31 July 2017 – Idealista
Hispania is pushing ahead with its strategic plan and, to this end, has completed the purchase of two plots of land on which it will build 2 luxury resorts. The plots of land acquired by the Socimi for €13 million are located in the Canary Islands, specifically, in Lanzarote and Fuerteventura.
In addition to hotel resorts, the objective of the investment vehicle, in which the magnate George Soros holds a stake, is to incorporate retail, leisure and sports facilities into the complexes. The project looks set to involve a total investment of around €50 million in the case of Lanzarote alone.
Hispania already owns the Occidental Playa and Barceló Lanzarote hotels, and based on the plans that it has in mind, the five-star complex would contain more than 1,000 rooms, which would make it the largest establishment in Hispania’s portfolio. In Fuerteventura, the Socimi also owns several properties, including two hotels that it purchased in the summer of 2015 for just over €100 million.
Over the last week, Hispania has been in the news for several reasons. Firstly, it is negotiating the sale of 24 office buildings for around €500 million; the insurer Swiss Life is the final candidate in that process.
In addition, the Socimi saw the stock market debut of the investment vehicle that it shares with Grupo Barceló (known as Bay Hotels & Leisure), which started trading on 20 July with a market value of almost €500 million.
Original story: Idealista
Translation: Carmel Drake