MILAN, June 10, 2014 – Colliers International in Italy has launched a new Hotels and Leisure division to complement existing real estate services in office, logistics, residential and retail. The new business line will be headed by Emilio Valdameri, who has over 30 years’ experience in the management and development of hotel and leisure assets.
Based in Milan and in Rome, and operative both in Italy and abroad, the team will offer a complete set of agency services for buying and setting hospitality businesses and a wide range of consultancy services from concept and strategy development, through feasibility and RICS valuation, to securing portfolios.
Dirk Bakker, Head of EMEA Hotels, Colliers International, commented: “Emilio and his team in Italy will further strengthen our presence in the EMEA region and they are welcome addition to the Hotels teams across the EMEA region. We now have over 100 specialists globally specialising in Hotels at Colliers International and collectively, we have experience in virtually every European country. The Italian hotel market is growing fast and has significant potential for further growth in the years to come so it is the perfect time to have a dedicated team of specialists in this market.”
Colliers International’s Hotels and Leisure teams across EMEA offer services in brokerage; valuations; market and financial feasibility studies; operator search and selection; development advisory; resort development; and strategic and financial advisory.
Emilio Valdameri, Head of Hotels and Leisure at Colliers International Italy, added: “Italy is one of the world’s most visited countries and features more than 50,000 assets for receptive use. Although there is a broad variety of hotel properties, most are undersized, old and not in line with the new international demand standards. There is a dire need for the market to rethink, reposition and refurbish these existing properties, in a far-reaching process to transform the way the hospitality and the tourism sectors are perceived.
We now have a unique opportunity for larger hotel companies to penetrate the market and gain a higher market share, and for investors to acquire high-end buildings in today's real estate market values. Colliers International Hotels and Leisure in Italy has plans to become the market leader in this process, thanks to the competences of our local team and its global network.”