Michael Marshall, chief commercial officer, Minor Hotel Group, talks to Breaking Travel News at Arabian Travel Market. On the agenda are the range of openings the company has planned under its varied brands around the world as well as the significance of Dubai and the Middle East as a source market.
Minor Hotels has announced the signing of a management agreement for a new Avani property in the United Arab Emirates – Avani Al Marjan Island Ras Al Khaimah Resort. Al Marjan is a collection of four pristine man-made islands in Ras Al Khaimah, set against the backdrop of the Arabian Peninsula, only 30 minutes from Ras Al Khaimah International Airport and 50 minutes from Dubai International Airport.
Minor Hotels has announced that it will debut its Avani brand in South Korea with the launch of Avani Busan Hotel. The new-build 400-key hotel represents a milestone for Minor Hotels as its first property in South Korea.
Minor Hotels has announced the appointment of Ramzy Fenianos as vice president development for Europe, Middle East, and Africa. Ramzy brings over ten years’ extensive experience in hospitality and real estate.
Avani Hotels & Resorts will debut in Europe with the opening of Avani Avenida Liberdade Lisbon Hotel in the Portuguese capital. The 119-key hotel will launch on April 1st, following the completion of a €1.5 million refurbishment.
Minor Hotels has appointed Alejandro Bernabé as group director, Avani Hotels & Resorts. With over 20 years of global hospitality experience, Bernabé has an impressive management track record, along with years of practical operational and food and beverage experience in both city hotels and resort properties and is ideally qualified to lead Minor Hotels’ most youthful and contemporary brand.
Minor Hotels has signed a management agreement with UAE master developer Nakheel for a new Avani hotel in Dubai. The 372-key Avani Ibn Battuta Dubai Hotel will be developed by Nakheel and will be located adjacent to the recently-opened Ibn Battuta Metro Link, which is directly connected to Ibn Battuta Mall.
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.