HVS Report – 2022 European Resort Transactions

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  HVS Report – 2022 European Resort Transactions – By Shaffer Patrick, Matthias Hecht and Serena Yang

HVS discusses the primary resort transactions that came about in 2022 and appears on the tendencies in single-asset and portfolio transactions through the years.



The post-COVID period was anticipated to have been a narrative of sturdy restoration within the resort funding market. Nonetheless, the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, which fueled enormous will increase in power and meals costs, general inflation and due to this fact rates of interest, resulted in a blended image for resort transactions for the 12 months.  Though nonetheless reaching €13.3 billion, whole quantity in 2022 fell in need of 2021 by 18%, with 37 fewer transactions. Costs per room achieved increased ranges on common than in 2021, led by important value will increase in portfolio transactions.

Complete Transaction Quantity

Chart 1: Complete Belongings Common Value Per Room 2015-22

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Pricing & Deal Measurement

  • The typical value per room was €235,000 in 2022, a rise of 13% over 2021;
  • Resorts that transacted in 2022 had a mean of 128 rooms, which is decrease than in 2021 (-19%).

Chart 2: Complete Resort Funding Quantity 2008-22

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  • Deal quantity was strongest in the direction of the tip of the 12 months, with This fall being the 12 months’s strongest quarter of exercise (as is usually the case);
  • Deal exercise outpaced 2021 between February and April and in August and September.

Chart 3: Complete Asset Quarterly Quantity 2022 Vs 2021

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Chart 4: High International locations – Complete Asset Exercise By Quantity (€)

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Chart 5: High Cities – Complete Asset Exercise By Quantity

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Exercise by Investor Kind

  • Actual Property Funding Firms have been probably the most energetic traders in 2022, being each the most important patrons and the most important sellers of resorts by quantity. Non-public Fairness companies have been the second-most-active sellers, with Institutional Traders being the second-most-active patrons;
  • Institutional Traders have been additionally the most important internet patrons in 2022, buying €2.0 billion greater than they offered. The biggest internet sellers have been Undisclosed, with greater than €2.3 billion in disposals, adopted by Excessive-Internet-Value People with €1.4 billion in disposals, as proven in Chart 7;
  • As proven in Chart 6, European teams accounted for 73% of whole resort transactions in 2022.

Chart 6: Complete Deal Exercise By Area

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Chart 7: Capital Flows By Investor Kind (€)

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Chart 8: Capital Flows By Investor Area (€)

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Single Belongings

Single asset transaction exercise declined in 2022, as traders held onto properties owing to their quickly rising top-line efficiency, with RevPAR exceeding 2019 ranges in lots of instances.

  • Single asset transaction quantity in 2022 totalled €8.8 billion, falling in need of 2021 volumes by 14%;
  • The UK retained its crown as probably the most liquid market in Europe, and Spain solidified its place because the second most sought-after funding market in Europe;
  • The 12 months had some clear winners, with France shifting up into third place (as proven in Chart 9) and edging previous Germany, which had been persistently the second-most liquid European market pre-pandemic;
  • Collectively, the highest three markets in Europe this 12 months accounted for 50% of your complete single asset quantity.

Chart 9: Single Asset High International locations Breakdown By Quantity (€)

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Chart 10: Single Asset Funding Volumes 2005-2022

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Chart 11: Single Asset Transaction Quantity By Quarter 2022 vs 2021

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Funding Quantity by Metropolis

Some main European cities attracted considerably extra investor consideration than they did in 2021, contributing to their respective nations’ progress in 2022:

  • Madrid climbed to second place, behind London, with a complete quantity of €498 million (a 23% enhance on 2021), with offers such because the resort Princesa Plaza Madrid. Paris, the place quantity elevated by a formidable 49%, rising from sixth place in 2021, adopted Madrid in third place;
  • Italy’s single asset resort costs recorded a mean of €560,000 per room (+60%), which was pushed by a number of high-profile acquisitions, together with the Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco resort in Tuscany. Rome, specifically, noticed a quantity enhance of 883% versus 2021, together with the transaction of the W Rome, lifting the Everlasting Metropolis to the fourth-highest transaction quantity of any European metropolis in 2022;
  • Each Amsterdam and Brussels returned as prime funding markets in 2022, recording the fifth- and sixth-highest single asset volumes of any European metropolis in 2022, respectively.


