There is no doubt that the dire state of our credit markets has had a devastating effect on hotel financing and development. One funding mechanism that is helping to close the gap is the EB-5 program. The program allows foreign individuals to invest at least $500,000 in job-creating projects in the United States. Hotels are a great business type to invest in and they induce many more jobs than those directly created by the hotel. However not all hotels are created equal and investors have a choice in where they invest their money. Let’s explore the program and some opportunities it provides. Douglas Nysse discusses this program in a recent HotelExecutive.com article.