HVS - ASIA PACIFIC HOSPITALITY NEWSLETTER - For The Week Ending 14 October 2016 (October 17, 2016)

Le Meridien’s Sentosa Hotel on the Market for S$300 Million

The Le Meridian Singapore, Sentosa has been put on market at an asking price of S$300 million, according to sources. Formerly known as the Mövenpick Heritage Hotel Singapore, the hotel was rebranded as Le Meridien Singapore earlier this year in June. Located next to the Merlion Tower on the resort island of Sentosa, the 191-room property is owned by Treasure Resort Pte Ltd, and sits on a site with a balance lease term of about 59 years. With a land area of nearly 101,600 square feet and a gross floor area of approximately 144,000 square feet, Le Meridien Sentosa comprises a three-storey heritage building and a six-storey new block that was added in 2007. The heritage block houses 62 suites of about 48 square meters each, converted from old army barracks. The new block houses the rest of the room inventory, including 19 suites and two duplex penthouses.

Oakwood Signs Second Property in Singapore

Following the announcement of the upcoming Oakwood Studios Singapore earlier this month, Oakwood Asia Pacific has signed a management agreement with local developer, OUE Limited to operate a second property in Singapore, scheduled to open by mid-2017. The Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore will be located in the heart of Singapore’s Central Business District (CBD) and will offer 268 serviced residences, ranging from studio-sized units to one- and two-bedroom apartments. The hotel will be a part of an integrated mixed-used development, OUE Downtown, which will also comprise retail and premium office spaces, aiming to create a vibrant work-play-live environment in the CBD area. Dean Schreiber, Managing Director of Oakwood Asia Pacific, commented, “This has been an amazing year for Oakwood Asia Pacific. Our accelerated pace of development saw us adding 26% to the existing portfolio of Oakwood Asia Pacific in 2016 alone, and we expect to continue on this blistering pace over the next few years.”

Pattaya Marriott to Be Rebranded as AVANI Pattaya Resort & Spa

Thailand’s Minor Hotels has revealed plans to rebrand the Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa – a hotel under Minor’s ownership since 1978. The company has decided to reposition the property under its new AVANI Hotels & Resorts brand.  The property is currently undergoing refurbishment of all its rooms and is expected to make its debut in November 2016. The resort features 298 guest rooms and suites, five F&B outlets, a swimming pool, a health club, two tennis courts and a spa. This is the latest example of Minor rebranding its owned hotel assets under its own brands; earlier, the Marriott and Four Seasons hotels in Bangkok were converted to their Anantara brand. AVANI Pattaya Resort & Spa marks the brand’s fourth location in Thailand, following two existing properties in Bangkok and one in Khon Kaen.

Mövenpick Partners with Nusasiri to Manage Three New Properties in Thailand

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has signed a management contract with real estate developer, Nusasiri Plc to manage three new properties in Thailand – Mövenpick Residences Ekkamai, Bangkok; Mövenpick Resort Khao Yai, and Mövenpick Resort Mai Khao Phuket. Mövenpick Residences Ekkamai will be the first property under the exclusive Mövenpick serviced apartment brand. The property will consist of 160 serviced apartments in configurations of one-, two- or three-bedrooms. The Mövenpick Resort Mai Khao Phuket will comprise 220 guest rooms and feature unique F&B offerings including an interactive all-day-dining restaurant and an electric beach club. Last but not the least, the Mövenpick Resort Khao Yai will feature 114 rooms, including suites and two-, three- and four-bedroom villas, and an iconic European inspired clubhouse encompassing all its F&B and recreation facilities. The two properties in Bangkok and Phuket are expected to open by the end of this year, while the property in Khao Yai is slated to open in Q4 2017.

