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Buy intentions remain strong for upscale hotels in key European markets

According to JLL MENA Hotels Latest Hotel Investor Sentiment Survey

​​​​The latest Hotel Investor Sentiment Survey by JLL MENA Hotels reveals that 40% of respondents stated that their investment activity over the next 6 months will be to ‘buy’ assets, with positive buy intentions focused on Germany’s major cities and other key European markets including London, Warsaw, Vienna, Amsterdam and Paris.

Gabriel Matar, Regional Director Middle East & Africa JLL MENA Hotels said: “Survey results indicate that confidence in hotel real estate is holding up well despite the economic problems in Europe. Cap rate requirements remain firm at an average of 7.2 per cent, with keener yields for key gateway markets such as Paris, London and in key German cities where aggressive bidding has driven prices to peak levels. Yield requirements remain higher in MENA. Dubai yield expectations are at 10%.”

When it comes to the most sought after asset type in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) results show that 28.8 per cent of respondents indicated their interest in targeting upscale properties for investments, with the sentiment in this asset class rising significantly since the last Hotel Investment survey in May 2012. Demand for luxury assets is highest in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and the French Riviera.

In the Middle East and Africa, trading performance expectations have improved significantly since the last Hotel Investment survey although the outlook still remains slightly negative for the short and medium term. The improvement in sentiment is largely due to an overall stabilization in the region since the Arab Spring and tourist flows have started to return to countries such as Egypt and Tunisia.

Gabriel Matar continues: “Since the downturn of 2009, Dubai hotels have reported a strong recovery in occupancy and average daily rate (ADR) levels. In light of a slowing development pipeline and political stability in the country, investors believe that Dubai’s operating fundamentals will continue to improve in the short and medium term. Dubai is the best performing MENA hotel market and is certainly the one to watch in 2013.”

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