Australian Hotel Investment Sentiment Survey

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Colliers International Australian Hotel Investment Sentiment Survey seeks to identify future trends in the Australian hotel and tourism sector to assist with planning for the recovery, whilst establishing a benchmark position on key issues.

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Australian Hotel Investment Sentiment Survey

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Gus Moors

Head of Hotels | Australia

Sydney CBD

Having joined Colliers in early 2014, I have subsequently sold over $180 million of hotel assets across Victoria and NSW, including the largest hotel transaction in Victoria since 2008, being Bell City Preston for $143 million.

Prior to joining Colliers, I was Director of Asset Management for Tourism Asset Holdings Limited (TAHL), Australia's largest hotel owner and responsible for selling down this portfolio totalling over $1.5 billion.

Before TAHL, I was with Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels for 7 years, as Head of Asset Management and Chief Operating Officer for the Hotels group across Asia Pacific.

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Karen Wales

Director |Transaction Services, Hotels Asia Pacific

Sydney CBD

Karen has over twenty years of experience in the hotel industry and holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the Australian Graduate School of Management. She brings with her a specialised knowledge of the Asia Pacific hotel investment market and an ability to drive fresh capital into Australia’s hotel markets. She has developed an exceptional network over the past two years across Asia and the Middle East and within government, in her capacity as Senior Investment Specialist Tourism Infrastructure at Austrade and her knowledge of new entrants into the growing Australian tourism sector is second to none.      

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Nigel Greenaway

National Director | Hotel

Sydney CBD

For over 27 years, Nigel’s career in the hotel industry has spanned hotel operations and finance, working for leading hotel operators and more recently, heading two of Australia’s leading wholesale hotel investment funds.

Prior to joining Colliers, Nigel spent 10 years as the Fund Manager of Eureka Fund Managements First Core Fund. The fund comprised hotel investment in branded hotels such as InterContinental, Four Seasons, Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn. He led the fund team in establishing an investment in over $1.0bn of hotels in Australia and New Zealand. Nigel was responsible for the entire fund strategy of acquisition, repositioning, asset management, equity and debt capital strategies and exit strategy.

Nigel commenced the hotel investment stage of his career with Colonial First State Property as an Asset Manager for the portfolio of Marriott hotels in Australia before taking the funds lead role as Fund Manager.

In the early part of Nigel’s career, he held a number of Finance Director roles for Southern Pacific Hotels Corporation (now IHG) in Australia and the Pacific. After a period, as Regional Director of Finance for the Northern half of Australia he established his own hotel finance consulting group which provided accounting and financial related services to hotel operators and owners in Australia, New Zealand, Vanuatu and Fiji.

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Guy Wells

Director, Transaction Services | Hotels

Melbourne CBD

Guy has over 10 years of property experience with the primary focus over this time on the Hotel and Student Accommodation market originally in the valuation division and more recently. Guy qualified as a valuer in April 2011 and specialised in the valuation of hotel and leisure assets providing valuation and consultancy advice for a variety of property classes including accommodation hotels, gaming venues, pubs, clubs, motels, tourist parks and reception centres until early 2014. 

Since then Guy has specialised in the the hotel and student accommodation sectors as a Sales agent with a broad base of experience in the sales of pubs, motels, hotels, and student accommodation assets. Guy has been actively involved in the growth of the Student Accommodation sector across Australia particularly within Melbourne transacting a number of sites to a wide variety of major operators.

In addition to traditional real estate sales, Guy undertakes Hotel Management Agreement negotiations having worked for Salta Properties (Hotel Indigo - Docklands), Vicinity Centres (Hotel Chadstone - M Gallery by Sofitel) and Century Group (St Regis Melbourne) amongst others.  

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Mina Li

Associate Director | Hotels

Sydney CBD

Having been based in Hong Kong for over 10 years and more recently in Melbourne for the past two years, Mina brings a solid market research and consultancy background in hotel and hospitality assets.

Prior to joining Colliers, Mina was a Project / Associate Director of Horwath HTL focusing on development and financial feasibilities, investment appraisals, hotel management company selection and contract negotiations, operation performance reviews, large-scale destination and strategic planning for hotel, tourism and leisure developments across Asia Pacific.

Mina holds Bsc (Hons) in Hotel Management and started her career as an operations management trainee with Marriott International and worked in various hotel departments in the United States. With Certificates in Accounting and a Master in Property from the University of Melbourne, she brings strong financial and economic capability together with operation and service innovations to hotel investment and asset management.

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