Industry Update
Press Release22 January 2021

Minor Hotels Partners With Funyard for China Expansion

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Thailand's Minor Hotels Group has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Funyard Hotels & Resorts covering the expansion of Minor's brands in China.

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Minor Hotels has grown rapidly in recent years and is today one of the world's top 20 hotel groups with 530 hotels in 56 countries and regions.

Through its partnership with Funyard Hotels & Resorts, a core alliance enterprise of Country Garden Group, the Bangkok-based hospitality group will be bringing Anantara, Avani, Oaks, Elewana, Tivoli and NH brands to mainland China, many of them for the first time.

At the virtual MOU signing ceremony on 20 January 2021, Dillip Rajakarier, CEO of Minor Hotels, said, "China's hospitality market is extremely competitive, but full of opportunities. We highly value this chance to partner with Funyard Hotels & Resorts to support each other's global branding strategies."

Commenting on the alignment of Minor's and Funyard's interests, Dillip expressed confidence in the ability of both sides to "fully exploit our respective advantages and jointly explore new opportunities in industry development, capitalising on Funyard's rich experience in China and Minor's international expertise in the global hotel and resort segment."

Ji Hongjun, President of Funyard Hotels & Resorts, said, "The pandemic is further accelerating the process of the Chinese economy shifting toward the domestic market. This means new opportunities in domestic tourism and hospitality. We and Minor Hotels are both convinced that China's resort market is full of potential. Funyard Hotels & Resorts has plenty of managerial experience and local resources in the domestic market, while Minor Hotels is an outstanding establishment in the global hotel and resort market. We look forward to working with Minor Hotels to tap into the Chinese resort market and bring new energy to Chinese and even global tourism."

About Minor International

Minor International (MINT) is a global company focused on three core businesses: restaurants, hospitality and lifestyle brands distribution. MINT is one of Asia"s largest restaurant companies with over 2,000 outlets operating system-wide in 19 countries under The Pizza Company, Swensen"s, Sizzler, Dairy Queen, Burger King, Thai Express, The Coffee Club, BreadTalk (Thailand) and Riverside brands. MINT is also a hotel owner, operator and investor with a portfolio of 155 hotels and serviced suites under the Anantara, AVANI, Oaks, PER AQUUM, Tivoli, Elewana Collection, JW Marriott, Four Seasons, St. Regis, Radisson Blu and Minor International brands in 24 countries across Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, the Indian Ocean, Europe and South America. MINT is one of Thailand"s largest distributors of lifestyle brands focusing primarily on fashion, home and kitchenware and contract manufacturing. Its brands include Gap, Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Esprit, Bossini, Etam, Charles & Keith, Pedro, Radley, Anello, Zwilling J.A. Henckels, Joseph Joseph and ETL Learning. Bemynt is MINT"s e-commerce platform offering premium fashion and lifestyle products. For more information, please visit www.minorinternational.com. 

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