News

January 2017

Leisure Property Services have been instructed to sell a hotel site in Praia, Cape Verde. For more information please contact David.

Leisure Property Services have been instructed to find a JV partner for a resort development in the UK for more information please contact David.

December 2016

Leisure Property Services have been instructed to sell a hotel in Hawassa, Ethiopia. For more information please contact David.

Leisure Property Services have been instructed to sell a hotel in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. For more information please contact David.

November 2016

Leisure Property Services have been instructed to sell a hotel in Kigali, Rwanda. If you would like further information please contact Sandy.

Leisure Property Services have been instructed to sell a hotel site in Dakar, Senegal. For more information please contact Sandy.

David latest article African Hotel Development – Great potential returns for investors, is available at Article.

David Harper has written an article for the lastest edition of Into Africa, a publication from Capital Markets in Africa. INTOAFRICA_NOVEMBER_2016 – Article. If you would like further information please contact David.

October 2016

PRESS RELEASE – BOOK LAUNCH

David Harper FRICS, Director of Leisure Property Services in the UK and the Head of Property Services for Hotel Partners Africa, the leading hospitality consultants for sub-Saharan Africa has launched his second book, “Hotels and Resorts: An Investor’s Guide” at the African Hotel Investment Forum in Kigali Rwanda today.

This book presents a comprehensive analysis of how hotels, golf courses, spas serviced apartments, gyms and health clubs and resorts are developed, operate and are valued. Drawing on over 18 years’ experience in the leisure property industry, David Harper provides invaluable advice on to how buy, develop and sell such properties. Working through the required due diligence process for purchases, including how to identify a “good buy”, through the “route map” for a successful development and ending with how to ensure you maximise your returns when selling the asset, this book covers the whole life-cycle of leisure property ownership.

David is speaking on the many of the factors raised in the book during the conference in a session entitled “Hotel ownership: A Crash Course”.

David Harper, Head of Property Services at Hotel Partners Africa said “I am thrilled that we have been able to launch the book at AHIF, which I feel is the premier hotel conference aimed at the African market. I am sure that many of the attendees will appreciate the chance to review the book, which provides invaluable advice on all aspects of the ownership cycle.”

For more details, please contact David Harper.

PRESS RELEASE – EXPANSION OF HOTEL PARTNERS AFRICA
Today, at the African Hotel Investment Forum in Kigali, Rwanda, Hotel Partners Africa announced they were expanding, to deal with the increasing workload. In addition to the new office that Hotel Spec has just opened in the USA, W Hospitality Group have opened an additional office in Turkey, whilst Leisure Property Services are reviewing options for a new east African office. Staffing in the London office has increased by 100% this year, and space has been made available within the office complex for similar growth this year.

David Harper, Head of Property Services at Hotel Partners Africa said “The benefits of working in Africa is that we are dealing with 54 different countries, all with different economic cycles, and in different business markets. As such there is always one area booming, even whilst other markets contract. Our clients need help throughout the ownership life-cycle, not just with the development process, but also covering their exit or their holding periods. At Hotel Partners Africa we are very lucky to have a very experienced, skillful team, that uniquely amongst consultants covers all areas that our clients need. This diversity, along with really listening to and understanding our clients, has we think, been the secret of our success.”

For full details of this exciting expansion please contact David Harper.

PRESS RELEASE – Unique portfolio opportunity revealed
Hotel Partners Africa have launched the sale of a stunning hotel portfolio at the African Hotel Investment Forum in Kigali. This 9 strong property portfolio covers some of the best and most desirable trading locations in Kenya, including the corporate hub of Nairobi, the leisure centre of Mombasa, the safari capital of the Masaai Mara, and the events centre of Lake Naivasha.

David Harper, Head of Property Services at Hotel Partners Africa said “This portfolio provides a unique opportunity for an investor to get significant market share and geographic coverage in one of the most desirable hotel markets in sub-Saharan Africa. Data shows that despite difficulties related to falling commodity prices and currency values in various countries in sub-Saharan Africa, opportunities like this are extremely rare.”

For full details of this exciting portfolio please contact David Harper.

