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The sale of Council’s stake in the Novotel and Ibis hotels will be progressed following agreement by Councillors at their recent meeting.
The Mayor and Councillors received a confidential report on the value of Hamilton Riverview Hotel Ltd at their 23 February meeting, and as a result agreed to starting the formal share sale process.
This will see Council issuing a share transfer notice to the two other stakeholders in the company – Tainui Group Holdings and Accor – with the shares sold to them if they were interested and the right price for Council was reached.
The sale of the shares was signalled in Council’s 2009 10-Year Plan, and it also flagged up in the current 2012 draft 10-Year Plan which is out for public consultation from the middle of this month.
Council has held a 41 per cent investment in the company since 1998. Returns from any share sales, if they were to go ahead, would be used to improve Council’s financial position.