HVS EMEA Hospitality Newsletter – Week Ending 23 October 2015 (October 24, 2015)

AccorHotels Purchases 43-Property Hotel Portfolio

AccorHotels has acquired a portfolio of 43 hotels across France from Foncière des Règions for €281 million. AccorHotels has operated the hotels in the portfolio under variable leases since 2005 and 2007 as ibis budget, ibis, Novotel, Mercure, Pullman and Sofitel properties. The transaction is expected to close during the first half of 2016; however, owing to a substitution clause for the buyer, Accor's HotelInvest division will integrate the properties into its asset management programme immediately. "This transaction represents an important new step in the process of optimizing HotelInvest, Europe's leading hotel investor in the economy and midscale segments," said Accor's chief executive officer, Sébastien Bazin.

art'otel to Open at Battersea Power Station Development

art'otel, a PPHE Hotel Group-owned brand, has signed a management agreement with Battersea Power Station Development Company (BPSDC) for a luxury lifestyle hotel to be created as part of the £8 billion Battersea Power Station mixed-use development in southwest London. The 160-room hotel will be constructed around the grade II*-listed former power station building and is scheduled to open in 2019. The hotel is expected to be the first art'otel property in London. Commenting on the news, Rob Tincknell, chief executive officer of BPSDC, said, "The selection process to find the right brand and operator was a very competitive and thorough one, involving the leading hotel brands from around the world. art'otel was a standout winner, a brand unlike anything we have seen in London to date, and it is particularly fitting for it to have art at the very heart of the brand and the hotel itself. I am confident that together with art'otel we will deliver a beyond expectations hotel."

A New Radisson Blu for Istanbul

Carlson Rezidor has announced the development of a new Radisson Blu hotel in Istanbul, Turkey. The 133-room Radisson Blu Hotel, Istanbul Ataköy is due to open in early 2016 on the waterfront in Istanbul's Ataköy residential neighbourhood and will become the ninth Radisson Blu in the city. "Istanbul is one of today's most important markets – strategically located between Europe and Asia, and marked by a rich culture and economic power," said Wolfgang M Neumann, Rezidor's president and chief executive officer. "With this signing we add a further Radisson Blu to our high-quality portfolio in town and consolidate our leading position in Istanbul", he added.

iNua Buys the Kilkenny Hibernia Hotel

Irish firm iNua Hospitality has purchased the four-star Kilkenny Hibernia Hotel in southeast Ireland for £7.25 million. The 46-room boutique hotel, in Kilkenny city centre, increases iNua's portfolio of hotels across Ireland to four (the other three properties are in Cork, Kerry and Limerick).

W Makes its Debut in the Netherlands

Starwood Hotels & Resorts' W brand has made its debut in the Netherlands with the opening of the W Amsterdam. The hotel, which is housed across two historic buildings, is owned by Europe Hotels | Private Collection. A total of 172 rooms are already in operation in the former Telephone Exchange building and the remaining six rooms are due to open at the beginning of next year in the adjacent building, which was previously occupied by KAS Bank.

Moxy to Move into York

It was reported this week that Marriott International is planning to bring its boutique Moxy brand to the historic city of York in northeast England. Vastin Hospitality has recently acquired a site in the city's Hungate area, which will house the purpose-built, 120-room Moxy hotel. Since its launch in 2013, Moxy currently has one hotel in operation in Milan, with further projects in the pipeline for the UK and the USA due to open within the next two years.

L'hotel de Chine Opens First Hotel in Rome

Taiwan-based L'hotel de Chine has opened its first hotel in Rome, Italy. The group made its Roman debut with the newly built 276-room A.Roma Lifestyle Hotel, 20 minutes from the city centre. L'otel de chine now has five hotels across Italy.

More Motel Ones for the UK

Munich-based Motel One is to extend its UK portfolio with three new hotels. An existing 50-room property in Newcastle will be converted and extended to become the 222-room Motel One Newcastle, which is scheduled to open next year; the 301-room Motel One Manchester-Cross Street is expected to open in autumn 2017; and in 2018, the 374-room Motel One Glasgow will be the biggest hotel in Scotland, in terms of room inventory, when it opens adjacent to Glasgow Central Station. The budget group currently has four hotels in operation in the UK (two in Edinburgh, one in Manchester and one in London).

Residence Inn to Set Up Home in the UAE and Ritz-Carlton Opens on the Nile

Marriott International's Residence Inn brand is to make its first appearance in the UAE. The 135-room Residence Inn Marriott Al Jaddaf, owned by Bahrain-based International Trading and Investment Company WLL, is scheduled to open in 2019 in Dubai. Marriott currently operates 14 hotels in the UAE overall, across six brands. Also this week, following an extensive makeover and renovation, the former Nile Hilton in Cairo, Egypt, has reopened under Marriott International's Ritz-Carlton banner. The 331-room, five-star Nile Ritz-Carlton, on the banks of the River Nile, marks the chain's debut in Egypt.

Two New Best Westerns for Nigeria

Best Western has opened two new hotels in Nigeria, bringing the number of Best Western-branded properties in West Africa to 11. The 50-room Best Western Meloch Hotel is in the city of Awka in southeastern Nigeria and the 81-room Best Western Plus Elomaz Hotel is in Asaba in the south of the country. Best Western now has eight hotels in operation across Nigeria.

Quorvus Collection Continues its Expansion with a New Member in Oman

The Hormuz Grand Hotel in Muscat, Oman is set to become the newest member of Carlson Rezidor's luxury Quorvus Collection. The 231-room hotel, four kilometres away from Muscat International Airport, is due to become the Hormuz Grand, Quorvus Collection in late 2015, and it will be the second hotel in the Middle East to join the collection, which was launched last year.

Majilis Grand Mercure Announced for Doha

AccorHotels has signed a management agreement with Al Jassim Group for its first Majilis Grand Mercure hotel in Qatar. The 283-room Majilis Grand Mercure Doha is scheduled to open in mid-2018 in Doha. The project, which will become AccorHotel's seventh hotel in Qatar overall, will also include 60 serviced apartments. The new signing means that the group now has four Majilis Grand Mercure hotels in the Middle East – two hotels are already in operation in Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi and a further property is under development in the emirate of Sharjah, with completion due in 2018.

Absolute Share Price Performance Over the Past Week – 15-22 October 2015

InterContinental Hotels Group 
–  Jeffries International reiterated "hold" rating and cut target price to 2,150p from 2,400p.

Rezidor Hotel Group – In the third quarter of 2015, the group reached its 100,000 rooms milestone.

Whitbread – Achieved an increase in total revenue of 11.3% over the first half of 2015.

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