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HVS - ASIA PACIFIC HOSPITALITY NEWSLETTER - For The Week Ending 20 Nov 2015 (November 23, 2015)

Marriott to Become the World’s Biggest Hotel Company

The US$12.2 billion deal in which Marriott International will acquire Starwood Hotels & Resorts, follows months of speculations about the bid target. Of all the rumored suitors – Hyatt Hotels Corporation, InterContinental Hotels Group and a few Chinese companies, including the recently-merged Jin Jiang Hotels and Plateno Group – Marriott had not been seen in the list. The acquisition will make Marriott the world’s biggest hotel chain, operating or franchising more than 5,500 hotels with 1.1 million rooms across the globe – approximately 50% more than the closest contender, Hilton. The combined company’s fee revenue for the 12 months ended 30 September, 2015, totals over US$2.7 billion. The transaction would enable US$200 million in annual cost savings in its second full year after closing by leveraging back-office and operational efficiencies. Industry experts believe that this deal could spark further industry consolidation, as hotel chains focus on size and scale to compete with each other as well as online travel agents and aggregator models that have disrupted the industry. 

Plateno Signs Portofino Hotel in Chiang Mai

China’s Plateno Hotels Group has announced plans to expand in Thailand with the launch of its first Portofino property in Chiang Mai. Scheduled to open in March 2016, the Portofino Chiang Mai Business Park will become Plateno’s second property in Chiang Mai, following the launch of its ‘7 Days’ budget brand. The new Portofino Chiang Mai Business Park will offer 122 rooms and suites, a swimming pool, an all day dining restaurant, a bar, a gym and meeting rooms. Plateno Hotels Group also recently signed a long-term master franchise agreement with Aspira Hospitality to launch multiple 7 Days-branded hotels across Thailand. 

Share of Asian Airlines Dropped on Fear That Paris Attacks Will Curb Tourism

Global airlines' share prices were down on Monday, 16th November 2015, the first day of trading since the terrorist attacks in Paris the previous Friday night, in which 129 people were killed. Asia-Pacific listed airline operators were the first to feel the brunt, amid concerns over the consumer reactions towards the coordinated attacks in several locations in the French capital. Shares of Taiwan’s Eva Airways and Virgin Australia tumbled as much as 6.2% and 6.5% on Monday, while China Southern Airlines and Cathay Pacific were down by 2.6% and 2.7% respectively, in Hong Kong Hang Seng Index. Japan Airlines sank almost 3% and ANA was down 3.5%, while in Jakarta, the Indonesian flag carrier, Garuda also retreated more than 1%. 

Thailand Offering Six-Month Multiple-Entry Visa for Foreign Tourists

In an effort to stimulate the tourism industry and to further boost visitation to the nation, the Thai government has recently launched half-year multiple-entry tourist visas for foreign visitors. The new visa policy now offers visitors to Thailand the choice of either a single-entry visa with a three-month validity or a multiple-entry tourist visa valid for six-months. Besides Thailand, two other Southeast Asian nations ─ Malaysia and Vietnam, have also announced their plans to relax visa restrictions for foreign visitors, especially Chinese tourists. The Malaysian government has decided to officially launch a tour visa for Chinese groups, of two or more travelers, from the 2016 Chinese New Year, while the Vietnamese Ministry of Commerce declared that it will lower its single-entry visa application fee from US$45 to US$25, starting this week.

Absolute Share Price Performance, as on 19 November 2015

Closing Share Price as at

19 Nov 2015

12 Nov 2015

% Change

Australia Stock Exchange (ASX)

Amalgamated Holdings Limited

14.85

13.99

6.1%

General Property Group

4.69

4.54

3.3%

Mirvac Group

1.88

1.735

8.4%

Mantra Group

4.43

4.2

5.5%

Bangkok Stock Exchange (THB)

Central Plaza Hotel Public Co Ltd

45.75

40.75

12.3%

Dusit Thani Public Co Ltd

64.5

64.25

0.4%

The Erawan Group Public Co Ltd

4.26

4.18

1.9%

Grande Asset Hotels and Property Public Co Ltd

1.01

1.02

-1.0%

Laguna Resorts & Hotel Public Co Ltd

26

26.5

-1.9%

Minor International Public Co Ltd

34

33.25

2.3%

China Shanghai Stock Exchange (RMB)

Jinling Hotel Corporation Ltd

16.1

15.85

1.6%

China Shenzhen Stock Exchange (RMB)

Huatian Hotel Group Co Ltd

9.06

9.5

-4.6%

Guangzhou Dong Fang Hotel Co Ltd

19.5

20.18

-3.4%

NASDAQ (US$)

China Lodging Group Ltd

28.21

29.22

-3.5%

Home Inns & Hotels Management Inc

30

29.47

1.8%

Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HK$)

Miramar Hotel & Investment Co Ltd

13.3

13.14

1.2%

Regal Hotels International Holdings Ltd

3.89

3.94

-1.3%

Sino Hotels Holdings Ltd

2.35

2.35

0.0%

The Hong Kong & Shanghai Hotels Ltd

8.17

8.35

-2.2%

Shangri-La Asia Limited

7.23

7.67

-5.7%

Dorsett Hospitality International

1.54

1.54

0.0%

National Stock Exchange (INR)

IHCL (Taj Hotels, Resorts & Palaces)

94

98

-4.1%

EIH (Oberoi Hotels & Resorts)

114.55

111

3.2%

Hotel Leela Ventures

19.85

19.5

1.8%

Korea Exchange (KRW)

The Shilla

93300

105000

-11.1%

Singapore Stock Exchange (S$)

Amara Holdings Ltd

0435

0.435

0.0%

Ascendas Hospitality Trust

0.625

0.615

1.6%

Ascott Residence Trust

1.195

1.2

-0.4%

Banyan Tree Holdings Limited

0.47

0.49

-4.1%

CDL Hospitality Trusts

1.325

1.33

-0.4%

Far East Hospitality Trust

0.615

0.625

-1.6%

Hotel Grand Central Ltd

1.24

1.26

-1.6%

Hotel Properties Ltd

3.71

3.85

-3.6%

Mandarin Oriental International Ltd (US$)

1.465

1.51

-3.0%

OUE Hospitality Trust

0.795

0.81

-1.9%

Stamford Land Corporation Ltd

0.51

0.515

-1.0%

Taiwan Stock Exchange (NT$)

Formosa International Hotels Corporation

227

226.5

0.2%

The Ambassador Hotel, Ltd

27.95

27.45

1.8%

Tokyo Stock Exchange (JPY)

Japan Hotel REIT Investment Corp.

87900

87000

1.0%

Imperial Hotel, Ltd

2520

2506

0.6%

Disclaimer: Information provided above has been gathered from various market sources. HVS has not independently verified the accuracy of the information provided. Interested parties should not rely on the information as statement of facts and are advised to make their own independent checks to verify the information provided. For further information, please feel free to contact HVS Asia Pacific.

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