PRESS RELEASE – HOTEL SPEC OPENS NEW OFFICE
Hotel Spec, one of the founding members of Hotel Partners Africa, announced today the group’s expansion into the Americas region, with the opening of its new offices in Florida, USA. Mark Martinovic has been appointed President and CEO of Hotel Spec International Inc. which will commence operations in North and South America from October 2016.

Mark said “It is exciting times for the Hotel Spec group as we expand into the Americas Region after 14 successful years in sub-Saharan Africa. To date, Hotel Spec have worked on 98 projects in 22 African countries and we will bring this considerable experience to bear on the new region”.

According to the latest stats from STR, in June 2016, there are 522,324 hotel rooms either in planning stage or under construction in the USA and 95,633 rooms in planning or under construction in the combined LATAM and Caribbean sub-regions.

“Hotel Spec International Inc. will initially focus on the South American region while we establish our presence in the US and we hope to open new opportunities in the world’s largest hotel market within the first two years”, Mark continues.

Mark Martinovic is the founder and Executive Chairman of the Hotel Spec Group, a specialist hotel development advisory company with existing offices in South Africa, Mauritius and Nigeria.
Services offered by Hotel Spec include: Development Management, Project Coordination, Development Technical Services, Procurement, Logistics and installations of hotel projects. Property Improvement Plans and Technical Due Diligence services are also offered.

For more details, please contact Mark Martinovic.

September 2016

With the release of the new book “Hotels & Resorts ; An Investor’s Guide”, the author David Harper, with contributions from many of the industry’s leading experts, including Mark Martinovic (Hotel Spec) and Trevor Ward (W Hospitality Group), has provided an invaluable source of reference for all of those involved in the hospitality industry. The publishers have provided a sample of the book which can be downloaded here.

Join us at Africa Hotel Investment Forum, 4 – 6th October 2016 in Rwanda.

David Harper will hosting discussions on “Valuations – What Owners and Bankers need to know”, “Hotel Ownership: A Crash Course” and “Money Matters:Raising Capital”.

For the full programme of events please visit AHIF.
August 2016

We are very excited to announce that Hotels and Resorts: An Investor’s Guide is now available to purchase from Routledge. If you are interested in any further information regarding David’s latest book please contact David Harper.

June 2016

David will be speaking at the African Hotel Investment Forum in Lomé, on 21st – 23rd June on Finding Finance and on the West African markets overview.

David has been instructed by an operator to source hotels in major capital cities across sub-Saharan Africa for them to lease. All hotel owners who are after a tenant, rather than a management company should contact David Harper.

Please see the link for David’s latest article in the Estates Gazette.Matters of Taste 2016

May 2016

We have been instructed to sell a hotel in Agra, India. For further details of this opportunity contact David.

We have been instructed to sell a hotel in Marrakesh in Morocco. For further details of this opportunity contact David.

We have been instructed to source a JV partner for a series of new developments in Southern Africa. For further details of this opportunity contact David.

W Hospitality has released its 8th annual Pipeline Report Hotel Chain Development Pipeline in Africa 2016. Please contact David to discuss.

April 2016

We have been instructed to sell a hotel in Maputo in Mozambique. For further details of this opportunity contact David.

We have been instructed to source a JV partner for a new development in the Kruger National Park in South Africa. For further details of this opportunity contact David.

We have been instructed to sell a hotel in Mozambique. For further details of this opportunity contact David.

We have been instructed to source a JV partner for a new development in Kampala in Uganda. For further details of this opportunity contact David.

We have been instructed to source a JV partner for a new development in Maputo in Mozambique. For further details of this opportunity contact David.

We have been instructed to source a JV partner for a new development in Port Harcourt in Nigeria. For further details of this opportunity contact David.

We have been instructed to source a JV partner for a new development in Ibadan in Nigeria. For further details of this opportunity contact David.

March 2016

We have been instructed to source a JV partner for a new development in Lagos in Nigeria. For further details of this opportunity contact David.

We have been instructed to source a JV partner for a new development in Abuja in Nigeria. For further details of this opportunity contact David.

We have been instructed to source a JV partner for a new development in Sierra Leone. For further details of this opportunity contact David.

