Industry Update
Press Release 6 January 2020

NH Hotel Group strengthens its relationship with Covivio with the addition of over 1,000 rooms

NH Hotel Group consolidates its strategic commitment to the luxury segment with an agreement to operate eight benchmark properties from the former Boscolo portfolio

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  • NH Hotel Group has reached an agreement with Covivio, one of the key European real estate players, to operate a unique portfolio of eight high-end hotels, with prime locations in Rome, Florence, Venice, Nice, Prague and Budapest
  • The portfolio includes iconic hotels such as the Palazzo Naiadi in Rome, the Carlo IV in Prague, the Plaza in Nice and the NY Palace in Budapest, and will be operated by the Company under a sustainable long-term variable lease with minimum guaranteed rent, including a shortfall cap mechanism, with extension rights for NH Hotel Group
  • Most of the hotels will be rebranded under the Anantara Hotels & Resorts and NH Collection brands, following an extensive repositioning work program pursued by Covivio in all the properties in the coming months
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NH Hotel Group has entered into an agreement with Covivio, one of the key European real estate operators, which will consolidate its commitment to the luxury hotel segment while reinforcing its leadership in Italy and boosting its prominent position in competitive markets of France and Eastern Europe.

After the acquisition by Covivio of eight high-end hotels formerly belonging to the prestigious Boscolo portfolio, the real estate investor and NH Hotel Group have reached an agreement for handing operation of this luxury portfolio to the latter. The hotel group has agreed with Covivio a long-term sustainable lease contract under which it will pay variable rent with minimum guaranteed, including a shortfall cap mechanism. The agreement has an initial duration of 15 years, extendible at NH Hotel Group's option to a period of not less than 15 years. The closing of the transaction is expected to be fully complete by the end of the first half of 2020. The handover of the hotels will take place at the same time of the closing, except for the hotels in Florence and Nice -currently under a full refurbishment-, expected by June 2020 and January 2021 respectively.

Ramón Aragonés, CEO of NH Hotel Group, commented on the deal, "following our integration with Minor Hotels, this transaction represents an extremely important milestone in our shared ambition to continue to expand the luxury brand Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas in Europe, while marking significant progress on our strategy of creating added value for NH Collection´s customer base via new hotels and destinations. This agreement reinforces the collaboration between Covivio and NH Hotel Group, which dates back to 2014 and has since unlocked advantageous deals for both parties in the Netherlands and Germany".

Adding 1,115 rooms to the group's burgeoning line-up of luxury properties, the portfolio includes former Boscolo hotels in Rome, Florence, Venice, Nice, Prague and Budapest. Centrally located in coveted destinations, the collection of six 5-star and two 4-star hotels is notable for its flagship properties: Palazzo Naiadi in Rome, Plaza in Nice, Carlo IV in Prague and New York Palace in Budapest. The hotels are flagship establishments and they will gradually be rebranded under the Anantara Hotels & Resorts and NH Collection brands. Covivio is now pursuing a works program for the entire portfolio, that shows great potential for growth in the medium term.

Emblematic hotels in privileged destinations

About NH Hotel Group

NH Hotel Group is a consolidated multinational player and a benchmark urban hotel operator in Europe and the Americas, where it runs more than 370 hotels. Since 2019, the Company is working with Minor Hotels on integrating all of its hotel trademarks under a single corporate umbrella brand with a presence in over 50 countries worldwide. A portfolio of over 500 hotels has been articulated around eight brands - NH Hotels, NH Collection, nhow, Tivoli, Anantara, Avani, Elewana and Oaks - to forge a broad and diverse range of hotel propositions in touch with the needs and desires of today's world travellers.

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