European hotel investment hits new record in 2019

A strong final quarter drives hotel investment to 13.9% growth in 2019, with the UK remaining the largest hotel investment market in the region.

Total hotel real estate investment in Europe climbed to a record-breaking €27.8 bn in the 12-months to Q4 2019, an increase of 13.9% year-on-year according to the latest data from global real estate advisor, CBRE. Hotel investment accounted for 8.8% of all capital deployed in European real estate in 2019.
The UK remained the largest investment market for Hotel investment in Europe, capturing 26.1% of capital deployed. However, investment volumes in the UK were down 7.4% on 2018.
Hotel investment in Italy continued to gain momentum, increasing 141% year-on-year and maintaining its place as the third largest European hotel market. Italy had a particularly strong end to the year with 21 deals taking place in the final quarter. Two landmark deals included the acquisition of the Venice Murano luxury hotel scheme by Hong Kong based Langham Hospitality Group, and the acquisition of the former BNL bank headquarters in Rome by Antirion SGR for €190 mln (before conversion costs) to realize a 160-key ultra-luxury hotel.
France and Benelux recorded 19% growth in hotel deal volume year-on-year. Whilst the year got off to a relatively slow start, Benelux saw an influx of deal activity towards the end of the year, with transaction volumes reaching over €840 mln in Q4 2019 alone.
Germany had a strong end to the year, with transactions in Q4 2019 totaling €2.4 bn. Notable transactions included the first for LaSalle’s Encore+ fund, having completed on the ibis Budget and Adagio Access aparthotel in Munich’s Olympiapark. Germany hotel investment increased by 24.5% year-on-year.
Paul Kapiris, director, head of Cross Border Hotel Investment at CBRE commented: 'A flurry of deal activity in Q4 2019 helped the European hotel investment market achieve impressive growth figures. Strong investor demand from more core investors have compressed yields in the traditional markets, resulting in higher return investors looking for opportunities in CEE and Portugal.'


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