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Investors Play It Safe Ahead of Recovery in Hotel and Retail

Predictions of retail and hotel demise at the pandemic’s peak were exaggerated. However, investors are playing it safe by investing in top tier assets. That’s the consensus from LightBox’s second-quarter Investor Sentiment Report.

Retail is navigating the challenges of e-commerce growth and physical store declines, while evaluating new concepts and experiential strategies. Hotel is embracing the surge from almost unparalleled “emerging from the pandemic” spring and summer travel activity. 

Yet industry experts are more than anxiously awaiting the return of the all-important business and convention travelers. There’s a general consensus that a broader recovery will require an expansion beyond the ultra-safe assets.

“The commercial real estate industry is skillfully navigating a complex set of challenges while at the same time seeing many positive signs of recovery and renewal at mid-year 2021,” said Tina Lichens, SVP, broker operations, LightBox. “The retail and hospitality sectors are poised for continued growth and transformation.”


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LightBox’s Lichens

About Paul Bubny

Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).