Hong Kong’s Shangri-La group picks up second Australian hotel in a week with $48 million Brisbane Holiday Inn purchase

The Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts group has made its second foray into the Australian hotel market in the space of a week, picking up the Holiday Inn Brisbane for around $48 million.

It follows its purchase of Sydney’s Shangri-La Hotel in The Rocks for the $352 million announced earlier this week.

Shangri-La Hotels has also assumed management of the Brisbane Holiday Inn and will operate it as a Traders Hotel.

The hotel is located at 159 Roma Street, within walking distance from the CBD and Suncorp stadium.

The purchase of the Holiday Inn was facilitated by Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels’ Craig Collins, Dean Humphries and Peter Harper, who also advised on The Rocks purchase.

Collins says the Brisbane hotel market has witnessed the most transactional activity in Australia over the past six months, with this being the fourth transaction Jones Lang LaSalle has undertaken in the city over this period.

“Prior to this sale there had been very little activity as Brisbane has historically been one of Australia’s most tightly held investment markets,” he says.

According to Collins, Brisbane has been one of the standout hotel trading markets this year to date, with revenue per available room (RevPAR) growing by 5.9% to surpass the 2008 peak and reach $151.

Total hotel transaction volume in Australia has reached almost $1 billion for the year to date, with Asian investment accounting for over 90% of transaction volume.

Larry Schlesinger

Larry Schlesinger

Larry Schlesinger was a property writer at Property Observer

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