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New joiner Gavin Wright bolsters JLL’s UK Hotels & Hospitality Group


Gavin Wright has been appointed Director in JLL's Hotels & Hospitality team. Gavin brings over 15 years' industry experience in the sector to the role and will be based in JLL's Birmingham office, playing a key part in the UK transaction team which is led by Will Duffey. 

Gavin has a track record of handling successful disposals and acquisitions, including the Holiday Inn Birmingham Bromsgrove and Ramada Birmingham Solihull Hotel. He has also worked on high profile portfolio sales such as Von Essen, Menzies, LRG and QMH. Gavin's client base includes a number of private groups & investors, corporate owners, operators, overseas buyers and high net-worth individuals.

In his new role Gavin will work alongside Kerr Young and John Kinsey, focussing on the continued UK regional growth of JLL's Hotels and Hospitality business. He will be involved in growing the work in single asset and portfolio sales and will work jointly with the London team across a number of high profile transactions. His arrival brings JLL's UK Hotels and Hospitality group up to 51 professionals.

Will Duffey, Executive Vice President, Hotels & Hospitality at JLL, commented: "Gavin is a strong addition to our team at a time when we are anticipating further investment activity across the UK's regional markets. For investors new to the UK or hotel market, it makes sense to eye regional markets first. Cities such as Manchester, Edinburgh and Birmingham are high on the radar."

In the last six months of 2015, JLL was involved in a number of high profile regional deals. These included the sale of the Lygon Arms in the Cotswolds, two Ramada assets in Birmingham and Manchester, the Crowne Plaza in Edinburgh, the Malmaison in Oxford and the Mercure Bristol. Overall, the team advised on £1.5 billion of hotel sales in 2015.