David Harper

Company: Leisure Property Services

Position: Director


David is the Head of Property Services for Leisure Property Services (LPS), advising on all aspects of hotel properties, including valuation, operator selection and acquisitions & disposals, all around the world.

He has worked in 180+ countries around the world. David’s role in LPS is to provide the property advice, selling completed hotels & hotel sites, valuing hotels (and projects) and selecting the best operator for new developments. He has been involved in formulating governmental tourism strategy in a number of emerging markets all over the world, as well as helping to improve the impact of tourism policies in number of more established markets where the positive impacts from tourism were not being maximised.

David is a Fellow of the RICS (with over 20 years in property and the hotel industry. He is the author of Hotel Valuation for Investors, the best-selling book providing comprehensive advice on all aspects of hotel ownership. In addition, he published a second book “Hotels & Resorts; The Investor’s Guide”, that provides advice on the whole cycle of hotel ownership.

He also advises the RICS on hotel valuations and wrote the guidance on ISURV, a subscription service providing best practice advice for Chartered Surveyors the world over. As one of the leading hotel valuers, David is regularly used as an Expert Witness on high profile valuation cases.

Geographic Areas

Africa, Europe, Caribbean, Middle East, Asia, South America, Australia & Pacific


Valuations, feasibility studies, operator selection, rent reviews, tourism modeling

Professional Memberships

Fellow of RICS

Articles and Publications

Hotel Valuation for Investors - Estate Gazette Books

Hotels & Resorts; An Investor’s Guide - Routledge

Additional articles on request.


BSc (Hons) in Urban Land Economics

Past Experience

CBRE head of valuations and International brokerage in London, UK - left August 2005 to set up Leisure Property Services.

Formed Hotel Partners Africa in 2013.

Have worked on over £30 billion of hotel transactions or valuations in the last 25+ years, covering 180+ countries.