Mall Operator Simon Property Group Bets on Adding Hotels (2023)

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Sunday, May 7

During the elevated inflationary period of 2022 and the first quarter of 2023, the U.S. hotel industry has significantly outpaced inflation growth, according to JLL’s latest U.S. Hotel Investment Trendsreport. In Q1 2023, ADR growth exceeded inflation growth by 4.3 percentage points.

Simon Property Groupexpects to spend roughly $1.5 billion building 2,000 multifamily units andhotel rooms over five years. A model is the Phipps Plaza in Atlanta, a mall with aNobu Hotel. In terms of hotels, they will be headed forFlorida. The REIT is also considering building a hotel inCape Cod, Massachusetts.

Drury Southwestplans to build aDrury Plazahotel inCollege Station, Texas. The project is estimated to cost nearly $20 million. The full buildout is expected in the third quarter of 2024.

The Harbor Winds Hotel inSheboygan, Wisconsin, has been sold byPride HospitalitytoAdventure Hospitality.

Skift Note: Simon Property Group is one of the most significant operators of shopping malls and multi-residential complexes in the U.S., and it’s telling that they want to overweight hotels in their property development as part of the overall mix as traditional retail struggles in downtown centers.

Monday, May 8

Rosewood Hotels & Resortshas been appointed byEleven D&C Co., Ltd. to manageRosewood Seoul, a new build, 250-room, ultra-luxury hotel set to open in 2027. The hotel will exist within The Parkside Seoul beside Yongsan Park, occupying the former site of the United Nations Command. The urban resort will include seven restaurants and bars. The hotel will have a spa and multi-purpose event space totaling 1,800 square meters.

Kaara Hotels and Resorts is targeting to have 101 properties across India in the next 10 years. They currently have four hotels and resorts spread across North India and five more in the pipeline.

Skift Note: For more on Rosewood’s strategy, see this Skift piece.

Tuesday, May 9

Choice Hotels Internationalreported solid 1Q results, better than expectations. In the good old days, when stocks actually moved up and down based on fundamentals, you could dictate the direction of CHH stock by whether they bought back stock or not. Clearly, that is not the case anymore as CHH repurchased $160 million worth of stock in 1Q but the stock still sold off today after the earnings report. CHH has 3.4 million shares left on their repurchase authorization so it is probably a good assumption there will be a repurchase authorization soon. CHH also announced they were increasing the annual dividend rate by 21%.

Deutsche Bankupped their target price onRyman Hospitalityto $128 from $126 and reiterated their Buy rating.Truistsaid RHP remainstheir favorite Lodging REIT. They upped their target price to $119 from $115.

The city ofIndianapolis, Indianawill take over the financing for the long-awaited Signia by Hiltonhotel at Pan Am Plaza after Kit Realty Group Trust said they could not secure funding due to the state of the market. Construction for the $510 million hotel will be funded through hotel revenue bonds and not tax increases. The hotel will be developed alongside the Indiana Convention Center’s sixth expansion.

Cambodia is making plans to finish developing large tourist areasalong its coast on the Gulf of Thailand. Chinese investors began turningSihanoukvilleinto a large gambling center five years ago but that ended with a ban on online gambling. Officials are now planning to complete work on more than 1,100 unfinished buildings in Sihanoukville by 2026. A new tourist area calledBay of Lightsis under development nearby, due by 2028, reports Voice of America.

Viceroy Hotels & Resortsannounced the appointment ofYoav Geryas Chief Development Officer.

Scandic Hotelshas appointedLaura Tarkkaas new country head of the Group’s operations inFinlandas well as a member of Scandic’s Executive Committee.

Skift Note: For more on Choice’s earnings, read Skift’s article: “Choice Hotels Propelled by Guests Blending Business and Leisure.”

Wednesday, May 10

Strategic Property Partners LLCplans to develop aFour Seasonshotel in Charleston, the first inSouth Carolina. Proposals for the project call for three different buildings to be constructed on a 1.9-acre site. The mixed-use development will also include residential condominiums and retail space. Strategic Property Partners LLC has agreed on terms with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts to manage the planned hotel and residences.

