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Minor Hotels
FounderWilliam (Bill) E. Heinecke
Number of locations
537 Hotels and Serviced Suites
Area served
55 countries across Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, the Indian Ocean, Europe, and South America
Key people
William Heinecke, Chairman & CEO, Minor Corporation; Dillip Rajakarier, Group CEO, Minor International
BrandsAnantara, Avani, Tivoli, Oaks, Elewana, NH Hotels, NH Collection, nhow
OwnerWilliam (Bill) E. Heinecke
Number of employees
ParentMinor International (MINT)

Minor Hotels is an international hotel owner, operator and investor currently with 537 hotels in operation in 55 countries across the Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa, the Indian Ocean, Europe and South America.[1] The hotel group operates as a subsidiary of Minor International PCL,[2] one of the largest hospitality and leisure companies in the Asia Pacific region.[3] The group operates hotels under the brands of NH Hotels, NH Collection, nhow Hotels, Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas, Avani Hotels & Resorts, Tivoli Hotels & Resorts, Oaks Hotels & Resorts, Elewana Collection, Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, St. Regis, and Minor International.


American born Thai businessman William Heinecke[4] founded the group in 1978 with opening of the Royal Garden Resort in Pattaya (later rebranded as the Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa). Royal Garden Resorts was listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand in 1988.

The first property of the group's brand, Anantara Hotels, Resorts, & Spas, opened in the Thai seaside town of Hua Hin in 2001.

When the brand celebrated its 15th anniversary on 4 March 2016, it had 35 hotels and resorts across Asia, the Middle East, the Indian Ocean, and Africa.[5] (22)

Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas

Anantara was founded in 2001 with the first luxury property in Thailand's seaside town of Hua Hin. Today, the operational portfolio includes 39 properties globally in Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mozambique, Oman, Portugal, Qatar, Spain, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam and Zambia.

Avani Hotels & Resorts

The sister brand of Anantara, Avani Hotels & Resorts, was launched in 2012, and owns 32 properties in Australia, Botswana, Cambodia, Indonesia, Korea, Laos, Lesotho, Malaysia, Mozambique, Namibia, New Zealand, Portugal, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, Vietnam and Zambia.

Oaks Hotels & Resorts

In July 2011, Minor Hotels acquired a stake of 34.4 percent of Oaks Hotels and Resorts, Ltd.[6] Oaks is one of Australia's largest self-contained accommodation providers.[7] Minor Hotels now controls 54 percent of the Australian-based chain.[citation needed]

Tivoli Hotels & Resorts

In 2016,[8] Portugal saw its largest ever hotel deal when Minor Hotel Group acquired Tivoli Hotels & Resorts,[9] a hotel chain that owns 16 properties across Portugal, Brazil and Qatar.[10] The acquisition, which marked MHG's entry into Europe and Latin America, totaled €294.2 million.[11]

Elewana Collection

In 2015, Minor Hotels joined with African luxury lodge and camp chain, Elewana Collection, to add six camps in Kenya to its portfolio.[12]. The additions are the result of the acquisition of the Cheli and Peacock group of companies by the Elewana Collection.

NH Hotel Group

After acquiring 94.1% of NH Hotel Group during the last quarter of 2018, Minor International and the Spanish hotel chain have begun to explore ways to unlock value together in the years to come. The first initiative, announced during the trade fair FITUR, has been the presentation of the upcoming integration of the hotel brands of both companies under a single corporate umbrella with presence in over 50 countries worldwide.[13]


Minor Hotels' portfolio includes six in-house hotels[14] and partnerships with other leading hotel brands.[15]


Minor Hotels has won numerous awards for excellence.[16]

  • MINT Won ASEAN Business Awards 2019[17]
  • Merger & Acquisition/ Portfolio of the Year 2019[18]
  • 32 Conde Nast Traveler Readers Choice Awards[19]
  • 24 Wine Spectator Awards 2019[20]
  • 14 Travel + Leisure US 2019 World'S Best Awards[21]
  • 11 DestinAsian Readers' Choice Awards 2019[22]
  • 8 World Spa Awards 2019[23]

Corporate activities

  • The Heinecke Foundation[24]
  • The Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation[25]
  • The Mai Khao Turtle Foundation[26]
  • Green Growth 2050 Global Standard[27]
  • Anantara's 365 Days of Good Deeds[28]
  • Dollars For Deeds[29]
  • Sustainable Straws[30]
  • Adopt-a-Coral, Coral reef rehabilitation projects at PER AQUUM Huvafen Fushi and PER AQUUM Niyama[31]

Latest projects

  • Minor Hotel Group to Open Malaysia's First Anantara Hotel In December[32]
  • Anantara Tozeur Resort Opens in Tunisia[33]
  • Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas Announces Mauritius Debut With The Upcoming Opening of Anantara Mauritius Resort[34]
  • Anantara Invites Guests To Immerse In Andalusian Charm With The Launch Of Anantara Villa Padierna Palace Benahavis Marbella Resort[35]
  • Avani Continues Its Australian Expansion[36]
  • Minor Hotels introduces SEEN Beach Club Samui[37]
  • Thai hotel group Minor extends overseas diversification[38]
  • Hemas and Minor Hotel Group introduce luxury brand, Anantara, to Sri Lanka[39]
  • Thai Minor International to invest more than $1 bln in hotels, fast food over 5 yrs[40]
  • Minor signs twin Anantara and Avani hotels in Abu Dhabi[41]