Investor Kind

  • Institutional traders have been 2022’s largest internet patrons of single property at €1.4 billion (as proven in Chart 12), additional rising their funding urge for food in comparison with 2021 (internet €1 billion);
  • The largest share shifts got here from Excessive-Internet-Value People who have been rather more energetic in 2022 in comparison with 2021, with 75% extra acquisitions and 197% extra disposals of single property;
  • Actual Property Funding Firms have been the most important internet sellers in 2022, recording €863 million in internet gross sales, adopted by Excessive-Internet-Value People, who disposed of €633 million extra in property than they acquired.

Chart 12: Single Belongings – Capital Flows By Investor Kind (€)

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Capital by Continent

  • European patrons accounted for greater than 76% of all transactions, rising by 9 share factors in comparison with 2021, leading to internet acquisitions of €1.1 billion for the 12 months;
  • North American traders got here in at 13% of Europe’s whole transaction quantity;
  • Center Japanese traders, who have been largely dormant in Europe within the earlier two years, returned with considered one of Europe’s most high-profile acquisitions of 2022 – The Reykjavik EDITION in Iceland.

Chart 13: Single Belongings – Capital Flows By Investor Area (€)

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Notable Single Asset Transactions

Offered under is a collection of single asset transactions that occurred over the course of 2022. To request an expanded listing of transactions, please contact .

Chart 14: Notable Single-Asset Transactions (€)

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Portfolio Belongings

As with single property, portfolio gross sales declined in 2022. Though the common value per room for portfolios was 42% increased than in 2021, round 47% fewer rooms transacted, leading to an general decline in quantity. A number of of the most important portfolio offers came about within the UK, together with Alchemy’s acquisition of Inn Assortment, KSL’s acquisition of the Pig Resorts, Tristan’s acquisition of Level A and USS’s acquisition of Butlin’s.


  • Portfolio transaction quantity in 2022 was €4.5 billion, falling in need of 2021 volumes by 25% and amounting to the second-lowest degree of the final decade;
  • Whereas 2022 began off strongly, with a barely increased quantity than Q1 2021, transaction exercise declined by 43% in Q2 and Q3, in comparison with the earlier 12 months, as traders grappled with rising inflation and, notably, rates of interest;
  • In This fall, volumes have been near 2021 ranges, with 38% of the 12 months’s whole quantity occurring in This fall.

Chart 15: Portfolio Transaction Quantity By Quarter 2022 vs 2021

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Chart 16: Portfolio Funding Volumes 2005-2022

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Chart 17: Portfolio – High International locations Breakdown By Quantity (€)

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  • London retained its standing as probably the most liquid metropolis market in Europe, contributing €560 million (£468 million) in the direction of portfolio transactions, though this was 53% lower than in 2021. London resorts accounted for 35% of whole UK portfolio transactions, in comparison with 62% in 2021;
  • Madrid noticed the second-highest quantity, largely bolstered by the sale of the Rosewood and BLESS resorts by RLH Properties. Collectively, Madrid and Barcelona accounted for 11% of all portfolio transactions, with their quantity rising by 78% over 2021;
  • Paris and Amsterdam noticed the third- and fourth-highest portfolio volumes at €287 million and €171 million respectively;
  • In line with 2021, main German cities have been very restricted when it comes to portfolio quantity, at roughly €100 million.

Investor Kind

  • Actual Property Funding Firms and Non-public Fairness companies accounted for 61% of all portfolio exercise in 2022;
  • Resort Homeowners have been considerably much less energetic than the 12 months earlier than, accounting for less than 6% of whole quantity, as in contrast with 30% in 2021;
  • Institutional Traders and Actual Property Funding Firms have been internet patrons, at roughly €500 million of internet purchases every, whereas Non-public Fairness companies disposed of a internet €500 million greater than they acquired, as seen in Chart 18.

Chart 18: Portfolios – Capital Flows By Investor Kind (€)

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Investor Location

  • Europeans accounted for 68% of deal exercise, with North American companies accounting for 20%;
  • Center Japanese and Asian patrons have been noticeably absent in 2022.

Chart 19: Portfolios – Capital Flows By Investor Area (€)

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Notable Portfolio Transactions

Offered under is a collection of portfolio transactions that occurred over the course of 2022. To request an expanded listing of transactions, please contact .

Chart 20: Notable Portfolio Transactions (€)

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Conclusion and Outlook

As a 12 months anticipated to indicate additional sturdy restoration from the depressed ranges of funding exercise throughout COVID, 2022 didn’t transpire as anticipated. Nonetheless, this was pushed solely by the influence of worldwide geo-political and macroeconomic elements. Though solely 18% decrease than 2021 with €13.3 billion in resort funding quantity, 2022 was nonetheless 51% behind 2019 ranges.

