LMEY to Acquire Thomas Cook’s Spanish Hotels

3 October 2019 – The Swiss fund LMEY  is considering the acquisition of the 50% Thomas Cook Hotel Investments (TCHI) it does not yet own. TCHI, which owns five holiday resorts in Spain, could become 100% controlled by LMEY after the British tour operator’s bankruptcy.

In 2018, Thomas Cook and LMEY created the joint venture TCHI to create a chain of resort accommodations in the Mediterranean. TCHI’s portfolio of nine properties (four in Greece in addition to the five Spanish) is estimated to be worth approximately €250 million.

In Spain, TCHI owns Casa Cook Ibiza, Sunwing Arguineguin (Canary Islands), Aldiana Andalucía and Aldiana Costa del Sol (both in Cádiz).

Original Story: Expansión – Roberto Casado

Photo: E.F.E.

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Investment Funds Eye Thomas Cook’s Assets in Spain

30 September 2019 – International investment funds are already circling over Thomas Cook’s assets in Spain after its bankruptcy last week. Investor interest is focusing on the Balearic Islands, where Cook operates about 20 units.

Blackstone has recently been the most active buyer in the Balearic Islands through its hotel division, HI Partners. The groups Atom Hotels, Portobello Capital, Covivio, CBRE Global Investors, Corum AM, Elaia Investment, Apple Leisure Group, KKR and Hispania are also active in the region.

Beyond the failure of Thomas Cook, a recent fall in tourist arrivals from Germany has also put pressure on some small and medium-sized operators, providing more fodder for the mill.

Original Story: Preferente

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner


Thomas Cook Buys a 252-Room Hotel in Gran Canaria

16 May 2019 – Hosteltur

Thomas Cook has purchased the Sunwing Arguineguin Hotel in Gran Canaria through its hotel investment vehicle, Thomas Cook Hotel Investments (TCHI). The 4-star establishment, which has 252 rooms, is located around 15km from Maspalomas on the south of the island.

TCHI was created in March 2018 to help Thomas Cook accelerate its aims of managing more of its own brand hotels and investing in opportunities arising in Greece, Spain and the Mediterranean. The fund now owns 9 properties, with plans to grow its portfolio to between 10 and 15 by 2021.

Original story: Hosteltur

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Thomas Cook Signs a €51M Loan with CaixaBank to Finance Hotel Purchases

4 February 2019 – Hosteltur

Thomas Cook today announced that its joint venture with LMEY Investments, called Thomas Cook Hotel Investments (TCHI), has obtained a second round of financing amounting to €51 million thanks to an agreement with CaixaBank. The funds will be used to acquire hotels in Spain and the Mediterranean.

Thanks to that agreement, the joint venture’s funds to purchase hotels have increased by €91 million over the last three months, following the agreement signed with Piraeus Bank, according to reports from HostelTur news (…).

Those funds will be used to invest in opportunities that arise in Spain and the Mediterranean area. In fact, TCHI has also announced the acquisition of one 250-room hotel in the Canary Islands and another 300-room hotel in the Balearic Islands. In total, the seven hotels that the company currently owns represent assets worth €250 million and contain 2,200 rooms.

The fund has the objective of owning between 10 and 15 hotels over the next two years. A channel for more hotel acquisitions has been identified by the company and the team is focused on executing the expansion plan for the coming years.

TCHI was created in March 2018 to support the growth of the Thomas Cook’s own brand hotel portfolio as part of its strategy to take greater control over its hotel inventory and the customer experience (…).

Original story: Hosteltur 

Translation: Carmel Drake