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Premier Inn offers seven hotels in Thailand and India for sale

JLL Hotels & Hospitality Group named exclusive advisor in tender process


SINGAPORE, 17 NOVEMBER 2016 – A portfolio of seven Premier Inn hotels located in two of Thailand's top destinations, Bangkok and Pattaya, as well as India's most visited cities, New Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore, Pune and Goa, are being offered for sale through an international tender process with JLL Hotels & Hospitality Group.

Owned by UK company Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International, the portfolio offers two hotels in Thailand with a collective key count of 388: one property is located in the heart of Bangkok's retail and entertainment precinct, Sukhumvit Soi 11, and is set to be completed in the first half of 2017; the other hotel is minutes away from Pattaya's popular Second Road and enjoys close proximity to the town's beaches, retail malls and famous Walking Street.

Premier Inn's India portfolio, comprising five hotels in prime locations in the nation's best performing cities, will be among the largest hotel portfolios offered in India in recent times, with a total of 583 room keys.

"Hotel portfolios with vacant possession, occupying prime central locations and of this scale are rare and hard to come by in the current market," says Mr Mike Batchelor, Managing Director of Investments Sales, JLL Hotels & Hospitality Group, Asia. "There is an expected high level of interest from global, regional and domestic investors attracted to this opportunity as they are able to immediately rebrand the hotels to the operator of their choice upon purchase."

Set to achieve another record year in 2016, Thailand's tourism industry is estimated to see around 33.8 million international visitor arrivals. In a boon for investors, the Premier Inn hotels in Thailand are qualified to offer 100 percent overseas ownership.

India continues to be ranked as one of the fastest growing economies in the world with a 2016 forecast GDP growth of 7.6 percent. On India's growing hospitality investment sector, Mr Paul Chakkrit, Senior Vice President, JLL Hotels & Hospitality Group, Asia, says, "Given that we are witnessing the beginning of an upcycle in the sector and renewed interest in Indian hospitality assets by global institutional investors, the Premier Inn opportunity of unencumbered income-generating assets in top Indian cities is sure to be keenly contested."

The tender for bids is scheduled from 19 to 23 December 2016. Interested parties should contact Paul Chakkrit at chakkrit.chakra@ap.jll.com.

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​About JLL

JLL (NYSE: JLL) is a professional services and investment management firm offering specialized real estate services to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying and investing in real estate.  JLL is a Fortune 500 company with, as of December 31, 2015, revenue of $6.0 billion and fee revenue of $5.2 billion, more than 280 corporate offices, operations in over 80 countries and a global workforce of more than 60,000.  On behalf of its clients, the company provides management and real estate outsourcing services for a property portfolio of 4.0 billion square feet, or 372 million square meters, and completed $138 billion in sales, acquisitions and finance transactions in 2015. As of September 30, 2016, its investment management business, LaSalle Investment Management, has $59.7 billion of real estate assets under management. JLL is the brand name, and a registered trademark, of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated. For further information, visit www.jll.com.

JLL has over 50 years of experience in Asia Pacific, with 36,000 employees operating in 94 offices in 16 countries across the region. The firm won 15 awards at the International Property Awards Asia Pacific in 2016 and was named number one real estate investment advisory firm in Asia Pacific for the fifth consecutive year by Real Capital Analytics.  www.ap.jll.com.