November 2015

Please see the latest press release from our partner Hotel Partners Africa regarding the Marriott/Starwood merger Marriott and Starwood merge press release.

David has written an article for the Estates Gazette on retail mall hotels Shopping Centre hotels – EG. Please contact David. for expert advice.

October 2015

David provides his insights to Jovago (online hotel booking company) on the Ethiopian hospitality industry <http://jovago.com/en-gb/hospitality-report-ethiopia and .

David Harper, Director of Leisure Property Services and Head of Property Services has been quoted by Africa Business in the article Ethiopia Targets to Triple its Number of Visitors http://africabusiness.com/2015/10/22/ethiopia-targets-to-triple-its-number-of-visitors/.

The African Hotel Report 2015 has just been published and released at AHIF. For a copy please email David.

September 2015
David Harper examines the impact the Tunisian beach massacre has had on the country’s hotel market and how trouble in the rest of Africa continues to blight a continent offering huge growth potential in a recent article published in the Estates Gazette. EGR_050915_062-063

June 2015
David has written an article for the Estates Gazette on the Lodge market in Africa EG Retail – African lodges

We have been instructed to find a development partner for a series of lodges in southern Africa. For further information lease contact David.

We have been instructed to sell a beach hotel in Mombasa with fantastic development potential. For further information lease contact David.

May 2015
We have been instructed to sell a hotel in Kampala. Please contact David for more information.

We have been instructed to find a JV partner for a development in Gibraltar. Please contact David for more information.

We have been instructed to sell a hotel in Abuja, Nigeria. Please contact David for more information.

We have been instructed to find a JV partner for a development in Dar es Salaam. Please contact David for more information.

April 2015
We have been instructed to sell a lodge in Kenya. Please contact David for more information.

March 2015
We have been instructed to find a JV partner for a site in Maputo. Please contact David. for more information.

February 2015
We have been instructed to find a JV partner for a development in the Seychelles. For more details please contact David.

We have been instructed to sell a boutique safari lodge in the Maasai Mara. For details on this opportunity please contact David Harper.

January 2015
LPS have been instructed to find a JV partner for a development opportunity in Spain. Please contact David for further details.

December 2014
We have been instructed to sell a boutique lodge in Mozambique. Further information can be obtained by contacting David Harper.

We have been instructed to find a buyer for a turnkey hotel in Morocco. Please contact David for further details.

November 2014
We have been instructed to advise on how to develop lodges in southern Africa. For more information on this, and the opportunities to invest please contact David Harper.

October 2014
We have been instructed to source a JV partner for a new development in the Copper Belt in Zambia. For further details of this opportunity contact David Harper.

LPS have been instructed to find a JV partner for a development site in north east Brazil. For details on this exciting opportunity please contact David.

September 2014
We have been instructed to find a buyer for an operational hotel in Ghana. Please contact David for further details.

World Record broken for the highest ever game of cricket. David Harper (Director of Leisure Property Services & Head of Property Services at Hotel Partners Africa) has led a team of cricketers to the top of Mt Kilimanjaro to play the highest ever game of cricket. The Gorilla’s led by England VC Heather Knight were victorious over the Rhino’s led by Ashley Giles. www.mtkilimadness.com

David Harper will be presenting a panel on investment opportunities at AHIF, being held in Addis on 29th September and 1st October. Please contact David Harper for further information.

August 2014
We have been instructed to find a buyer for an operational hotel in Rwanda. Please email David Harper for further details.

July 2014
We have been instructed to sell an off market operational hotel in Durban, South Africa. For more information contact David Harper.

We have been instructed to find a JV partner to develop a site in Lesotho. For further details please email David Harper

June 2014
David Harper will chair at the GRI Africa conference in Nairobi on 18/19th June. For further information please contact David Harper.

May 2014
We are moving! We have taken on space three times the size of the current floor space to keep up with demand. The address is Africa House, 182 Brighton Road, Coulsdon, Surrey, CR5 2NF, United Kingdom and the new office phone number is +44 (0) 203 7549 174.

