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Vanuatu’s Grand Hotel & Casino up for sale again

Vanuatu’s Grand Hotel & Casino up for sale again
Vanuatu’s Grand Hotel & Casino up for sale again
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Australian wealthy Zagame family are quitting the gambling industry and selling a $300 million portfolio of six hotels that includes Grand Hotel & Casino in Vanuatu.

Up for sale are five Zagame-branded venues in Caulfield, Berwick, Reservoir and Boronia and Ballarat as well as the previously listed Grand Hotel & Casino resort.

Vanuatu’s Grand Hotel & Casino has been first put up for sale by Zagame family in April 2017 with market expectations of around $25 million. Reportedly the owners received a number of inquiries from interested parties, but the deal with a chosen party didn’t go through.

The five Victorian freehold going-concern hotels generate more than $94 million in combined revenues and have almost 500 gaming machines. The 74-room Grand Hotel has 136 gaming machines and 16 gambling tables. Interest is expected from the likes of Charter Hall, the Moelis-run Redcape Hotel Group and Woolworths-backed operator ALH Group, as well as offshore groups, The Australian reports.

The listing follows the death in October last year of family patriarch Victor Zagame, who established the family’s hospitality business in 1971 with the opening of the Albion Charles Hotel in Northcote, in Melbourne’s north east.

The Zagame Corporation is now run by his sons Bobby and Victor jnr and includes luxury car dealership Zagame Automotive, commercial property investments as well as restaurants and hotels.

“Our [hotel] venues are exceptionally well presented, our staff are leaders in the industry, and our product is second to none. These successful businesses are well placed to continue to deliver substantial growth,” Victor Zagame said.

The six hotels are available to be purchased in one line, individually or in any combinations with CBRE’s Mark Wizel and Cropley Commercials’ George Iliopulos appointed to handle the international expressions of interest campaign.

Mr Wizel said all hotels within the portfolio were strategically located on large landholdings within central suburban locations.

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