Australia-based StayWell Hospitality Group has partnered with South African hospitality group Mantis Collection to expand its brands throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

As part of the plan, StayWell Hospitality will open Park Regis and Leisure Inn brand hotels in some of sub-Saharan Africa’s key cities, at prime properties to be procured by Mantis.

StayWell CEO and managing director Simon Wan said that the company has entered a joint venture partnership to form a hotel management company that will operate all StayWell-branded properties in sub-Saharan Africa.

"It provides a vital platform for StayWell’s expansion into a region that is accelerating in growth.

"It is widely recognised that Sub-Saharan Africa is outpacing North Africa in terms of development in the hospitality space, which bodes well for the partnership. Using this platform, we will deliver proven hotel management, hospitality service and training skills, and position our new joint venture company to capitalise on lucrative opportunities as the region’s hotel market grows and matures," Wan added.

"We will position our new joint venture company to capitalise on lucrative opportunities as the region’s hotel market grows and matures."

The announcement follows StayWell’s recent foray into the Chinese market and its expansion in India, where it now has eight hotel agreements.

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Earlier this year, StayWell opened its first Indonesian property, the Park Regis Kuta in Bali, and it will soon open its first UK hotel, the Park Regis Birmingham.

Mantis chairman Adrian Gardiner said that Sub-Saharan Africa is where India and China were 20 years ago in terms of development and opportunity, so the timing of the joint venture is ideal.

"The opportunities are abundant, and with our expertise we’re looking forward to growing the Park Regis and Leisure Inn brands throughout the region – we already have a few propositions in the pipeline," Gardiner added.