Minor Hotel Group Plans 50 Hotels in Africa
The Minor Hotel Group (MINT) has tabled an ambitious plan to operate 50 more hotels in Africa within the next five years. With high-end hotels planned for thriving cities including Cape Town, Johannesburg, Lagos and Abuja, the multi-million Rand plan will treble its current footprint.
“At the moment we have 25 hotels in Africa and we want to grow by 50, adding 10 a year for the next five years,” said Sir Richard Hawkins, the Minor Hotel Group’s regional operations director for Africa, operating out of their Johannesburg offices.
The tactic will be to negotiate management deals with hotels of about 150 bedrooms, with the possibility of taking equity in them later.
MINT is keen to establish a presence in South Africa through business hotels in Johannesburg, business and leisure (bleisure) hotels in Cape Town, and leisure hotels along the Western Cape. That will build on the R679.5 million deal MINT struck with Sun International in 2014. The group took over the hotels’ attached Sun casinos in Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Swaziland and Zambia, and rebranded them as Anantara and AVANI properties, which are two of the six brands owned by the company.
Minor Hotel Group already operates 146 hotels under six brands, including luxury Anantara resorts in the Far East, the Middle East, the Maldives and Mozambique; AVANI business hotels in Mozambique and the Far East; and the five star Per Aquum brand in Zanzibar, the Maldives and Dubai.