May 2014
David Harper, Director at LPS & Head of Property Services at Hotel Partners Africa will be a key speaker at the Hotel Summit East Africa which will be held from 15-16 May 2014.

April 2014
We have been instructed to find a buyer for the Radisson in Lusaka. For further details please contact David Harper.

LPS/HPA have been instructed to find a buyer for a hotel “off-market” in Ghana. For further details please contact David Harper.

March 2014
Interviews with David Harper, Director of LPS & Head of Property Services for Hotel Partners Africa; for yBC & Hospitality Channel
Hotel Partners Africa – One Stop Shop

Responding to Africa’s hotel shortage

The Challenge of hotel valuation in Africa

A mix of international and regional investors in Africa

The limitations of a regionalist approach

How governments can help or hinder the hospitality industry

Advice on successful hotel sales

February 2014
David Harper comments in the Estates Gazette on Marriott’s entry into sub-Saharan Africa EGR_150214_Africa. For further details please contact David Harper.

February 2014
Leisure Property Services along with Hotel Partners Africa have been instructed to sell a prime Kenyan resort off an asking price of USD$26m. For further information please contact James Moy.

February 2014
Leisure Property Services along with Hotel Partners Africa have been instructed to sell a prime development site in Kigali, Rwanda. For further details please contact David Harper.

January 2014
Leisure Property Services along with Hotel Partners Africa have been instructed to find a joint venture partner for a new development in Cape Verde. For more information please contact David Harper.

January 2014
Leisure Property Services along with Hotel Partners Africa have been instructed to find a buyer for a new aparthotel in Mauritius. Contact David for further details.

November 2013
Marriott takes on Africa in the article in Travel Weekly.

November 2013
David Harper of Leisure Property Services and Hotel Partners Africa provides valuable insight into the hotel
market in Africa. A must read for any serious hotelier or investor Asset in Africa 3. For further information please contact David.

November 2013
Trevor Ward of W Hospitality Group and Vernon Page of Hotel Partners Africa share insights on the business of hotel development in Africa in Frontier Market Network 4577-the-prospect-for-new-hotel-developments-in-africa#.Uo3MX0pFDIU. Hotel Partners Africa is formed of 3 partner companies W Hospitality Group, Hotel Spec and Leisure Property Services.

November 2013
Santa Monica Beach Resort Developments, advised by Hotel Partners Africa and Leisure Property Services have selected Small Luxury Hotels to manage the first stage of the ‘Santa Monica Beach Resort’ located on Boa Vista in Cape Verde. For further information please contact David.

November 2013
The Hospitality Lending Conference 2013 was held on the 29th of October in Lagos, Nigeria and was a great success. The full day programme discussed in depth all aspects essential for prudent lending on hospitality products and what to look out for in the due diligence process. The Directors from Hotel Partners Africa each presented at the conference in their area of expertise; Finance and Structuring as well as Asset Management by Vernon Page, Hotel Valuation and Agency Transactions by David Harper, Management Agreement and Hospitality Industry by Trevor Ward and The Hotel Development Process as well as Project Due Diligence by Mark Martinovic. For further information or copies of the presentations please contact Catherine.

October 2013
David Harper from LPS along with directors from Hotel Partners Africa presented at the African Hotel Investment Forum in Nairobi on the 23-25th September. This short report highlights the content of each of the director’s involvement with regard to their area of expertise.AHIF Summary Report_PDF For further information or copies of the presentations please contact James.

September 2013
Are you too late? Find out in the article written by David Harper, Director of Leisure Property Services and Head of Property Services at Hotel Partners Africa EG Article Autum 2013. To join in time please contact David.

September 2013
David Harper, Director of Leisure Property Services and Head of Property Services at Hotel Partners Africa outlines when is the best time to sell your hotel in A*sset in Africa’s September edition Asset in Africa issue2 . For further information on this important topic please contact David.

August 2013
We have been instructed to find a JV partner for an eco-lodge to the east of Ambroseli National Park. This community based project will provide a model for sustainable tourism across Kenya, as well as good returns for the chosen JV partner. For further information on this exciting opportunity please contact David.

