite her supposed charm offensive in meetings with bankers around the country. Watch what they do not what they say. Her staff is made up primarily of activists with a political agenda and who have never worked in finance. They seem to be out for retribution and not constructive improvement.

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