Henri Wilmes
Henri Wilmes
Chief Investment Officer
A&O Hostels
Bio

Henri Wilmes is Chief Investment Officer for a&o Hostels (a&o). Since January 2018, he leads a&o´s development throughout Europe via acquisitions and new lease agreements and oversees the asset management of the existing portfolio.

A&O is Europe´s largest hostel chain with a portfolio of 36 properties located in eight countries with a pipeline of another 5 assets. With TPG Real Estate as Partner, A&O is living an exciting moment as a company to significantly grow its presence in Europe and further consolidate its position as Europe´s leading hostel investor, developer and operator. Current main growth markets for a&o are in the Mediterranean and CEE regions.

Before joining a&o, Henri worked as Vice President - Hotel Acquisitions for London and Regional Properties (L+R) where he led and was involved in transactions, debt financing and restructurings for a combined value in excess of GBP 2.5bn. Henri’s involvement in the execution of asset management strategies led to L+R receiving the HAMA Europe Asset Management Achievement Award 2016. Previous to joining L+R, Henri worked for five years in financial and strategic advisory to the real estate and hospitality sectors in Spain with a focus on M&A and debt restructuring.

Henri is a MSc in Finance graduate from London Business School and holds a BSc in Hospitality

Speaking at Adjacent Spaces

Growth Spurt: The Maturing Hostel Market

Hostels are no longer the reserve of backpackers: new hostel brands are offering something from everyone, from low-budget groups to discerning travellers looking for better design on a budget. What's the investment opportunity, and is this maturing market getting better at meeting the needs of investors?