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Thai Property development Sansiri’s $80-million investment in lifestyle brands

With growth in its core real estate business tied to the country’s economic growth, the company is targeting a larger international presence and a bigger lifestyle play to fulfil its ambitions of becoming a global brand.

“We looked for partners that can help Sansiri grow further, partners that we could learn from in terms of hospitality, lifestyle, technology, innovation, and even in terms of new target audience,” says Sansiri president Srettha Thavisin.

“Importantly, all six investments are in high-growth sectors in global markets which offer new sources of revenue beyond Thailand.”

Of the announced $80-million investment, around $58 million will go towards US-based boutique hotel chain Standard International and its mobile booking application, One Night. The remaining is earmarked for Tyler Brûlé’s lifestyle magazine Monocle, London’s Airbnb management firm Hostmaker, Asia’s co-working space JustCo and smart indoor farm technology firm Farmshelf.

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Branded residences: The new muse of Thailand’s real estate developers

Property developers across Thailand are experiencing are increasingly attracted by hotel branded residences in order to spur price premium points and buyer demand.

Currently there are 29 new hotel residence projects countrywide with nearly 90% of these located in resort areas.

New research by consulting group C9 Hotelworks has pinpointed that the top 3 locations for completed and pipeline projects in their Southeast Asia Hotel Residences Market Trends report are Phuket (26 properties), Pattaya (10 properties) and Bangkok (9 properties).

With nearly 100 mainstream hotel residence projects and over 21,000 units completed, the next three years will see sector boldly expanding into new territory.

The reports states that between 2018 and 2020 new completed units will represent a massive 83% increase over existing supply.

Viewing how Thailand ranks in terms of competitiveness in the sector, with 41 completed projects to date, this accoun…

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Thailand ranked 34th in Global Real Estate Transparency Index

In the newly released biannual Global Real Estate Transparency Index (GRETI) 2018 by property consultancy firm JLL, Thailand is ranked 34th, an improvement from the 2016 edition of the Index where the country was ranked 38th.

Compared to the other six countries from Southeast Asia covered by the Index, Thailand is ranked the 3rd most transparent real estate market in the sub region followed by Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam and Myanmar that were ranked globally 42nd, 48th, 61st and 73rd respectively.

This 10th edition of the Global Real Estate Transparency Index (GRETI) contains the most comprehensive country comparisons of data availability, governance, transaction processes, property rights and the regulatory/legal environment around the world.

The 2018 Index covers 100 countries and 158 city markets, and the number of individual factors covered has increased by 36% to 186 factors.

Mrs. Suphin Mechuchep, Managing Director of JLL, says …

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