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Global Wealth Funds Buy ‘Trophy’ Hotel Properties Away From Big Brands

Excerpt from Hotel News Now

Feb 26, 2014 12:00 pm

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Global sovereign wealth funds and high-net-worth individual investors are steadily acquiring big-ticket hotel “trophy” assets around the world, and experts say the trend is likely to continue. While Middle Eastern investors have had the strongest presence recently among such buyers, cash-laden investors are now emerging from China to Norway to Latin America.

Major players such as Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide and Marriott International have sold multiple luxury properties to overseas buyers in recent months, particularly Middle Eastern individual investors and sovereign wealth.

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