The first hotel REIT in the UK is to list today with a portfolio of £2.6bn.

This morning Vector Hospitality, a partnership between The Alternative Hotel Group, Bank of Scotland Corporate and RBS, announced its plans to raise around £2bn of equity.

The £2.6bn portfolio of UK hotels comprises Hilton, Marriott, Rezidor, Thistle Guoman, Malmaison, Hotel du Vin, De Vere and Village Hotels brands.

Richard Balfour-Lynn, non-executive director of Vector, said: ‘The introduction of REITs in the UK offers a compelling opportunity to create a substantial dedicated hospitality company.’

The hotels are leased back to the operating companies and the structure creates a stable income stream with agreed base rents.

Marylebone Warwick Balfour (MWB) Group announced its intention to sell its Malmaison and Hotel du Vin hotels to the REIT today in a £495.1m deal.

Richard Balfour-Lynn, head of Marylebone Warwick Balfour (MWB), and Sir David Michels, the Hilton Group’s former chief executive, are on the management team of Vector.

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