With growing demand from investors wanting to build unique properties, independent hotels aren’t going away anytime soon, according to sources. Speaking on a panel titled “Independents: No flag, no problem” at the recent Hotel Data Conference, Tim Franzen, president of Graduate Hotels, said he sees independents as a long-standing trend and it’s proven by the fact that major brands are co-opting the independent space. Franzen said he isn’t worried about soft brands encroaching on independents, either. Get the full story at HNN