Briefing: The measured approach to decision making

According to a report by CIMA; ‘72% of organisations admit to at least one strategic initiative failing in the last three years as a result of flaws in their decision making process.’

It is said that we make 35,000 decisions a day. In a fast evolving business day, we need to have enough confidence in our information and processes to make decisions quickly. In the longer term, important strategic changes need to be considered and implemented carefully, as our experts discuss in these videos:

Our industry is changing fast, in hospitality, time sensitive data can now be used to update strategies on the fly. But investing in the technology to do this is in and of itself a big decision to make and even a good idea can be badly actioned.

The report ‘Joining the dots: decision making for a new era’ from CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) surveyed board-level executives at large organisations. In the survey, 80% of respondents said flawed information has been used to make strategic decisions.

Technology and data, when set up carefully, can be the competitive advantage that makes a significant difference to your business. With so much data coming through it is important it is systemized and ordered well but 36% of executives say their organisation is not coping with information overload. There is debate over how useful ‘big data’ is, with 37% saying it has helped and 32% saying it has made things worse.

Another factor in good decision making, identified by the report, is communication. 43% said their level of trust in fellow executives needed improvement and 57% said more active collaboration was required.

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Briefing: Are alternatives now mainstream?

Osprey Equity Partners recently agreed to fund an £80m development of a GoNative aparthotel in East London. They are backed by LJ Partnership.

Alternative accommodation types like aparthotels and hostels are becoming increasingly attractive to investors. More in-depth data from historic transactions and long established properties in the sector, have given investors greater insight on which to base their decisions. This is slowly bringing more products into the mainstream, as our industry experts discuss in these videos:

A report by WATG released last year showed that one attractive element of aparthotels is the cost effectiveness to build. It states that on a site with an £17.5m acquisition cost, a 4 star hotel would take £28.2m to construct and a 4 star aparthotel only £27.2m. It also states that terminal value on the aparthotel would be £93.1m and only £82.3m on the hotel, where both have an exit yield of 5%.

Another difference between hotels and aparthotels highlighted by WATG is that, in an aparthotel, rooms division accounts for some 93% of revenues, whereas hotels take a large portion of revenue from F&B and other areas.

Finally, WATG’s report showed GOP margins of 63% and 49% for the respective aparthotel and hotel.

When completed the GoNative aparthotel will be a 21 storey property. GoNative will manage the property under a hotel management agreement.

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Briefing: A surge in hotel investment

2015 has been a great year for hotel investment so far. There has been renewed positivity in the market and a rise in portfolio transactions. According to JLL, the UK has led transactions in the EMEA, with deals up 172% in the first half of 2015 compared to 2014. Overall in the EMEA region half year transaction volumes are up 85%. The US has also seen a rise in investment with transaction volume nearly doubling in the first half of 2015.

In this briefing industry insiders discuss the state of hotel investment, and who is investing in what:

JLL have reported that significant amounts of investments into the EMEA region has come from China and North America. Chinese investment has amounted to $1.9 billion so far this year.  Investment from North American private equity funds, which has reached $1.1 billion, has accounted for 57% of regional UK portfolio deals.

International investment into America amounted to $6.6 billion in the first half of 2015 representing nearly 30% of deal volume and showing a marked increase on 2014.

Some portfolio moves this year have included Accor’s restructuring of HotelInvest’s assets, which has involved the sale of 29 hotels in Germany and the Netherlands under a €234 million sales & Franchise back agreement in April, and the sale of seven hotels in the UK and Ireland for €38 million in May.

In June, Ashford Trust announced its intention to sell a 23 select-service hotel portfolio. And last month Pinnacle Hotel Management (PHM) sold a 15-hotel, select-service portfolio comprised of Marriott- and Hilton-branded hotels for $203 million to the Blackstone Group.

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Briefing: Serviced apartment sector is mature and growing

A new report from Travel Intelligence Network (TIN) shows that there has been a 14% growth in the serviced apartment supply chain globally since last year. The report, commissioned by The Apartment Service, found that there are almost 750,000 serviced apartments worldwide. It shows that serviced apartments are increasingly used by businesses for project work. And, like the rest of the hospitality industry, this sector has not gone unaffected by changes in distribution with 75% of operators receiving bookings from OTAs.

As serviced apartments gain prominence in the hospitality industry, four experts discuss the unique benefits and challenges of business and investment in the sector:

According to The Apartment Service: ‘The report highlights that the serviced apartment industry has reached a level of maturity that is showing future growth of supply.’ Deals are being done across the industry. At the end of 2014 there were approximately 1.700 units in the development pipeline in London according to the UK Serviced Apartment Report – Q4 2014 by Savills. There is also strong industry growth in Scotland with RevPAA up 16.2% year on year.

A recent merger between SACO and Oaktree Capital Management, announced on the 2nd March 2015, has resulted in the formation of a £60m hospitality company. The combined company has an inventory of 1645 apartments and is launching a new brand – Beyonder ApartHotels, which will focus on millennial travellers and will open its first ApartHotel in December 2015.

Frasers Hospitality announced the development of a new property in Hamburg recently (20th March 2015) which is the 50th city the company has entered.

Dublin based serviced apartment company StayCity has 1000 apartments across Europe and is due to open properties in Birmingham, Lyon and London in 2015.

And an industry leader BridgeStreet Global Hospitality, which rebranded last year, is going strong with 50,000 apartments in 60 countries and a collection of awards.

