Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas, a developer and operator of luxury hotels, resorts and spas, is continuing the expansion of its portfolio in Asia, the Indian Ocean and the Middle East, to encompass 50 properties by 2015. Currently with significant expansion in the Middle East, by early 2014 Anantara will have a portfolio of seven open properties in the region – five in Abu Dhabi, plus the first property in Dubai and the first property in Qatar, which represents a new country of operation.
The month of February saw the opening of the twenty-first Anantara and the second in China – Anantara Xishuangbanna Resort & Spa – and a total of six additional properties are scheduled to join the Anantara portfolio in 2013 in Thailand, Vietnam, China and the UAE. Looking further ahead, the first property in Qatar will open in early 2014 in Doha and Anantara will soon be debuting in additional new countries including in the Indian Ocean on the islands of Sri Lanka and Mauritius, taking the total number of open properties by the end of 2014 to well over 30.
Dillip Rajakarier, CEO Minor Hotel Group, commented, “Anantara has seen a very busy start to the year with the opening of a flagship resort in China and announcements of our first properties in Dubai and Qatar. We are especially excited about our continued expansion in the Middle East region, which is a key area of focus both for Anantara and other brands within Minor Hotel Group.”
David Gardner, regional director of sales & marketing, Middle East, Anantara also stated that the domestic markets of Abu Dhabi and Dubai will continue to flourish in the real estate and travel sector.
He said, “Abu Dhabi and Dubai are still under a mini-boom with high occupancy rates. People want to travel and go on holidays. As long as the airlines, the destination hotels and those in the travel industry all work together the region will continue to flourish.”