Accorhotels acquires 50% stake in South Africa-based Mantis Group

The Mantis network features 28 managed properties, plus a global network of branded hotels and residences

Sebastien Bazin and Adrian Gardiner.
Sebastien Bazin and Adrian Gardiner.

AccorHotels has entered a strategic partnership with the South Africa-based Mantis Group. The strategic partnership is accompanied by the launch of Community Conservation Fund Africa (CCFA), a non-profit organisation (NGO) which aims to amplify both Groups’ commitment towards preventing the accelerating decline of Africa’s wildlife and bringing together three internationally renowned conservation organisations - Wilderness Foundation, Tusk Trust and African Parks.

The Mantis network features 28 managed properties, plus a global network of branded hotels and residences, including boutique villas and flagship properties such as Founders Lodge – a South African game reserve located in the Eastern Cape, Mantis St Helena – a boutique hotel on the island in the Atlantic Ocean, as well as the Draycott Hotel in London. ­­­­­

The Mantis Group also owns and operates a number of luxury houseboats and a lodge under the Zambezi Queen Collection brand.

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Sebastien Bazin, chairman and CEO, AccorHotels said: “Mantis is a pioneer in customised one-of-a-kind travel services in some of the most imaginative hotels across the world. 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.”

Founder and chairman of the Mantis Group, Adrian Gardiner, commented: “AccorHotels is one of the fastest growing hotel and travel operators worldwide. 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. We are excited to embark upon this new chapter alongside AccorHotels where we will act as ambassadors for the development of both our Groups’ portfolios and offerings.”

Highlights of Mantis’ contribution to conservation includes the support and sponsorship of initiatives for the Wilderness Foundation Africa, Tusk Trust and various other conservation NGOs.

The partnership agreement is subject to regulatory approvals.

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