Italy Sees Growth in Occupancy and Hotel Transactions

April 29, 2016 Redazione

​In 2013, Italy had the third largest hotel market in the world according to Italy’s National Institute for Statistics. After the great recession of 2008, Italy struggled to get its occupancy rates up but saw a 3.8% increase in 2011 according to STR Global. A slight dip in RevPAR in 2012 saw another rise in 2013 due to domestic travel. This increase in travel and hotel occupancy has spurred the growth of the number of hotels, especially in the upscale and upper-upscale categories, which often have more rooms than one and two star hotels. Since 2014, international arrivals have increased by 5% and are predicted to overtake domestic travel in the coming years. This international travel is partially due to disorder in Northern Africa which is rerouting many tourists to parts of southern Italy like Sicily and Apulia. With new sophisticated tourists, the number of chains/branded hotels has also increased. In May of 2015 it was estimated there were over 5,000 branded rooms added to the market over the past three years. Many of these rooms are in the luxury and upper-upscale segments in the south and the midscale to luxury segments in northern cities like Milan. These additional rooms, according to Real Capital Analytics, have been a part of over €775 million in new transactions. Included in that figure is Villa Vignamaggio (pictured), in a province of Florence, which was sold at €970,000. It is predicted then number of rooms in tourism-driven cities like Roman, Venice, Florence, and Milan will continue to grow over the next few years.


Sardinian Hotel For Sale

April 26, 2016 Redazione

​Hotel Villa Piras in Alghero has been put on the market. This hotel offers 32 bedrooms, a garden, a multipurpose room and a pizzeria that can also be rented out. The hotel offers views of Capo Caccia and has possibilities for continued renovations. Typical three star hotels in the area, like Hotel Villa Piras, go for €3.9 million.


Fondo Strategico Italiano Enters First Hotel Investment

March 30, 2016 Redazione

Italy’s sovereign wealth fund, Fondo Strategico Italiano, entered into its first hotel venture by investing in Rocco Forte Hotels. The $95 million investment will allow Rocco Forte Hotels to double its portfolio over five years as well of pay off a portion of its $167 million debt. Fondo Strategico Italiano will receive 23% stake in the company and will take on the role of a strategic investor. Fondo Strategico Italiano is comprised of two Italian banks, Cassa Depositi e Presiti and The Bank of Italy. It was established by the Italian government in 2011 to “invest in strategic Italian companies and assets.” The sovereign wealth fund intends to stay in the top end of the market, focusing on 3 and 4-star properties. 


H.I.G Capital Invests in Italian Real Estate


H.I.G Capital has entered its fourth real estate investment in Italy. The private equity and alternative assets investment firm acquired residential and commercial properties through portfolio securitization. A majority of the properties are located in the Northern Italian regions of Emilia-Romagna, Lombardy, and Tuscany. This is H.I.G Capitals’ third investment into the Italian market in the last two and a half years.