August 2013
We have been instructed to find an investor for a luxury hotel development on the Kenyan Coast with 40 bedrooms, operated by a niche luxury operator. For further information on this exciting opportunity please contact David.

August 2013
Trevor Ward of Hotel Partners Africa & W Hospitality Group has been quoted in an article in Canada.com again referring to the hotel boom in Africa Canada.com Article. To discuss please contact David.

August 2013
Trevor Ward of Hotel Partners Africa has been quoted in the article Hotels eye opportunities in Africa bd live article. To discuss please contact David.

July 2013
Trevor Ward of Hotel Partners Africa has been quoted in an article outlining the current real estate boom in Africa Hilton Leads Rush to Africa July 23 2013. To discuss please contact David.

July 2013
LPS have been instructed to find a joint venture partner for one of the most exciting new developments in Montenegro. This new eco-resort, managed by Small Luxury Hotels is located in one of the most beautiful national parks in the Balkan region. To discuss please contact David.

July 2013
LPS have been appointed to find a joint venture partner for one of the best boutique resorts in Mozambique, located in the stunning Quirimbas National Park. To discuss please contact David.

July 2013
LPS have been appointed to find a joint venture partner for a new resort development on Boa Visa, Cape Verde. To discuss please contact David.

July 2013
LPS have been appointed to find a joint venture partner for a new luxury boutique resort in Kenya, just to the south of Malindi. For further details please contact David.

July 2013
Leisure Property Services are pleased to announce James Moy has been appointed a Property Surveyor. James will be working closely with David Harper and the rest of the team.

June 2013
David Harper in conjunction with Hotel Partners Africa has published a paper discussing what bank needs to look for in a hotel valuation What a bank really needs from a hotel valuation.  For further information on this please contact David.

June 2013
David comments on the potential to invest in the hospitality industry in Mozambique in preview issue of “Asset in Africa”Asset in Africa Preview .  For further information on this please contact David.

May 2013
Trevor Ward, the leading expert on hotel development in sub Saharan Africa comments briefly on the peculiarities of the hotel development process in Africa in Estates Gazette EGA_110513_106. For further information on this please contact David.

May 2013
We are working exclusively with LUX* Resorts to find joint venture opportunities. To discuss please contact David.
May 2013
LPS has been retained to find an operator for a hotel in Kenya. To discuss please contact David or Alistair.

March 2013
In the latest edition of the Estates Gazette David Harper of LPS and Hotel Partners Africa comments on the African Hotel Market EGA_230213_africa. For further information on this please contact David.

March 2013
David Harper of LPS and Hotel Partners Africa and Mark Martinovic of Hotel Spec and Hotel Partners Africa comment on the South African Hotel Market Tourism Update Digi Mag Mar 13. For further information on this please contact David.

March 2013
Research by W Hospitality Group, a founding member of Hotel Partners Africa revealed the Hotel Development Pipeline in Africa at the IHIF in Berlin Hotel Pipeline Growth. For further information on the Pipline or Hotel Partners Africa please contact David.

March 2013
David Harper joins forces with other three other experts on the African hotel market to form Hotel Partners Africa. Please see press release for further details HPA Launch Press Release or contact David.

February2013

LPS has been instructed to find a buyer for a hotel in Cape Verde. For further information please contact David or Alistair.

February2013

LPS has been instructed to sell one of the leading hotels in Tanzania. For further information please contact David or Alistair.

February2013

Leisure Property Services has been instructed to complete an Operator Selection for a new resort in Cape Verde. For additional information please contact David or Alistair.

February2013

LPS has been instructed to source a buyer for a hotel site in Grenada. For additional information please contact Alistair or David.

January 2013

Leisure Property Services have been instructed to find a JV partner for a hotel development in Montenegro. For further information please contact David.

January 2013

David Harper along with W Hospitality Group’s Trevor Ward outline how to maximise returns from a hotel investment in the Africa Investor. AI Article For further information please contact David.

November 2012

David discusses the power of brands in the Estates Gazette EG – Waking up to reality. For further information please contact David.

November 2012

In the African Business magazine David discusses the top 6 hotel markets in sub-Saharan Africa African Business Article. For further information please contact David.

