Minor Hotels will take over the operation of the 216-room Mövenpick Hotel Deira in Dubai on July 1st. The property will operate under the group’s dynamic AVANI Hotels & Resorts brand as the AVANI Deira Dubai Hotel. This represents a milestone for Minor Hotels as the first AVANI hotel in the Middle East.
Minor Hotel Group has announced the addition of two new properties to its pipeline in the United Arab Emirates. Anantara Jebel Dhanna and AVANI Jebel Dhanna in Abu Dhabi will soon begin development and both are scheduled to open in 2018. The developer of these two new properties is Dhabi Contracting LLC and Aecom has been appointed as the lead architecture and interior design consultant for the project.
Minor Hotel Group has reported a 38 per cent year-on-year increase in net profit for 2015. The increase is largely attributable to the improved performance of Oaks Hotels & Resorts, a strong increase in real estate income and revaluation gains of Baht670 million from business acquisitions relating to the Sun International and Oaks Elan Darwin transactions.
Minor Hotel Group has completed the final stage of its acquisition of Tivoli Hotels & Resorts, a well-known Portugal-based brand with 14 properties across Portugal and Brazil. The acquisition of Tivoli Hotels & Resorts, which totals €294.2 million, not only marks MHG’s strategic entry into Europe and Latin America, but also provides the group with a strong operating platform to drive further growth in those markets.
Minor Hotel Group has announced the first Oaks property in India with the development of Oaks Neemrana, in partnership with India-based NSP Associates. Neemrana is a fast developing business hub located southwest of New Delhi, on the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor, a mega infrastructure project worth US $90 billion, approximately 90 kilometres from Gurgaon and 140 kilometres from Jaipur.
Minor Hotel Group has announced a partnership with Dubai Properties to develop a new Anantara to open in Dubai in early 2018. Anantara Dubai Creek Hotel will be located in Culture Village, a new world-class destination being developed by Dubai Properties Group in the east of the city facing Dubai Creek.
Hotel owner Minor Hotel Group has announced that it has entered into a collaboration agreement with Destination Resorts & Hotels to develop an Anantara resort in Malaysia. Under the collaboration agreement, both parties will identify a suitable location to co-develop a luxury resort and residences under the world-renowned Anantara brand, bringing its legendary hospitality and service in the environment of Malaysia’s rich cultural and architectural diversities.
Avani Hotels & Resorts, the vibrant upscale brand launched by Thailand-based Minor Hotel Group in 2011, has opened Avani Seychelles Barbarons Resort & Spa, the group’s first property in the Indian Ocean destination. Just a 25 minute drive from Seychelles International Airport, the resort is located on tranquil Barbarons Beach along Mahé’s west coast and opens following an extensive $14 million refurbishment.
Minor Hotel Group has announced it has made a strategic acquisition of six hotels and over 1,600 keys in Portugal and Brazil. At the same time Minor has acquired the Tivoli Hotels & Resorts brand in Brazil. The milestone €168 million investment represents MHG’s entry into the hospitality sector in two new continents and establishes Portugal and Brazil as MHG’s two strategically-chosen countries for future expansion into Europe and South America.
AVANI Hotels & Resorts has added its first hotel in Thailand – AVANI Atrium Bangkok. Located in a busy commercial and retail area in the Asoke-Sukhumvit area of the Thai capital, the hotel appeals to business and leisure guests who appreciate a prime location, a passion for design and a relaxing stay.
Minor International has released for sale the last remaining penthouse at St Regis Residences, the most exclusive address on Rajdamri, the city’s residential real estate ‘golden mile’.
Michel Van Der Hoeven, senior vice president, development, Minor Hotels & Resorts, speaks to Breaking Travel News at AHIC 2013 in Dubai.