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From Left: Bezin and Gardiner welcomed the partnership as being beneficial to both their groups From Left: Bezin and Gardiner welcomed the partnership as being beneficial to both their groups

AccorHotels Sign Strategic Agreement with Mantis Group

AccorHotels has announced a strategic partnership with South Africa-based Mantis Group.

The partnership has seen AccorHotels acquire a 50 percent stake in the Group, which features a collection of privately owned, managed and branded five-star properties and lodges located around the world.

AccorHotels stated that the deal resonated with the Group’s Planet 21 conservation platform. The strategic partnership is accompanied by the launch of Community Conservation Fund Africa, a non-profit organisation which aims to amplify both groups’ commitment towards preventing the decline of Africa’s wildlife.

It also brings together three internationally renowned conservation organisations, namely Wilderness Foundation, Tusk Trust and African Parks.

Sebastien Bazin, CEO, AccorHotels, commented, “With this strategic partnership, we are reinforcing the Group’s footprint in Africa and we have access to a brand with strong roots and heritage, recognised for its commitment to preserve the environment and its prestigious credentials in the hospitality space.”

“This agreement presents an attractive proposition for the Mantis Group to utilise AccorHotels’ robust distribution channels and world-wide reach to further develop the hospitality concepts and sustainability projects we have worked so tirelessly to grow,” added Adrian Gardiner, chairman, Mantis Group.