2018 ALIS award winners announced

The Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center in Aurora, Colo., was named Development of the Year (Full Service) 2018 at ALIS. Photo credit: Marriott International

The Americas Lodging Investment Summit honored the executives and companies responsible for the most influential hotel industry deals in 2018 with the ALIS awards. The winners were announced this week during this week's ALIS conference at the JW Marriott and Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live. Nominees for the awards are evaluated based on outstanding business performance in various industry sectors.

Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center in Aurora, Colo., was named Development of the Year (Full Service) 2018 (includes branded and unbranded - luxury and upper-upscale chain scales and casinos). Finalists in this category also included Omni Louisville Hotel in Louisville, Ky., and The Line DC in Washington, D.C.

Hilton Garden Inn Chicago, Hampton Inn by Hilton Chicago and Home2 Suites by Hilton Chicago McCormick Place in Chicago were named Development of the Year (Select/Limited Service) 2018 (includes branded and unbranded - upscale, upper-midscale, midscale and economy chain scales). Finalists in this category also included Columbia Place in Washington, D.C., and Radisson Red Downtown Portland in Portland, Ore.

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Royal Crescent Hotel – New Orleans was named Transaction of the Year (US$25M & Under) 2018. Finalists in this category also included the Holiday Inn Chicago in Tinley Park, Ill., and the Quality Inn & Suites Cocoa Beach in Cocoa Beach, Fla.

The Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas was named Transaction of the Year (Over US$25M) 2018. Finalists in this category also included The Plaza Hotel in New York and The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Pebblebrook Hotel Trust/LaSalle Hotel Properties was named Merger & Acquisition of the Year 2018. Finalists in this category also included Marriott Vacation Worldwide/ILG and Wyndham Hotels & Resorts/La Quinta Holdings Franchise and Management Operations.

Christopher Jordan, EVP, hospitality finance group, Wells Fargo was named Jack A. Shaffer Financial Advisor of the Year 2018. Finalists in this category also included Naftali Holtz, managing director, head of lodging and leisure Investment banking, Goldman, Sachs & Co.; and Aaron Weiss, managing director, head of lodging, Citi.

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