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With social distancing rules in place, and restrictions on eating out to stop the spread of COVID-19, food retailers have been forced to reinvent their business models to maintain cash flow. From restaurant kitchens turning into bakeries, to bars home delivering drinks packages, and takeaways turning to food apps, many are stepping up in how
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(Photo: CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP via Getty Images) Institutional investors are becoming increasingly involved in the operational side of Europe’s hotels as they plough more capital into the sector. Institutional investment in the region’s hotel sector soared by 80 percent last year, with €7.5 billion of acquisitions. In contrast, institutional investors only sold €3 billion of assets
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The climate emergency has brought the renewable energy sector to the fore as part of the solution for a low carbon future, and making the need for greater investment more pressing. With the sector underpinned by a growing array of sustainable infrastructure, stretching from offshore wind turbines to large-scale solar parks, income-seeking investors are starting
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As changing consumer demand continues to reshape the retail landscape, one sector is increasingly inspiring confidence in retailers and investors alike: neighbourhood shopping centres. Innovations in e-commerce coupled with a new generation of consumers has seen traditional retailers forced to adapt and retail investors rethink strategies around brick and mortar stores. But amidst this state
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Investor confidence in the UK’s hotel sector is set to return this year as Brexit uncertainty settles, providing opportunities for both buyers and sellers alike. In recent times, some investors have adopted a ‘wait and see’ approach, delaying decisions. Now, with Brexit a reality, it could go some way to settling investor nerves – dependent
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The way lifestyle brands approach their physical real estate strategy is changing. As sales have shifted online, brands have begun to utilize their physical presence to deepen their relationship with the consumer, share their story, showcase their products, and ultimately fuel (online) sales. This strategy is not just being deployed across conventional retail space, we’re
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Deciding when is best to take on a refurbishment project can often pose a headache for hotel owners and operators. Major works tend to have big payoffs in the long-term, but inconveniencing guests in the short-term is almost inevitable, regardless of the timing. The best solution is often presented during quieter periods, which tend to
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Hotel companies are increasingly shifting to an asset-light strategy as they expand. The last decade has seen a continued shift in hotel ownership. In 2010, roughly 70 percent of branded hotels were franchised operations. By 2019, that figure rose to roughly 80 percent. More companies are continuing to move away from owning the real estate
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(Photo credit: Bloomberg/Contributor/Getty Images News) Long gone are the days when offices with cubicles were the norm. Over the past decade, offices have been flooded with amenities like free snacks, yoga at lunch and hip areas to hangout. But expectations have moved on further. Employees are now looking for perks that go beyond fringe benefits,
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As low interest rates continue to be the norm across much of the developed world, real estate debt markets are liquid as investors remain committed to credit strategies and deal flow increases in an extended cycle. Download the report to find out the trends shaping real estate debt markets around the world.
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(Photo credit: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images) Real estate investors in Asia Pacific are steeling themselves for impacts stemming from the coronavirus, the threat of which would add to existing economic headwinds in the region. While it’s too early to know exactly how commercial real estate markets could be affected, the increasingly important position of China on
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(Photo credit: Ardiles Rante / Barcroft Media via Getty Images) Indonesia’s plan to build a brand-new capital city is gaining steam, with a growing list of investors expressing interest in the estimated US$34 billion project. Softbank Group Corp reportedly offered a yet undisclosed figure towards construction, while Indonesia’s Coordinating Minister for Maritime and Investment Affairs
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The questions of who owns the air above buildings has long been a hotly contested issue in metropolises like London, New York and Hong Kong. But as rapid urbanisation takes hold, and the amount of available space shrinks, more cities are waking up to the value of their air. Air rights – which allow for
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Large fund managers continue to dominate fund raising for real estate strategies across the globe, and they’re growing further. Between them, the world’s three biggest funds last year raised US$43.5 billion, with Blackstone Real Estate Partners’ ninth global fund attracting US$20.5 billion alone. With less funds closing in 2019 but more capital in the market,
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(Photo credit: Justine Tallis/AFP via Getty images) The UK has officially left the European Union (at 11pm GMT on Friday 31 January). For now, there’s no change in the UK’s economic relationship with the EU, with the country still treated as a member of the single market and customs union. But that arrangement only lasts
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