Entrepreneur Marc Coucke has again invested in hotels. Not in our own country this time, but in Spain in Greece. Coucke has purchased himself from the OKU Leisure Group, the owner and operator of hotels on the popular holiday islands of Ibiza and Kos.
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After investments in animal park Pairi Daiza, hotel-restaurant Sanglier des Ardennes, ski hall company SnowWorld and Arenal/Padelworld, Coucke is now further expanding its “leisure portfolio” with the OKU Leisure Group. With his investment company Alychlo nv, Coucke has purchased 50 percent from the owner and operator of two hotels in Ibiza and Kos, a press release announced.
“OKU has quickly become an absolute reference in the hotel sector,” reads the press release. “Luxury and sustainability go hand in hand. With success, because recently OKU was voted the best hotel in the Balearics. OKU is hip and trendy.”
Coucke says he “fell in love instantly” with the concept. “Go quickly to their Instagram and you will understand,” he says. “The experience there is top-notch and sustainability is a very high priority.”
The plans go further than the current two hotels. Together with the hotel real estate fund Westfort Capital Limited, of which Coucke took over half of the shares, OKU should grow into a hotel group with at least fifteen locations. “For this purpose, various new locations are analysed, both within and outside Europe, with own real estate, with sole operation, and with a franchise model,” it reads.