>Hotel owners and operators have their banks over a barrel

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>FEW industries are as adept as hotels at providing tempting offers—a well-stocked minibar, for instance—that lead to regret the next day. Lenders to the industry are now firmly in the regret phase. Over the next year banks in Europe and America may be forced to write down billions in bad loans, further impairing already strained balance-sheets. In many cases they are also likely to become the proprietors of debt-ridden hotels.

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