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Temple REIT Turns Eyes East

Temple REIT Turns Eyes East


Prepare for more eastern hotel acquisitions by Winnipeg-based Temple REIT, CEO Arni Thorsteinson says. Recent purchases of 50% stakes in Ottawa's Byward Market Marriott Courtyard (above) and London's Residence Inn for a combined $19.3M are just the start of a "cautious geographical expansion" from the four western provinces. Temple has been 70% Alberta-based, with 45% of profits flowing from oil-rich Fort McMurray. Arni calls the 183-room Ottawa property a prize; it runs about 80% full, has seen strong rate growth, and he says tourists to the national capital love the location. The 116-suite London hotel, which does lots of extended-stay business, runs about 70% full, he says. "There will be more moves in Ontario and across the country," he says adding there could be US acquisitions in 2014.

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