EMEA Hospitality Newsletter – Week Ending 23 June 2017 (June 24, 2017)

Scandic Increases its Presence in Finland with the Purchase of the Restel Portfolio 

Scandic Hotels Group has signed a deal to acquire Restel’s hotel portfolio across Finland, which comprises 43 hotels (approximately 7,600 rooms), for €114.5 million on a cash and debt-free basis. Scandic currently has 28 hotels in Finland in operation or under development. This is an important step forward for Scandic Hotels and one that will give us a strong network in the Finnish market,” said Frank Fiskers, president and chief executive officer of Scandic. “We look forward to operating and developing these hotels under the Scandic brand going forward and to welcome all of the Restel team members and customers to Scandic,” he added. Seven of the hotels in the Restel portfolio are run under franchise agreements with InterContinental Hotels Group; most of the remaining properties are operated under the Cummulus chain and will be reflagged as Scandic hotels over time. This deal makes Scandic the largest hotel compancy in Finland.

AXA Acquires 55% Stake in Hilton Diagonal Mar Barcelona 

AXA Investment Managers has acquired a 55% stake the Hilton Diagonal Mar Barcelona, in Spain, from Iberdrola Inmobiliaria for €80 million. The 433-room hotel, in Barcelona’s business district, is just 400 metres from the beach. Iberdrola Inmobiliaria will retain ownership of the remaining 45% share in the hotel.

Meteorite Group Buys Holiday Inn Express in Manchester 

Australian property development firm Meteorite Group has purchased the recently opened Holiday Inn Express Manchester – TRAFFORDCITY, in northwest England, for £26 million (£118,200 per room) from Topland, Marick Capital and Mill Lane Estates, which created the 220-room hotel as a joint venture. Tower Hotel Management will continue to operate the property.

Hispania Purchases the Selomar Hotel in Benidorm 

Hispania Activos Inmobiliarios has bought the Selomar Hotel in Benidorm, on Spain’s Costa Blanca, for approximately €16 million (€65,300 per room). The group will invest €17 million to €19 million in refurbishing the 245-room hotel. Hispania now owns 38 hotels (11,021 rooms) across Spain.

Leonardo Announces a New Hotel for Italy 

Leonardo Hotels has announced its expansion plans for Italy. The group currently operates two hotels in the country (in Milan) and will open a new-build, 243-room property in Venice’s Mestre area in summer 2019. “The expansion to Italy was a long-planned and important step for us,” said Daniel Roger, managing director of Leonardo Hotels Europe. “Our hotels in Milan and Mestre/Venice are only the beginning: Our goal is to expand our portfolio with more than ten hotels in Italy and to offer our guests additional attractive locations such as Rome, Florence and Naples,” he continued.

Planting the Seeds for a New Garden Inn Birmingham Airport 

Hilton Worldwide has signed a franchise agreement with Castlebridge Hotels Birmingham Airport for a Hilton Garden Inn property at Birmingham Airport in England’s Midlands region. The 178-room hotel is scheduled to open in summer 2018 and will be constructed using modular technology, which will see the hotel’s components constructed in China and then transported to the UK to be assembled on-site. “Often cited as the best place to invest in the UK outside of London, demand in Birmingham is growing fast,” said Patrick Fitzgibbon, Hilton’s senior vice president, development, EMEA. Infrastructure projects will only boost that growth and Hilton Garden Inn Birmingham Airport is in a terrific location—we can’t wait for it to open next year,” he added.

Mövenpick Plans to Make its Move into Basel... 

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has signed an agreement for its sixth property in Switzerland and its first in the city of Basel, in the northwest of the country on the Rhine River. The 264-room Mövenpick Hotel Basel is due to open in 2019 as the group’s flagship hotel in Europe. The 19-storey building will be adjacent to the SBB railway station in Basel city centre and the five-star hotel, designed by Matteo Tun, will have 1,800 square metres of meeting space and event space across 20 different rooms.

...As it Announces a New Egyptian Beach Resort 

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has also signed an agreement with Galalah Co. For Touristic Investments S.A.E. for its second property in Egypt’s El Sokhna coastal area, expanding its current portfolio in the country of eight hotels and eight Nile river cruisers. The 214-key Mövenpick Hotel El Ein Bay is scheduled to open in 2020 as an integrated beach and golf resort. El Sokhna is the closest seaside resort to the capital, Cairo.

Park Inn by Radisson Opens its First Hotel in Mecca 

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group’s Park Inn by Radisson brand has made its debut in the Saudi Arabian city of Mecca with the opening of the Park Inn by Radisson Makkah Al Naseem. The 459-room hotel is just 20 metres from the city’s second largest mosque, Al Rajhi Mosque, and is close to the holy sites of Arafat, Mina and Mozdalifa. “We believe the Park Inn by Radisson brand is entering this important segment at a very opportune time to support the increase in pilgrim travellers seeking affordable accommodation and a hassle-free experience,” commented Mark Willis, Carlson Rezidor’s area senior vice president for the Middle East, Turkey and Africa. The group currently has 35 hotels (more than 9,000 rooms) in operation or under development across Saudi Arabia.

And Finally... 

We wish all our readers observing Ramadan an Eid Mubarak.

Absolute Share Price Performance Over the Past Week – 15-22 June 2017 


InterContinental Hotels Group – Credit Suisse downgraded the group to "neutral" from "outperform".

Wyndham Worldwide – Stifel raised the group's share price target to US$110 from US$108.


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