HVS Asia Pacific Hospitality Newsletter - Week Ending 12 February 2021 (February 15, 2021)

HVS Monday Musings: Branded Residences – An Evolving Trend in India

By Akash Datta and Dipti Mohan
As the Indian hospitality sector embarks on the path to recovery, hoteliers need to test waters in the branded residences segment, which is still a niche concept in India.

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Huka Lodge Acquired by Baillie Lodges in New Zealand

Australia-based luxury lodge operator, Baillie Lodges (“Ballie”), has announced their acquisition of 18-key Huka Lodge, an award-winning accommodation on the outskirts of Taupo, in New Zealand, for an undisclosed sum. As part of its international expansion plan, this acquisition would be Baillie’s second international property; following the acquisition of Vancouver Island’s Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge in late 2020. Baillie’s Founder, James Baillie, mentioned that the global reputation and fine heritage of Huka Lodge would be a good fit to the company’s portfolio, and added that the company wishes to continue its global expansion across Australia, New Zealand, and beyond. In 2019, Baillie was acquired by an affiliate of US-based investment firm, KSL Capital Partners. Baillie’s portfolio includes numerous other luxury lodges, including Longitude 131° at Uluru-Kata Tjuta, Capella Lodge on Lord Howe Island and tropical North Queensland luxury bolt-hole Silky Oaks Lodge in the Daintree. The company’s flagship property, Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island, is set to undergo its reconstruction, which was destroyed in the early 2020 bushfires.

Tourism Australia Launched AUD5 Million Tourism Campaign to Boost Domestic Tourism

Tourism Australia has recently launched its AUD5 million week-long advertising campaign running from 31 January to 6 February 2021, in an attempt to encourage Australians to plan and book domestic trips within the country. Coined as “Holiday Here This Year”, this advertising campaign would run across print, online, billboards and television advertisement breaks and is narrated by Australian actor, Hamish Blake. The primary purpose of the campaign aims to capitalise on the pent-up demand by providing locals with the content and inspiration required to turn their desire for holidays into actual bookings. Minister of Trade, Tourism and Investment Dan Tehan mentioned that the domestic tourism industry is worth AUD100 billion and hosts over 621,000 jobs. He hopes this campaign would excite the locals about holidaying in Australia, which would support the businesses and jobs of their fellow Australians. This campaign follows the Australian government’s announcement of the 2020 budget, where AUD230 million has been allocated to the Tourism Australia, to focus on boosting its domestic travel market.

NZD50 Million Events Fund Rolled Out to Regions in New Zealand

Contracts for the NZD50 million regional events fund were signed and allocated to nine groups of regional tourism organisations. This funding is part of the New Zealand Government’s NZD400 million recovery fund to help businesses in the tourism sector reorient themselves to the domestic and Australian markets. Tourism Minister, Stuart Nash, confirmed that the first investment plan of NZD3.75 million approved in December was given to four regional tourism collaborating as the Thermal Explorer Highway group. The Southern Lakes group also received NZD8.5 million in funding. Northland and Auckland received the most funding with NZD19 million to host major events and business gatherings. Other regions such as Nelson and Marlborough with NZD1.5 million were working together to offer multi-day events while Wellington and Wairarapa, with NZD3.5 million were also looking into attracting more domestic tourists. Based on Tourism New Zealand’s research, regional events such as festivals, concerts, exhibitions, food and beverage experiences and sporting events were major pull factors for Kiwis to go on domestic holidays. Therefore, Nash hoped that event funds would help capture the NZD9 billion that Kiwis spend overseas in previous years as events drive visitors and bring about demand across the accommodation, hospitality, and retail sectors.

