• Issue 1037

Bespoke adds Hallmark


Hotel management company Bespoke has been contracted to manage the eight strong Hallmark chain. Investor Topland has bought Hallmark, and will be adding it to the previously acquired Menzies UK brand.


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Deal volume up


Hotel transactions in the UK market added up to GBP1.5bn in the first half, 65% up on the previous half year. The volume is the second strongest start to a year since the 2007 peak, reports Deloitte. 


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Loyalty helps China Lodging


China Lodging reported revpar down marginally in the second quarter, as room rates decreased marginally. Ebitda for the period was up 18% at RMB361.3m.


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Novotel sold


Investor Algonquin has emerged the successful bidder for the Novotel in Liverpool, paying GBP13.15m. The 209 room hotel was sold by administrators on behalf of Irish bank NAMA. 


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Greek boutique opportunity


Greek authorities are selling 14 disused properties on Greek islands as potential boutique hotels. The package includes eight former Xenia hotels, plus a villa built for Mussolini, reports Bloomberg.


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