November 2012

LPS have been instructed to sell one of the best hotels on Tobago. For further information please contact David.

November 2012

LPS have been instructed find an Operator for a new hotel development in Santorini. For further information please contact David.

November 2012

LPS have been instructed to sell a hotel site in Zanzibar. For further information please contact David.

November 2012

LPS have been instructed to find a buyer for a hotel in Croatia. For further information please contact David.

November 2012

LPS have been instructed to find a JV Partner for a site in Cape Verde. For further information please contact David.

November 2012

LPS have been requested to find sites for hotel development in the UK. For further information please contact David.

October 2012

In the Africa Investor, David Harper discusses the nature of valuation Africa Investor – The Nature of Valuation. Please contact David.

September 2012

LPS have been instructed to find an Operator and JV partner for an exciting hotel development opportunity in Tanzania. For further information please contact David.

September 2012

LPS have been retained to find suitable hotel development opportunites across the main regional cities in the UK. For further information please contact David.

September 2012

LPS have been instructed to sell a mid-market hotel in South Africa. For further information please contact David.

September 2012

LPS have been instructed to sell one of the best hotels in Tanzania. For further information please contact David.

August 2012

LPS have been instructed to find potential hotel sites in Central London. The site would not need to have planning consent, but should be well connected and suitable for a 200+ bedroom limited service hotel. For further information please contact David.

August 2012

LPS have been instructed to find a JV Partner for a unique development in an emerging market.  In addition LPS will be required to select the most suitable hotel operator for the luxury development. For further information please contact David.

August 2012

LPS announce the successful conclusion of negotiations to select an Internationally Branded Hotel Operator for a luxury hotel on the coast of Montenegro. For further information please contact David.

August 2012

LPS have been instructed to find an Internationally Branded Operator for a unique Eco Resort on Lake Skadar in Montenegro.  For further information please contact David.

August 2012

LPS have been instructed to sell one of the finest boutique hotels in Greece and are inviting offers in excess of €6.5m. For further details please contact David or Alistair.

July 2012

In the Estates Gazette, David Harper discusses the current trend of brands muscling in on the boutique hotel market EGA_070712_074-076. Please contact David.

July 2012

LPS has been instructed to sell a property in Portugal, on an overall site area of 155 hectares.  Asking price $5m. Please contact Catherine.

July 2012

LPS annouces the sale of 10 Albert Embankment to a far eastern buyer for between £14-£15m.

June 2012

LPS has been instructed to undertake an Operator Selection on two different sites in Montenegro. For further information please contact David or Alistair.

May 2012

We were requested to write an article in the new and exciting Asset Magazine, a specialist on-line magazine aimed at African property owners. The article was a condensed guide to maximising your returns on a hotel investment. L&S_Mag_How_to_Maximise_the_returns_from_your_hotel_investment. (http://propertyasset.co.za/asset-issue1/), For further information please contact David.

May 2012

LPS has been instructed to sell a confidential hotel site in central London. For further information please contact David.

April 2012

Leisure Property Services have been instructed to sell one of the most prestigious eco-friendly hotels in the whole of Africa.  The beautiful beachfront safari lodge in Mozambique is available for $5m. For further information please contact David.

March 2012

LPS has been instructed, in conjunction with Savills to sell two hotel investments in provincial UK. For further information please contact David.

March 2012

LPS has been instructed to sell the fabulous Chateau Raba in Bordeaux (http://www.hotel-bordeaux-raba.com/en/index.php), one of the truly great hotels in western France. For further information please contact David or Alistair.

February 2012

LPS is pleased to have completed the off-market purchase of Number Eleven, a 60 bedroom boutique hotel in central London. This transaction continues to prove that good quality advice can lead to exceptional opportunities being realised.

February 2012

LPS has been instructed, in conjunction with the W Hospitality Group, to sell one of the largest and best loved hotels in the Gambia, the Kombo Beach Hotel (http://www.kombobeachhotel.gm/). For further information please contact David or Alistair.

January 2012

LPS has been involved in the on-going discussion on how to help some of the more run down seaside towns in the UK generate new and exciting business, to strengthen the local economies and to help the local hotels survive and thrive.