Malaysia's Berjaya Cashing Up for Expansion
Look to the new world order of hotel investors and Asian based conglomerates, high net worth individuals and families are leading the transaction arena. Malaysia's Berjaya Group recently announced the intention to sell hospitality assets in London, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Seychelles in order to focus new investment in the regions dynamic markets of China, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Maldives and Vietnam.
While the group will retain a number of operating assets along with the new investment they intend to pursue outside management agreements and may look at a listing for the hotel group. Unfortunately Thailand has not been named under the stated development objectives and in the case of many institutional investors most are taking a wait and see approach to the country.