Minor Hotels Partners With Funyard for China Expansion
Thailand's Minor Hotels Group has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Funyard Hotels & Resorts covering the expansion of Minor's brands in China.
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: hospitality, restaurants and lifestyle brands distribution. MINT is a hotel owner, operator and investor with a portfolio of over 520 hotels under the Anantara, Avani, Oaks, Tivoli, NH Collection, NH, nhow, Elewana, Marriott, Four Seasons, St. Regis and Radisson Blu brands in 56 countries across Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, the Indian Ocean, Europe, South and North America. MINT is also one of Asia's largest restaurant companies with over 2,300 outlets system-wide in 24 countries under The Pizza Company, The Coffee Club, Riverside, Benihana, Thai Express, Bonchon, Swensen's, Sizzler, Dairy Queen, Burger King and Coffee Journey brands, in addition to over 1,000 outlets of MINT's strategic alliances (i.e. S&P and BreadTalk). MINT is one of Thailand's largest distributors of lifestyle brands and contract manufacturers. Its brands include Anello, BergHOFF, Bodum, Bossini, Charles & Keith, Esprit, Joseph Joseph, Radley, Zwilling J.A. Henckels and Minor Smart Kids. For more information, please visit www.minor.com.