Javier Pardo reports directly to Robert Kunkler, chief operating officer of Avani-owner Minor Hotels, and is based at the regional office in Bangkok. He brings almost two decades of hospitality experience throughout Europe, with his last posting being director of operations and commercial director for the NH Hotel Group.
Speaking to Breaking Travel News during Arabian Travel Market in Dubai, Michael Marshall, chief commercial officer with rapidly growing Minor Hotels, tells us about the latest properties on offer from the company. He also tells us about his confidence in the future of the hospitality market in the Middle East.
Avani Hotels & Resorts has expanded its portfolio in Thailand with the launch of Avani+ Samui, an upscale resort situated on Phang Ka Bay near Taling Ngam.
In the final stages of development and scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2019, Avani Central Busan Hotel has an ideal location in Busan’s city centre.
Minor Hotels has announced the appointment of Ramine Behnam as vice president development for Europe, Middle East and Africa. A French national, Behnam is also fluent in English, Arabic and Spanish and is based at Minor Hotels’ regional office in Dubai.
Minor International has struck a deal with Oceanwood Capital Management to acquire a 5.7 per cent shareholding in NH Hotel Group.
Anantara Hotels & Resorts has announced plans to diversify its portfolio in China by launching the first luxury global hotel brand in the Qingyang district of Chengdu.
Tivoli Hotels & Resorts has revealed plans for a property in the Alentejo region of Portugal in the historic city of Évora, joining the brand’s other hotels in Portugal, Brazil and Qatar.
Minor International has reached an agreement with HNA Group to purchase an equity stake of 25.2 per cent (on a fully-diluted basis) in NH Hotel Group in a two-tranche transaction valued at €619 million.
Minor International has reached agreement to acquire 30,000,000 shares in NH Hotel Group in a transaction valued at €192 million. Together with its existing shareholding, the deal will increase Minor’s stake in NH Hotel Group to 8.6 per cent on a fully diluted basis.
Avani Hotels & Resorts has appointed travel and lifestyle specialist PR agency GribbonBerry to handle communications for the UK media market with immediate effect.