Macau businessman joins Marriott group to open luxury hotel in Porto, Portugal

14 November 2019

The building of Portuguese newspaper Jornal de Notícias (JN), in the northern city of Porto, will be converted into a hotel to be managed by the Autograph Collection by Marriott and will be named Hotel Journal in order to honour the building’s past and perpetuate its memory, said Macau businessman Kevin Ho King Lun.

The businessman, whose company KNJ already owns 30% of Portuguese group Global Media, told the Macau news agency that the new 213-room hotel will require an investment of between 35 million and 45 million euros.

The JN building cost the Authentic Empathy group almost 10 million euros, which, according to Portuguese magazine Sábado, is managed by Lei Ka Kei and David Siu, managers of Burgosublime, whose parent company is the Portuguese branch of KNJ.

The JN building dates back to the 1960s and has 17 floors, and the newspaper’s editorial office will now move to the building that the group acquired on Rua Latino Coelho, also in Porto.

Ho also said that an investment in a residential project in the Foz area of Porto, called Torre Miramar was planned, “and there are other projects,” which he did not specify, which would “create about 1,500 jobs in the next five years.”

KJN Investment, a Macau-based investment company, in November 2017 acquired a 30% stake in the Global Media Group for 15 million euros, the Portuguese media group said.

The Global Media group controls the TSF radio station, newspapers such as Diário de Notícias, Jornal de Notícias, sports daily O Jogo and online financial news brand, Dinheiro Vivo, regional magazines and newspapers such as Açoriano Oriental (the oldest newspaper in Portugal), Jornal do Fundão and Diário de Notícias da Madeira. (Macauhub)