Hua Hin Airport to be Further Upgraded in Thailand

Presently, three out of seven upgrading projects of Hua Hin Airport have been completed. On 6 February 2021, Deputy Transport Minister Thaworn Senneam revealed the plan to further upgrade Hua Hin airport in 2023 to accommodate larger aircraft serving long haul flights of between 10 and 12 hours. The airport’s runway will be further expanded from 2,100 metres to 3,000 metres. Mr Thaworn mentioned that further upgrades are necessary as the demand for flights to Hua Hin significantly increased right before the Covid-19 disruption. Additionally, he believed that it will help boost economic recovery from tourism arrivals after the domestic demand returns to normal next year and the international market in 2023. Currently, Hua Hin airport is undergoing a THB250 million renovation that commenced last year. The renovation will widen Hua Hin airport’s runway from 35 to 45 metres to accommodate larger aircrafts such as the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737. It is expected that the airport will be able to handle up to five of such aircraft at any one time once the improvements are completed. In addition, a new taxiway and passenger terminal are also amidst construction and it will allow the airport to accommodate three times its current capacity. When completed, the airport will be able to handle 900 passengers an hour and 2.6 million passengers annually, an increase from the current capacity of 300 passengers an hour and 860,000 passengers annually.

Absolute Share Price Performance, as on 12 February 2021

Closing Share Price as at 12 February 2021 5 February 2021 % Change
Australia Stock Exchange (ASX)
Elanor Investors Group 1.56 1.54 1.3%
Event Hospitality & Entertainment Ltd 9.83 10.20 -3.6%
General Property Group 4.13 4.25 -2.8%
Mirvac Group 2.32 2.46 -5.7%
Bangkok Stock Exchange (THB)
Central Plaza Hotel Public Co Ltd 29.50 26.75 10.3%
Dusit Thani Public Co Ltd 7.60 7.60 0.0%
The Erawan Group Public Co Ltd 4.26 3.90 9.2%
Grande Asset Hotels & Property Public Co Ltd 0.58 0.57 1.8%
Laguna Resorts & Hotel Public Co Ltd 30.00 30.75 -2.4%
Minor International Public Co Ltd 29.50 26.50 11.3%
S Hotels and Resorts Public Company Limited 2.60 2.52 3.2%
China Shanghai Stock Exchange (RMB)
Jinling Hotel Corporation Ltd 7.46 7.21 3.5%
China Shenzhen Stock Exchange (RMB)
Huatian Hotel Group Co.,Ltd. 2.85 2.36 20.8%
Guangzhou Dong Fang Hotel Co Ltd 7.09 6.65 6.6%
Huazhu Group Limited 61.25 50.60 21.0%
Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HK$)
Miramar Hotel & Investment Co Ltd 14.26 14.32 -0.4%
Regal Hotels International Holdings Ltd 2.76 2.77 -0.4%
Sino Hotels Holdings Ltd 2.48 2.48 0.0%
The Hong Kong & Shanghai Hotels Ltd 7.25 6.87 5.5%
Shangri-La Asia Limited 7.03 6.76 4.0%
National Stock Exchange (INR)
Chalet Hotels Ltd 169.60 172.75 -1.8%
IHCL (Taj Hotels, Resorts & Palaces) 127.4 120.0 6.2%
EIH (Oberoi Hotels & Resorts) 97.8 93.1 5.0%
Hotel Leela Ventures 5.9 6.0 -1.7%
Lemon Tree Hotels Ltd 41.5 42.6 -2.6%
Korea Exchange (KRW)
The Shilla 82100 82000 0.1%
Singapore Stock Exchange (S$)
Amara Holdings Ltd 0.39 0.39 0.0%
ARA Htrust (US$) 0.49 0.49 0.0%
Ascott Residence Trust 1.00 1.02 -2.0%
Banyan Tree Holdings Limited 0.26 0.27 -1.9%
CDL Hospitality Trusts 1.20 1.20 0.4%
Eagle Htrust 0.14 0.14 0.0%
Far East Hospitality Trust 0.58 0.59 -1.7%
Frasers Hospitality Trust 0.50 0.50 0.0%
Hotel Grand Central Ltd 1.02 1.01 1.0%
Hotel Properties Ltd 3.09 3.10 -0.3%
Mandarin Oriental International Ltd (US$) 1.70 1.70 0.0%
Stamford Land Corporation Ltd 0.34 0.34 1.5%
Taiwan Stock Exchange (NT$)
Formosa International Hotels Corporation 131.0 131.0 0.0%
The Ambassador Hotel, Ltd 29.4 29.4 0.0%
Tokyo Stock Exchange (JPY)
Japan Hotel REIT Investment Corp. 58800 57100 3.0%
Imperial Hotel, Ltd 2023 2067 -2.1%
Red Planet Japan Inc 61 61 0.0%

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