Author of www.HotelLawBlog.com
8 January 2007
Hospitality Lawyer on international hotel investments. In a number of recent postings on www.HotelLawBlog.com, I have focused on the attractiveness of international hotel investments and some of the big names pouring investment overseas. Some of the hot markets include Mexico, Costa Rica, the Caribbean, Spain, Italy, London, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, China and India. In Why we’re building hotels in India like crazy, I focused entirely on India, an explosive market that has often been overshadowed by opportunities in China. In announcing plans for Starwood Capital to invest a half billion in India alone, Barry Sternlicht says that there is so much demand that he is targeting an average annual return of 20% on investments in India!
With all the exciting potential for hotel development in these booming markets, it is tempting for developers and investors to rush in to “scoop up the profits”. But before they do, it would be wise to remember that risk is usually commensurate with reward. At the very least, they should ask: “What is the best way to make successful foreign hotel investments?” Here are a few thoughts from www.HotelLawBlog.com . . .