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May 24, 2021

Minor International plans to foray into Saudi Arabia

Thailand-based hospitality company Minor International (MINT) is reportedly in talks to foray into Saudi Arabia.

It has a portfolio of more than 75,000 rooms across over 520 hotels, resorts and serviced suites under the Anantara, AVANI, Oaks, Tivoli, Elewana, NH Collection, NH Hotel, nhow, Marriott, Four Seasons, St. Regis, Radisson Blu and Minor International brands.

The company owns, operates and invests in hotel, with its hotel and spa portfolio spread across 55 countries in Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, the Indian Ocean, Europe and the Americas.

It also operates mixed-use business such as shopping plazas and entertainment, residential development, and point-based vacation club.

Details of the talks have not been disclosed.

Though MINT currently does not have a hotel in Saudi Arabia, it has 22 hotels either in operation or under development across the six Gulf Cooperation Council countries.

MINT founder and chairman William Heinecke was quoted by Arab News as saying: “We’re very excited about what’s happening in Saudi Arabia, so we’re very hopeful that we’re going to be included in a couple of projects.

“We already have one or two projects on the boil, and we’re very, very excited to see them come to fruition.”

Last month, Archipelago International and Saudi Arabian developer Jabal Omar Development Company (JODC) signed hotel management agreements (HMA) for two hotels in Jabal Omar project.

The two hotels, namely Jabal Omar The Royal Alana Makkah and the Jabal Omar The Alana Makkah, are five-star rated properties.

They are being constructed adjacent to each other in the phase four of the Jabal Omar mixed-use development project.

Jabal Omar The Royal Alana Makkah will have 581 rooms and the Jabal Omar The Alana Makkah will feature 560 rooms.

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