Wanda Tourism Merges with Online Travel Platform Tongcheng

Wanda Tourism has recently transferred its controlling stake in 12 offline travel agencies, that it had previously acquired, to China’s private equity-backed online travel platform Tongcheng Network Technology Co Ltd (Tongcheng Tourism). The aim is to create a large travel company that will have a market capitalization of over RMB20 billion and could be publicly listed at some point. Tongcheng Tourism will complete the transaction in cash and stocks after the approval by its board of directors. The deal is expected to put the value of Tongcheng Tourism at over RMB20 billion and boost their cash reserve to more than RMB5 billion, according to the company’s announcement. Meanwhile, Tongcheng’s management team also announced that it has completed a new RMB1 billion capital injection, received in a strategic funding round backed by Wanda Group, Ctrip and Tencent Holding, in order to remain the largest shareholder group and maintain control of the company.

Absolute Share Price Performance, as on 13 October 2016

Closing Share Price as at 13 Oct 2016 6 Oct 2016 % Change
Australia Stock Exchange (ASX)
Event Hospitality and Entertainment Ltd 14.67 14.89 -1.5%
General Property Group 4.84 4.9 -1.2%
Mirvac Group 2.13 2.18 -2.3%
Mantra Group 3.26 3.22 1.2%
Bangkok Stock Exchange (THB)
Central Plaza Hotel Public Co Ltd 36.5 39.5 -7.6%
Dusit Thani Public Co Ltd 10 10.4 -3.8%
The Erawan Group Public Co Ltd 4.06 4.58 -11.4%
Grande Asset Hotels and Property Public Co Ltd 0.69 0.82 -15.9%
Laguna Resorts & Hotel Public Co Ltd 23.9 24.6 -2.8%
Minor International Public Co Ltd 36 40.75 -11.7%
China Shanghai Stock Exchange (RMB)
Jinling Hotel Corporation Ltd 13.73 13.12 4.6%
China Shenzhen Stock Exchange (RMB)
Huatian Hotel Group Co Ltd 6.85 6.85 0.0%
Guangzhou Dong Fang Hotel Co Ltd 17.41 17.58 -1.0%
China Lodging Group Ltd 44.6 46.36 -3.8%
Home Inns & Hotels Management Inc 35.71 35.71 0.0%
Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HK$)
Miramar Hotel & Investment Co Ltd 15.94 16.2 -1.6%
Regal Hotels International Holdings Ltd 4.36 4.42 -1.4%
Sino Hotels Holdings Ltd 2.5 2.45 2.0%
The Hong Kong & Shanghai Hotels Ltd 7.85 7.82 0.4%
Shangri-La Asia Limited 8.47 8.68 -2.4%
Dorsett Hospitality International 1.54 1.54 0.0%
National Stock Exchange (INR)
IHCL (Taj Hotels, Resorts & Palaces) 127.9 131.45 -2.7%
EIH (Oberoi Hotels & Resorts) 109.6 109.4 0.2%
Hotel Leela Ventures 17.65 18.1 -2.5%
Korea Exchange (KRW)
The Shilla 60200 59800 0.7%
Singapore Stock Exchange (S$)
Amara Holdings Ltd 0.405 0.405 0.0%
Ascendas Hospitality Trust 0.730 0.735 -0.7%
Ascott Residence Trust 1.140 1.145 -0.4%
Banyan Tree Holdings Limited 0.395 0.395 0.0%
CDL Hospitality Trusts 1.370 1.385 -1.1%
Far East Hospitality Trust 0.600 0.610 -1.6%
Frasers Hospitality Trust 0.695 0.705 -1.4%
Hotel Grand Central Ltd 1.380 1.375 0.4%
Hotel Properties Ltd 3.450 3.470 -0.6%
Mandarin Oriental International Ltd (US$) 1.300 1.340 -3.0%
OUE Hospitality Trust 0.685 0.685 0.0%
Stamford Land Corporation Ltd 0.470 0.475 -1.1%
Taiwan Stock Exchange (NT$)
Formosa International Hotels Corporation 177 178 -0.6%
The Ambassador Hotel, Ltd 23.65 23.5 0.6%
Tokyo Stock Exchange (JPY)
Japan Hotel REIT Investment Corp. 77700 80600 -3.6%
Imperial Hotel, Ltd 2066 2090 -1.1%

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