Graduate leads lifestyle push

    AJ Capital partners, the group behind Graduate Hotels, has acquired two Macdonald hotels in the UK. The move helps the lifestyle brand secure a second UK site for its international expansion. In Scotland, AJ has bought the Rusacks hotel in St Andrews, where it plans a major refurbishment and expansion that will add 44 more [...]

    Airbnb signs Olympic deal

    Airbnb has signed a multiyear sponsorship deal with the International Olympic Committee, to become its accommodation partner. But the agreement has already sparked opposition from stakeholders in Olympic host city Paris. The move comes as Airbnb looks to position itself as a responsible, mainstream accommodation provider, ahead of a likely 2020 IPO. The company recently [...]

    Green lending gains traction

    Hotel groups are waking up to greater carbon reduction opportunities than just doing away with individual shampoo bottles. A range of new initiatives, tied to reducing energy use, are extending all the way into funding. The sector has seen a number of firsts during the last year, and seems set for substantial growth. With a [...]

    Europe’s new student markets

    Investors looking for better returns in student accommodation are turning towards markets in central and southern Europe, as the UK market matures. Concerns around Brexit affecting student numbers, and oversupply in key markets, are both hitting opportunities. Savills declares the UK student accommodation market the most mature of the country’s operational real estate markets. “Now [...]