The UK remains the most liquid hotel investment market in a tough European climate, according to research by property advisory company BNP Paribas Real Estate (BNPPRE).
More than half (53%) of all hotel transactions among the top five markets during the first half of 2012 took place in the UK. However, hotel investment volumes in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK for the first six months of the year suffered a 37% drop, compared with the same period a year ago.
Overseas high-worth investors continue to snap up prime assets, regardless of their high cost per key and low yields.
Investment activity remains stronger in Germany, France and the UK, while Italy and Spain continues to be affected by the ongoing debt crisis.
While growth in hotel performance in the UK does not look significant - occupancy rates up 0.8 points and revenue per available room up 0.9% - occupancies across the country are among the highest in Europe (73.3% nationwide and 85.6% in London).
By Janet Harmer
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