Future projects

  • Anantara To Debut In Ireland[42]
  • Avani Hotels Continues Expansion In Vietnam With Avani Doc Let Resort[43]
  • Avani Hotels and Resorts To Open Two Resorts In Krabi[44]
  • Minor Hotels Introduces Avani and Oaks brands to Yangon, Myanmar[45]


  • Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas Announces Partnership With Siam Ocean Technology[46]
  • Anantara Announces Global Partnership With Verita Healthcare Group With Inaugural Health Centre At Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort[47]
  • VLCC Ventures Into Global Wellness Tourism With Exclusive Global Ties-Up[48]
  • Minor Hotels Establishes Asian Institute of Hospitality Management in Academic Association with Les Roches Global Hospitality Education[49]
  • Minor International and Sun International Announce Strategic Partnership[50]
  • Minor Hotel Group Forms Strategic African Partnership With UAE's Rani Investment[51]
  • Global Giant Minor Renews Commitment To Sri Lanka Tourism[52]
  • Minor Hotel Group Announces Partnership With Emirates Skywards[53]
  • Minor International Partners With Hemas To Acquire Kani Lanka Resort & Spa[54]


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  2. ^ "Company Overview of Minor Hotel Group Limited". Bloomberg.
  3. ^ "Thai Hotel Group Invests in Australias North". Austrade.
  4. ^ "William Heinecke". Forbes.
  5. ^ "Anantara marks 15 years and its pipeline for 2020". Hotelier Middle East.
  6. ^ "Minor International Takes Oaks Hotels". The Australian.
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  8. ^ "MHG Completes Portugals Largest Ever Hospitality Deal". RCI Ventures.
  9. ^ "Minor Hotel Group Completes Largest-Ever Hospitality Deal in Portugal with Acquisition of Tivoli Hotels & Resorts". PR News Wire.
  10. ^ "Thailand's Minor International Buys Portugal's Tivoli Hotels and Resorts". Wall Street Journal.
  11. ^ "MHG Completes Portugal's Largest Ever Hospitality Deal". RCI Ventures.
  12. ^ "Minor Hotel Group Continues Strategic Expansion in Africa With Cheli & Peacock's Kenya Portfolio Joining Elewana Collection". Hospitality Net.
  13. ^ "NH concludes the best year in its history and prepares to create value alongside Minor Hotels from 2019 |". Retrieved 2019-03-17.
  14. ^ "MINOR HOTELS BRANDS". Minor Hotels. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  15. ^ "Other Hotels". Minor Hotels. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  16. ^ "Awards". Minor Hotels.
  17. ^ "ASEAN Business Award 2019" (PDF).
  18. ^ "Readers Choice Winners 2019".
  19. ^ "MINT Wins Award for M&A Triumphs". bangkok post.
  20. ^ "2019 Restaurant Award Winners".
  21. ^ "The Worlds Best Awards 2019".
  22. ^ "Readers' Choice Awards 2019".
  23. ^ "Award Winners 2019".
  24. ^ "The Heinecke Foundation". The Heinecke Foundation.
  25. ^ "The Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation".
  26. ^ "Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation". Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation.
  27. ^ "Green Growth 2050". GREEN GROWTH 2050 GLOBAL STANDARD.
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  29. ^ "Anantara Hotels Launches 'Dollar For Deed' For Worthy Causes=". Billionaire.
  30. ^ "Sustainable Straws".
  31. ^ "Adopt a Coral - Coral Reef Rehabilitation". Tripadvisor.
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  33. ^ "Anantara Tozeur Resort". Hospitality Net.
  34. ^ "Anantara to debut in Mauritius". Business Traveller.
  35. ^ "Anantara Villa Padierna Palace". Travel Weekly.
  36. ^ "Avani Melbourne Box Hill Residences". Hospitality Net.
  37. ^ "Introducing SEEN Beach Club Samui". Thai Spa Now.
  38. ^ "Thai hotel group Minor extends overseas diversification". Asian Review.
  39. ^ "Hemas and Minor Hotel Group introduce luxury brand 'Anantara' to Sri Lanka". Daily FT.
  40. ^ "Thai Minor International to invest more than $1 bln in hotels, fast food over 5 yrs". Reuters.
  41. ^ "Minor signs twin Anantara and Avani hotels in Abu Dhabi". Travel Daily Media.
  42. ^ "Marker Hotel to be rebranded under Anantara Name". The Irish Times.
  43. ^ "A New Hotspot In Vietnam To Add To Your Bucket List Name". Conde Nast Traveller.
  44. ^ "Avani To Open Two Resorts In Krabi". Asia DMC.
  45. ^ "Minor Hotels Introduces Avani and Oaks brands to Yangon, Myanmar". Hospitality Net.
  46. ^ "Siam Ocean Technology To Install Latest HVAC Techlogy At Anantara Hotels Globally". Asia Travel Tips.
  47. ^ "Anantara, Verita Launch Medical Tourism Hubs". Bangkok Post.
  48. ^ "VLCC Venture Into Global Wellness Tourism With Exclusive Global Tie-Up". BW Hotelier.
  49. ^ "Minor Hotels Establishes Upcoming Asian Institute of Hospitality Management". Luxury Travel Advisor.
  50. ^ "Minor International and Sun International Announce Strategic Partnership". Hospitality Net.
  51. ^ "Minor Hotel Group Forms Strategic African Partnership With UAE's Rani Investment". Aujan.
  52. ^ "Global giant Minor renews commitment to Sri Lanka tourism". Daily FT.
  53. ^ "Minor Hotel Group announces partnership with Emirates Skywards". TTG Mena.
  54. ^ "Minor International partners with Hemas to acquire Kani Lanka Resort & Spa". Ada Derana.
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