HA Perspective 2018


    RedDoorz funding drives standardisation

    Budget hotel platform RedDoorz raised USD11m in a series B funding round, which will be used to expand throughout southeast Asia. The offering had echoes of Oyo Rooms, which operates in India, and which has also bought standardisation to the budget sector. Amit Saberwal, founder & CEO, RedDoorz, said: “The scale of the Southeast Asia [...]

    HNA sell-off continues

    HNA Group is expected to move to dispose of its 25% stake in Hilton Worldwide after selling its holding in Hilton Grand Vacations and Park Hotels & Resorts. The Chinese investor has been pulling back from its overseas investments amidst concerns over liquidity. At Hilton Grand Vacations HNA sold 22.3 million shares at USD46.25 a [...]
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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, [...]