The 12 months began strongly, with preliminary exercise outpacing Q1 2021, however the financial implications of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine put a really important dampener on funding exercise for the remainder of the 12 months. By Q2, prevailing market headwinds had slowed deal exercise under the 2021 tempo. Substantial rate of interest rises and decreased lender exercise hindered deal circulation, whereas rising working prices, introduced on by double-digit inflation and staffing shortages, impacted revenue forecasts. Resort buying and selling was, nevertheless, usually properly supported by sturdy top-line progress that reaped the advantages of saved disposable revenue through the pandemic and really sturdy demand for leisure journey. This helped many resorts to soak up the substantial will increase in wages and, notably, power prices that occurred through the 12 months.

Nonetheless, within the transactions market, the bid-ask hole widened considerably all year long, with most patrons attempting to find distressed offers that have been few and much between, and most sellers being unprepared to promote at such ranges and with very restricted stress from their lenders to take action. By Q3 and notably This fall, many traders had put new acquisitions on maintain whereas they reassessed values and waited for some extent of readability as to how excessive rates of interest have been more likely to attain, and the way seemingly it was that main economies could enter recession in 2023. As is usually the case, This fall in 2022 nonetheless completed because the strongest quarter within the 12 months, however this was primarily attributable to traders assembly annual funding targets, in addition to some early indicators that rates of interest have been more likely to peak at a degree decrease than initially feared.

Wanting forward, though current pressures on the banking system are actually elevating some issues, financial outlooks are in any other case usually bettering, and resort buying and selling fundamentals stay stable in lots of markets. Robust top-line efficiency in lots of locations, coupled with additional restoration prospects in most markets, counsel a optimistic outlook and equally assist soften pressures felt on revenue margins, decreasing distressed conditions. The leisure-led post-COVID restoration is now broadening to different segments, with additional sturdy restoration anticipated for enterprise journey and conferences. Inflationary stress will proceed to influence working prices this 12 months, although at clearly lowering ranges which might be nonetheless anticipated to be largely offset by increased income ranges. The results of the Ukraine battle will nonetheless be felt, particularly in neighbouring nations; nevertheless, plainly many traders really feel that this conflict could go on for fairly a while and that, within the meantime, life and enterprise exercise elsewhere must go on. For transaction exercise, there may be nonetheless loads of capital chasing high-quality alternatives, with southern Europe and key gateway cities specifically remaining extremely sought-after.

The substantial tightening of financial coverage since Q2 final 12 months has clearly began to rein in inflation, which is now anticipated to fall to round 2.5% in 2024 (in superior economies). Moreover, the IMF now expects that, as soon as inflation is tamed, rates of interest in superior economies could return to pre-pandemic ranges. As inflation reduces, pricing expectations will change, decreasing among the bid-ask unfold out there. Entry to financing by high-street lenders stays subdued, at ranges just like these skilled through the pandemic. Nonetheless, various financing choices are on the rise, servicing among the demand within the sector. Whereas the macroeconomic scenario shouldn’t be the place it was pre-pandemic, 2022 demonstrated that resorts are significantly better positioned to adapt to surging inflation than most different asset courses are. Though clearly aided by pent-up demand post-pandemic, very sturdy RevPAR progress has additionally indicated how rapidly resort operators can react in occasions of excessive inflation and rising working prices. With buying and selling fundamentals remaining sturdy and inflation having peaked, investor demand, particularly for prime and high quality property, of which Europe has many, stays excessive.

Solely transactions above €7.5 million are thought-about on this evaluation.

About Shaffer Patrick

Shaffer Patrick is an affiliate at HVS Hodges Ward Elliott within the London workplace, having beforehand labored for Hodges Ward Elliott within the USA, in addition to a number of tech start-ups. He graduated from the College of Pennsylvania’s Wharton College of Enterprise with a level in enterprise and logistical statistics. For additional data, please contact: spatrick@hvshwe.com or +44 20 7878 7776 (Work)

About Matthias Hecht

Matthias Hecht is an affiliate at HVS Hodges Ward Elliott, having beforehand labored at Marriott Worldwide. His main tasks embrace monetary evaluation, growth of promoting supplies and due diligence. Matthias is a local German speaker. He holds a bachelors (Hons) in Hospitality Administration from Glion Institute of Greater Schooling, Switzerland. For additional data, please contact: mhecht@hvshwe.com or +44 20 7878 7773 (Work)

About Serena Yang

Serena Yang is an Analyst at HVS Hodges Ward Elliott, having not too long ago graduated from Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne. She is a local English and Mandarin speaker. For additional data, please contact: syang@hvshwe.com or +44 20 7878 7774 (Work)

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