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    UK supply to hit performance

    An increase in new hotel rooms in London was likely to hit performance both this year and next, according to PwC. Supply was unlikely to wane in the short term, with Colliers International reporting that London had moved back into the top 10 in terms of attractiveness to investors. PwC forecast that occupancy growth of [...]

    Mandarin Oriental pursues management

    Mandarin Oriental’s has continued to expand through management contracts, signing seven last year. The company said that, having been unable to attract any “acceptable offers” for The Excelsior in Hong Kong, it was considering redeveloping it into a commercial property. James Riley, group CEO, said that, as the group expanded, its management business was likely [...]

    Hyatt deepens home sharing links

    Hyatt Hotels Group has extended its World of Hyatt loyalty programme to include Oasis, as the operator looked to “serve our members in new ways and in new places”. The move came as Airbnb appointed the former VP of Amazon Prime to oversee its homes division, having reported “overwhelming interest” since opening up its platform [...]
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    Institutions keep UK deals moving

    Institutions looking for strong covenants and fixed income assets will drive deals in 2018, according to Savills. The comments came as Secure Income Reit acquired two portfolios totalling 76 Travelodge-branded hotels, as part of a GBP436m deal. Savills said that total UK hotel transaction volumes reached GBP5.4bn in 2017, up 32% on the year. The [...]
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    Interstate makes Europe move

    Interstate Hotels & Resorts has added 12 new hotels to its international portfolio, including the company’s first hotel in France, after signing a deal with Borealis Hotel Group. Interstate told us that it hoped the two would work together to expand more deeply into Europe, hailing Borealis’s “strong track record” under the lease model. Interstate [...]
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    Thomas Cook launches fund

    Thomas Cook Group has launched a hotel fund – Thomas Cook Hotel Investments – a joint venture with Swiss-based hotel property development company, LMEY Investments. The company told us that the fund would be a mix of debt and equity, with the fund being used to accelerate growth of its own brands in a variety [...]
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    Owners raise demands on brands

    Hotel owners demanded greater productivity and efficiency of the brands at the International Hotel Investment Forum in Berlin. The global operators remained committed to expanding their brand portfolios, while maintaining that their interests remained very much aligned with that of the owners. Anders Nissen, CEO, Pandox, said: “We are from Scandinavia and we are about [...]

    Radisson takes lease risk

    Radisson Hotel Group announced plans to take on up to EUR400m of lease risk over the next five years as it looks to expand in Europe. The group said that the decision was taken in part because of the increased demand for leases from institutional investors targeting the hotel sector. Elie Younes, EVP & CDO, [...]

    Whitbread secures 19 in Germany

    Whitbread has announced a deal for a portfolio of 19 hotels in Germany, from Foremost Hospitality Group, for an undisclosed sum, thought to be around GBP250m. The agreement took the brand to a pipeline of 31 hotels in the country, with all hotels due to be open by 2020. Whitbread told us that IHG currently [...]

    Reits churn as market stays strong

    Park Hotels & Resorts announced a number of disposals, as shareholder HNA Group revealed plans to attempt to sell down its 25% stake. Fellow owner Host Hotels & Resorts said that it was continuing to work on transactions as the global economy remained strong, despite a lack of hotels coming to the market. At Park [...]

    Luxury operators go for growth

    Belmond described “frequent and significant” hurdles to its business in the form of hurricanes in the Caribbean and political instability in Burma but remained committed to its five-year growth strategy. The comments were made as Michael Wale, former Starwood Hotels & Resorts colleague of Belmond CEO Roeland Vos, joined Kerzner as CEO, promising accelerated expansion [...]

    Hyatt signs select serve China deal

    Hyatt Hotels Corporation has signed a development agreement with China’s Tianfu Minyoun to add 50 hotels under the Hyatt Place and Hyatt House brands in the country. The deal came after Hyatt Hotels Company said that it was looking to its select service brands to fill out its portfolio in China. Tianfu Minyoun will be [...]

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