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Briefing: hospitality a key driver of economic growth

The value that hospitality creates for all economies across the world is sometimes overlooked by the global governments. This is exacerbated by the hotel industry being historically very poor at coming together in one-voice and explaining eloquently how significant a thriving hotel market can be to an area, region or even country.

In this briefing we hear from key experts about the consequences of a thriving hospitality industry and what the sector could be doing more of to push governments to recognise it as a stable hedge against economic instability. Including comment from:

  • Paul Slattery, Director of Otus & Co. Advisory on the next 10 years being crucial for global governments
  • Gaël Le Lay, Head of Hotel Investment for AXA Real Estate on the hotels sector growth being correlated with economic development
  • Robert Gaymer-Jones, CEO of Sofitel Luxury Hotels on pushing governments further to encourage tourism
  • Marc Socker, Senior Director – Hotel Fund Management of Invesco Real Estate on what he wishes David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, would do for the industry

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Briefing: an appetite for investment in the Middle East

With the world’s eye currently focused on specific parts of the Middle East, it is important to also focus on the huge opportunity open to hospitality and other industries throughout areas of the Middle East. This broader market is one of huge growth and potential for all sorts of hotel product and the pipeline for new developments is massive.

Understanding where the opportunities lie is important, and whether demand is continuing to outstrip supply in some of the most prolific hospitality markets including Saudi Arabia and Dubai is discussed by our leading experts in this briefing. Including video clips from:

  • Elizabeth Winkle, Managing Director of STR Global on the incredible pipeline in the Middle East
  • Bob Loewen, COO of Wyndham Hotel Group on bringing their brands to the Middle East
  • Christopher Knable, COO of Katara Hospitality on the opportunity the World Cup brings for hospitality
  • And Darroch Crawford, Managing Director of Premier Inn Hotels LLC on the market demands in Dubai
 


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Briefing: ingredients for deal making

Many components of what makes a great deal in hospitality haven’t changed in many, many years, however, there is an a continual evolvement of how deals can be struck and what is need to get that agreement over the final few hurdles.

Understanding the risk and what to consider when investing in new areas is key and many believe the emphasis towards long-term contracts is very real with investors wanting to ensure steady returns rather than immediate gain.

Experts discussing deal-making this week include:

  • David Thomson, COO of JA Resorts & Hotels on the importance of a partnership
  • Christian Mole, Executive Director – Transaction Advisory Services of Ernst & Young LLP on the long-term trend
  • Rob Seabrook, Head of Hotel Transactions for Savills on the need for good cash flow
  • And Gaël Le Lay of Head of Hotel Investment, AXA Real Estate on what they look for in a good deal
 


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Briefing: the potential for European growth

With the slow recovery from the global economic crisis in Europe and the growth in markets in the Middle East and Asia, it is likely that European countries and cities will struggle for some time.

What Europe does have on its side is maturity and some don’t believe the doom and gloom sentiment. The secure markets of London and Paris will always remain but picking further opportunities will be a bit more of a challenge.

Experts this week discuss the difficult task for the European continent and what needs to be done to get back to pre-2007 stability. Comments this week include from:

  • Rob Seabrook, Head of Hotel Transactions for Savills on the uncertainty seen in Europe
  • Nick van Marken, Partner & Global Head for Travel, Hospitality & Leisure for Deloitte on reasons to be optimistic about Europe
  • Patrick Sanville, Director of Hotels for BNP Paribas Real Estate on the continued growth of London and Paris
  • And Thomas Page, UK Head of Hotels & Leisure for CMS on provincial rates struggling in Europe
 


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Briefing: Europe needs to demonstrate growth to attract investment

With the green shoots of growth being seen across the European market, many believe we are seeing early optimism for not only the hospitality sector but all industry. However, with increasing influence of alternative markets, like China and Brazil, the EU needs to showcase itself as a great place too for capital investment.

As a mature market it has many strengths and we have seen a resurgence in deal making. The long-term prospects of hospitality are paramount, but with the incessant need for short-term returns, is Europe going to be able to show strong enough growth for investors to persevere? In this briefing we hear from:

  • Arthur de Haast, Chairman – Hotels & Hospitality Group for Jones Lang LaSalle on confidence being seen in the market.
  • Josh Wyatt, Partner – Hospitality & Leisure at Patron Capital Advisors LLP on whether Europe is the most exciting place for investment.
  • Richard Candey, Senior Director – Head of Hospitality for DTZ on the resurgence in deal making across Europe
  • And Andrew Taylor, National Head of Leisure for NatWest on London being a very different market to anywhere else in Europe.
 


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Briefing: investment in hospitality for 2013

In this briefing we hear from experts about the market for deals and the expectations of where they see the future of the market for 2013. Many believe that the industry has turned a corner and deal activity is now picking up. However, a degree of caution remains as we move out of the financial crisis. Shards of optimism are running rife in the industry, but is this positivity justified as we move further into the year.

In this briefing we hear from:

  • Laurence Geller, CEO of Geller Investment Company, on the market for hotel investment
  • Nick van Marken, Partner – Global Hospitality Leader of Deloitte on what is needed to unblock the deal activity pipeline
  • Clive Hillier, CEO of Vision Hospitality Asset Management on the obstacles to be overcome to increase deal flow
  • And Andrew Taylor, National Head of Leisure for NatWest on whether or not banks are lending
 


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