MELBOURNE 19 June 2018: Managing Director of Melbourne-based property investment firm SBG Hotel Group, Mr. Paul Salter has today confirmed that settlement of the Watermark Hotel & Spa Gold Coast has occurred. The Group announced it would be acquiring the property from Japanese travel company, H.I.S. Co., Ltd. in March of this year. It is the first Queensland property to join the SBG Hotel Group portfolio which, prior to this latest acquisition, consisted of five hotels across Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra.
The settlement follows last week’s announcement that the hotel will be managed by long-standing SB&G partner, InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG) under a new, upscale hotel brand, vocoä. The Gold Coast property is the first signing of the new hotel brand globally and is expected to open under the voco flag in late 2018.
Mr. Salter said, “Today’s settlement moves SBG closer to our target of $1billion of assets and represents strong opportunities for our continued growth and diversification. With the acquisition now complete, we are looking forward to working with IHG to launch the voco brand in Australia.”
The 388-room hotel offers significant conferencing and food and beverage facilities, allowing the Group to tap into the local corporate market, as well as the growing leisure and tourism market that is attracted to the Gold Coast.
There will be no changes of employment for Watermark Hotel & Spa Gold Coast staff.
SBG Hotel Group also this week completed the on-sale of the 94-room Watermark Brisbane property to Prime Hotels, with all hotel staff transferring to the new owner.