HVS Asia Pacific Hospitality Newsletter - Week Ending 9 August 2019 (August 9, 2019)

AccorHotels Announces Franchising Deal with Global Premium Hotels Limited

French-based multinational hospitality company, AccorHotels (“Accor”), has announced a franchising deal with Singapore-based Global Premium Hotels Limited (“GPHL”), adding 15 hotels with 1,621 rooms to its network, expanding its Singapore’s portfolio to 30 hotels and 7,625 rooms. Thirteen of the hotels were operating under the existing Fragrance Hotel brand and two were under the Parc Sovereign Hotel brand. Following the deal, the 15 hotels will undergo asset enhancement initiatives to be in line with the Accor global standards. Thirteen of the hotels will be rebranded into Ibis Budget, one into Mercure and one into Ibis Styles. With the finalised agreement, Accor will have 1,840 midscale rooms and 2,428 economy rooms in Singapore.

Marriott International to Manage Five Resorts and Owner Investment of USD800 Million under an All-Inclusive Platform

US-based Marriott International (“Marriott”) has announced the launch of an all-inclusive platform with plans to further expand its all-inclusive portfolio in popular destinations worldwide with a combination of new-built properties and conversions of existing resorts. The company has signed management contracts with hotel developers who plan to build five new all-inclusive resorts and invest more than USD800 million. Given growing demand for premium and luxury all-inclusive stays, Marriott plans to build its all-inclusive platform by leveraging Marriott Bonvoy travel program as well as full-service and luxury iconic brands, including The Ritz-Carlton, Luxury Collection, Marriott Hotels, Westin Hotels, W Hotels, Autograph Collection and Delta by Marriott. The five resorts are expected to open between 2022 and 2025.

Singapore-based Hospitality Startup RedDoorz Raises USD45 Million

Southeast Asia’s largest hotel management and booking platform, RedDoorz, has raised USD45 million in a Series B round. The new round of funding was led by Chinese venture capital firm Qiming Venture Partners alongside Jungle Ventures and its network of limited partners. These include new investor MNC Group and return backers Jungle Ventures, Hendale Capital, International Finance Corporation and Susquehanna International Group. The USD45 million will be invested into technology and brand building initiatives to scale the platform’s growth in the region. The hospitality start-up has operations across more than 80 cities in four countries in Southeast Asia, namely Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam and operates more than 1,200 budget hotels and properties. RedDoorz provides hotel owners the technology to manage distribution, pricing, marketing and customer experience.

Sri Lanka Announces Free Visas On Arrival for Visitors to Boost Tourism

Sri Lanka will offer one-month visas to citizens from nearly 50 countries in an effort to boost tourism following April’s terrorist attacks. Starting from 1 August 2019, the government will waive its existing visa fee (USD20 for nationals from South Asia and USD35 for the other countries). The free visa will apply to both tourists and those visiting for business purposes. The scheme will be effective for six months. Additionally, the Sri Lankan government announced in July that it will reduce airline fees for six months to encourage visitors and a number of hotels are promoting a similar initiative by offering hefty discount packages of up to 70%. The new initiative will apply to nationals from US, Canada, the UK, European Union nations, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, Cambodia, Thailand, China, India and Indonesia. According to government data, tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka declined by about 45% in July from a year earlier.

The Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand Opened New MRT Stations in Bangkok Old Town

The Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (“MRTA”) has officially opened five new metropolitan rapid transit (“MRT”) blue line stations in Bangkok’s old town area. According to the governor of MRTA, free rides will be offered to the public for 2 months starting from July 29th to September 28th from 10am to 4pm and will begin collecting fares of THB16-42 per ride from September 29th. The five new stations are part of a 14-kilometer extension from Hua Lumpong station which involves eleven stations, including four underground stations namely Wat Mangkon (China Town), Sam Yot, Sanam Chai and Itsaraphap before surfacing at Tha Phra, and running over ground west to the remaining unopened stations. The line is anticipated to cater to approximately 500,000 passengers daily when all stations are fully operational. The four new underground stations features the most beautiful design in the country and the remaining stations are slated to be completed for public use in Q1 2020.  The opening of new stations will greatly ease visitors who seek to visit Bangkok’s famous attractions in the old town area.

