HVS International - Press Release - March 5, 2007
European Hotel Values Grew by 9.4% in 2006 – Highest Average Values in History

HVS’ London office has today released the latest edition of its annual review of European hotel value trends, the Hotel Valuation Index (HVI).

March 6, 2007

The survey shows that hotel values achieved a third consecutive year of growth, increasing by 9.4% in 2006, compared with an increase of 5.0% in 2005. It is the first year since 2000 in which all of the 28 markets covered in the index experienced increases in value, reflecting the health of the industry throughout Europe. All bar eight markets have either reached their highest ever values or surpassed the peak values achieved in 2000. The top five most expensive European cities in which to buy a hotel remain in the same order for the third consecutive year.

Commenting on the results, survey co-author Dominique Bourdais, a director of HVS, noted that London has retained its position as the most expensive city in which to acquire a hotel.

"After breaking through the €500,000 barrier last year, the average value per room has increased to €576,700, a 12% growth over 2005’s record values. Paris remains in second place," he noted.

"For the fourth time in the last five years, Moscow had the greatest percentage growth in value, at 21% in 2006, partially fuelled by the strong desire of developers and operators to enter the market," he added.

Survey co-author Elana Bader commented that the European average is boosted largely by the extraordinary growth in value by the top markets, including London, Paris, Milan, Zürich and Geneva, as well as the strengthening of values in the remaining cities.

"All but two of the 28 markets under review achieved value increases in excess of inflationary growth," she commented. "The average European values per hotel room in 2006 have subsequently reached the highest levels in history," she added.

The authors also noted that while debt markets remained competitive, investors have increased their typical geographic investment boundaries and pushed up activity in areas such as Eastern Europe over the last few years.

"The concern of increased availability of debt financing and resulting growth causing oversupply didn’t quite pan out as had been thought in early 2006, but the same concern remains for the coming year as markets show no signs of decline," noted Dominique Bourdais.

"In 2007 we expect that a lot of the markets will continue the upward trend in hotel values for a further year, albeit perhaps not at the same growth rate as 2006 or 2005. Lending terms are at their most competitive which will limit further yield compression. Nevertheless, in view of recent performance, investors’ appetite for the hospitality industry is likely to lower yields still further as many investors compete for each opportunity," he concluded.

The European HVI has tracked trends in hotel values in key regional markets since 1993. The survey covers upscale hotels in 28 gateway cities across the continent. Copies of the HVI 2007 report are available free of charge from HVS, 7-10 Chandos Street, Cavendish Square, London W1G 9DQ and its website: www.hvs.com

For more information, contact:

Dominique Bourdais, Director
Email: DBourdais@HVS.com
Phone: +44 20 7878 7721

Elana Bader, Consultant & Valuation Analyst
Email: EBader@HVS.com
Phone: +44 20 7878 7710

Russell Kett, Managing Director
Email: RKett@HVS.com
Phone: +44 20 7878 7701

Or by fax on +44 20 7878 7799

HVS is a full-service hospitality consultancy providing industry skill and knowledge worldwide. HVS offers market and financial feasibility studies, valuations, strategic analyses, development planning, and litigation support. Additionally, HVS specialists provide unique knowledge in the areas of executive search, investment banking, brokerage, asset management and corporate and single property strategic planning, management contracts, environmental sustainability, timeshare consulting, food and beverage operations and restaurant appraisal, interior design, gaming, technology strategies, organizational assessments, operational management, strategy development, convention facilities consulting, marketing communications, and investment consulting. Since 1980, HVS has provided hospitality services to more than 15,000 hotels throughout the world for virtually every major industry participant. Principals and associates of the firm have written textbooks and thousands of articles regarding all aspects of the hospitality industry.

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