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Hospitality and leisure

The global hospitality and leisure sector is transforming at a rapid pace.

New technology is revolutionizing the way we book hotel rooms, tables in restaurants and cinema tickets. Meanwhile, hospitality companies are continually introducing new brands and repositioning existing ones.

In response, customer expectations have also transformed. Today’s consumers demand fast and efficient booking platforms and personalization, such as being able to choose their preferred room, table or theater seat. Company boards in the hospitality industry now treat investments in new technology and infrastructure as a rolling agenda item and experienced teams are employed to look for the sector’s next big technological advancement.

Millennials are a key demographic in this industry, forcing change in how they buy and utilize hospitality and leisure services. New entrants are disrupting the sector, evolving the market and anticipating the millennial consumer’s needs and expectations. What once seemed new and innovative rapidly becomes standard.

The sector is also experiencing unprecedented levels of consolidation, as global businesses look for ways to grow their businesses and, at the same time, alleviate pressure on operating costs and drive value through their supply chains. Our global network of hospitality and leisure lawyers recognize the significance of average daily rates, driving the RevPAR Index and what it takes to attract customers while navigating the complexities of global development and fierce competition.

Whatever your legal needs, we are here to help you achieve your goals.

Experienced hospitality and leisure lawyers

Eversheds Sutherland has global reach in this sector. We offer multinational hospitality and leisure companies a fully managed and controlled service across the jurisdictions they operate in and can assist clients in charting a course through the many differences in legislation that exist from country to country.

We work closely with investors, developers, owners, operators and funders of:

  • hotels
  • resorts
  • leisure complexes
  • casinos and gambling establishments
  • health and fitness facilities
  • cinemas
  • theme and amusement parks
  • bars and restaurants

We also have experience across the key areas of activity for businesses in this sector, including:

  • development
  • investment
  • acquisition
  • divestment
  • franchise arrangements
  • management contracts
  • mergers and acquisitions
  • corporate, joint venture and fund formation
  • finance and restructuring
  • food and beverage and catering services
  • income generation (telecoms, advertising hoardings and concessions)

Contact our hospitality and leisure team

If you would like any further information or need advice on hospitality and leisure matters, please contact our legal team.