Four Seasons and Azure Resorts & Hotels and Luxus Developments announced a new standalone residential project inLas Vegasslated to open in 2026.Four Seasons Private Residences Las Vegaswill be set within the MacDonald Highlands community, a private 11-acre oasis in Henderson, Nevada. The new project will comprise 171 high-rise residences and six standalone, family-style villas.

Choice Hotels International, Inc. announced the official start of construction on Cambria Hotel Pearl District-PortlandandCambria Hotel Hillsboro. Expected to open in Oregon in Spring 2025, this milestone marks Cambria’s entry into the Pacific Northwest. The six-story, 178-room Cambria Hotel Pearl District-Portland will be developed with HighSide Development. Evergreen Hotel Development Group is developing the four-story 115-room Cambria Hotel Hillsboro.

Filippino company Ayala Land Hotels and Resorts pushing forward with plans to increase the number of keys in its homegrownSeda-branded hotels. Ayala has reopened their El Nido and Sicogon resorts, are adding rooms inSeda Nuvaliand are opening the new 532-roomSeda Manila Baythis year. Itwill sit on top of AyalaMalls Manila Bay at the Aseana City in Paranaque. Ayala’s total hotels and resorts portfolio now stands at 4,058 rooms with another 1,504 rooms under construction.

Skift Note: Four Seasonshas arrived at126 luxury hotels and resortsand 53 branded residences over six decades.Marc Speichert, the chief commercial officer, recently said the brand is now averaging 5 to 7 openings per year. While that may seem like a lot, there are probably still fewer Four Seasons than offices of Accenture, a consultancy.

Thursday, May 11

IHGrecently reported signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Saudi Tourism Authorityat the Arabian Travel Market in 2023. To expand its presence in key cities such asRiyadh, Jeddah, Madinah, Makkah, Dammam, Al Khobar and the Megaprojects,IHG is positioned to add over 10,000 additional rooms to its portfolio in the next 2-3 years.

IHGalso announced it signed a management agreement with The King Abdullah Financial District Management and Development Company, a subsidiary of Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, to open a 212-keyKimpton Riyadhin 2024.

Hyatt Hotelsheld an Investor Day today. They are forecasting $650 to $850 million of free cash flow by 2025 and will be 80% asset-light for their earnings mix.H said they had increased their mix of Luxury, Lifestyle and Resort rooms to 44% of the portfolio in 2022 versus 32% in 2017. They expect the acquisition of Mr & Mrs Smith will expand its brand presence in luxury. They also are strategically expanding their portfolio in upper midscale and upscale, including the recent announcement of the Hyatt Studios brand.They reinstated their dividendat $0.15 per share a quarter. Once again it was a lousy day in the stock market to have a good announcement.

Citigroupcut their its price onAirbnbto $135 from $148. It maintained its Buy rating.

Effective Thursday, the Board of Directors ofLouvre Hotel Grouphas appointedFederico J. Gonzalezas Group CEO. From this new position, Federico will lead Louvre Hotel Group’s strategy and business. At the same time, Radisson Hotel Group’s Board of Directors has appointed Federico J. Gonzalez as Executive Vice Chairman. From this position,Federico will continue to supervise the Radisson Hotel Group.Starwood Capital andJin Jiang International Holdings Co.,Ltd. acquired Louvre Hotels in 2015. Jin Jiang is a majority stakeholder in Radisson Hotels Group. Jin Jiang, a Shanghai-based tourism powerhouse, became the majority owner of Radisson Hotel Group in late 2018. (Jin Jiang also has a 13 percent stake inAccor.)it owns Louvre Hotels Group, parent of the Golden Tulip brand. Jin Jiang has a master franchise agreement with Radisson Hotel Group that let it sign last year more than 25,000 Radisson-branded rooms in Greater China via Jin Jiang’s entities.

Skift Note: Saudi Arabiahas thelargesthotel construction activity in the Middle East and Africa region, followed byUnited Arab Emirates, according to hotel research firmSTR. Saudi Arabia has42,033 hotel rooms in the pipeline, followed by the United Arab Emirates, with22,324 rooms, as per March 2023. For more on Radisson Hotels Group, read this strategy overview piece and this CEO interview from February.

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