AFRICA is proving to be the next frontier for Thai hospitality groups buying, building or acquiring properties on the continent.
In the latest announcement, Minor Hotel Group (MHG) said yesterday it has acquired the Cheli & Peacock Group of Companies and its six camps in Kenya –Elsa’s Kopje, Elephant Pepper Camp, Joy’s Camp, Tortillis Camp, Kitich Camp and Lewa Safari Camp.
To come under MHG’s Elewana Collection, which already consists of eight other properties showcasing the highlights of Northern Tanzania, Kenya and Zanzibar, the Cheli & Peacock camps will nevertheless continue to operate independently under the guidance of founders Stefano and Liz Cheli.
Earlier this month MHG also said it is partnering Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company for two Anantara resorts in North Africa – the 93-key Anantara Tozeur Resort in south-west Tunisia and the 230-key Anantara Al Houara Tangier Resort in northern Morocco. Both are scheduled to open in 2017.
MHG is also going to add a fourth brand to the continent when it rebrands Essque Zalu Zanzibar to Per Aquum later this year. In total, MHG has 25 properties in seven countries in Africa across the Anantara, Avani and the Elewana Collection brands, and owns the Radisson Blu Hotel, Maputo, in Mozambique.
At the same time, fellow Thailand-based hospitality group Dusit International also celebrated the grand opening of dusitD2 Nairobi late last month.
The first Dusit property in sub-Saharan Africa, the dusitD2 Nairobi is the company’s second venture into Africa after the Dusit Thani LakeView Cairo in Egypt in 2009.
Chanin Donavanik, managing director and CEO of Dusit International, said in a press release that the launch is “only the first of many projects for Dusit in sub-Saharan Africa” as the group looks to solidify its presence in Africa.