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Singapore's Buxami debuts in UK with Glasgow hotel buy

By Paul Norman - Wednesday, May 16, 2018 14:28

Singapore-based Buxani Group has bought the 117-room GoGlasgow Urban Hotel in Glasgow from the Crerar Hotel Group for around £10m.

Julian Troup, head of Colliers’ UK Hotels Agency, who acted on behalf of the Crerar Hotel Group, said: “The acquisition of GoGlasgow was conducted in a highly confidential fashion and is a further example of an overseas buyer securing a prime UK hotel outside of London.

“We are continuing to witness an increasing flow of such deals, particularly involving buyers from the Far East and Asia, because the devaluation of sterling following the EU Referendum means such transactions are now 20 per cent less expensive than in recent years, thereby making the UK hospitality market a very attractive prospect for buyers overseas.

“Crerar Hotels have retained Colliers to assist in disposing of a further cluster of their hotel portfolio.”

The GoGlasgow Urban Hotel is situated near Ibrox stadium on Paisley Road West. It has 117 bedrooms and was re-developed in 2015 by Crerar Hotels. Following completion of the sale to Buxani Group the hotel will be managed by Thailand-based Compass Hospitality.

Paddy Crerar, CEO of Crerar Hotel Group, said: “Colliers brought a number of parties to the table, all with the ability to transact at the level we required; however it was clear that Buxani Group were by far the most committed to the hotel and were a thoroughly decent company to deal with”.

The hotel has been acquired by Buxani Group as its first in a series of planned investments into the UK hotel market and will be managed by Compass Hospitality as its 14th deal in the UK.

Matthew Welbourn of Compass Hospitality UK, added: "We are thrilled to add such a strategically located hotel and to grow our presence into Glasgow. The hotel was repositioned following refurbishment two years ago and has since shown robust growth with excellent customer feedback following the development.”

Kishore Buxani, Founder & CEO of the Buxani Group, added: "We are delighted that we have secured our first hotel in the UK and especially in Scotland, which is currently experiencing tremendous growth in tourism and business travel. We continue to be very optimistic of the global tourism industry and are actively looking for more hotel opportunities in the UK and Europe."

pnorman@costar.co.uk

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