Absolute Share Price Performance, as on 9 August 2019

Closing Share Price as at 9 August 2019 2 August 2019 % Change
Australia Stock Exchange (ASX)
Elanor Investors Group 1.91 1.93 -0.8%
Event Hospitality & Entertainment Ltd 12.25 12.60 -2.8%
General Property Group 6.09 6.21 -1.9%
Mirvac Group 3.26 3.22 1.2%
Bangkok Stock Exchange (THB)
Central Plaza Hotel Public Co Ltd 32.50 34.00 -4.4%
Dusit Thani Public Co Ltd 9.90 10.40 -4.8%
The Erawan Group Public Co Ltd 5.40 5.85 -7.7%
Grande Asset Hotels & Property Public Co Ltd 0.76 0.81 -6.2%
Laguna Resorts & Hotel Public Co Ltd 45.75 46.00 -0.5%
Minor International Public Co Ltd 38.00 39.75 -4.4%
China Shanghai Stock Exchange (RMB)
Jinling Hotel Corporation Ltd 10.56 11.22 -5.9%
China Shenzhen Stock Exchange (RMB)
Huatian Hotel Group Co Ltd 2.58 2.85 -9.5%
Guangzhou Dong Fang Hotel Co Ltd 7.34 7.93 -7.4%
Huazhu Group Limited 31.38 34.06 -7.9%
Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HK$)
Miramar Hotel & Investment Co Ltd 15.32 16.96 -9.7%
Regal Hotels International Holdings Ltd 4.66 4.82 -3.3%
Sino Hotels Holdings Ltd 3.00 3.16 -5.1%
The Hong Kong & Shanghai Hotels Ltd 9.64 10.68 -9.7%
Shangri-La Asia Limited 8.64 9.72 -11.1%
National Stock Exchange (INR)
IHCL (Taj Hotels, Resorts & Palaces) 140.8 145.5 -3.2%
EIH (Oberoi Hotels & Resorts) 158.5 163.5 -3.1%
Hotel Leela Ventures 7.4 7.7 -3.9%
Korea Exchange (KRW)
The Shilla 78500 83300 -5.8%
Singapore Stock Exchange (S$)
Amara Holdings Ltd 0.48 0.48 -1.0%
ARA HTrust  (US$) 0.87 0.89 -1.7%
Ascendas Hospitality Trust 1.03 1.05 -1.9%
Ascott Residence Trust 1.25 1.30 -3.8%
Banyan Tree Holdings Limited 0.46 0.49 -5.2%
CDL Hospitality Trusts 1.57 1.64 -4.3%
Eagle HTrust 0.71 0.72 -2.1%
Far East Hospitality Trust 0.66 0.69 -4.4%
Frasers Hospitality Trust 0.70 0.71 -2.1%
Hotel Grand Central Ltd 1.28 1.33 -3.8%
Hotel Properties Ltd 3.54 3.65 -3.0%
Mandarin Oriental International Ltd (US$) 1.43 1.66 -13.9%
OUE Hospitality Trust 0.72 0.75 -4.0%
Stamford Land Corporation Ltd 0.48 0.48 1.1%
Taiwan Stock Exchange (NT$)
Formosa International Hotels Corporation 151.5 169.5 -10.6%
The Ambassador Hotel, Ltd 21.1 22.3 -5.4%
Tokyo Stock Exchange (JPY)
Japan Hotel REIT Investment Corp. 87100 91400 -4.7%
Imperial Hotel, Ltd 1986 2012 -1.3%
Red Planet Japan Inc 122 126 -3.2%

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