Thailand Operator Grows

Royal Garden Resort joins with Minor Food Group

By: J.L. Erickson

Thailand’s Royal Garden Resort announced last month that it has joined with The Minor Food Group to become Minor International: Thailand’s largest hospitality and leisure operator.

The company’s hotel and leisure operations encompass many of the world’s leading brands: Four Seasons; Marriott; JW Marriott; Mandara Spa plus the company’s own Anantara Resorts and Spas. In its food division, Minor International represents household names such as Pizza Company, Dairy Queen; Swenson’s; Sizzler and Burger King.

It also has aggressive expansion plans: By the end of this year, the company is forecasting it will have over 2,500 guestrooms across 14 hotels. Within 10 years the projection is to have 30 hotels in Thailand and internationally operating under various brands.

Now in its fourth decade, the company is not only managing international brands in Thailand but also launching its own concepts internationally.

This year sees the opening of the first Anantara Resort and Spa outside of Thailand in the Maldives, one of three Maldivian resorts the company is developing.

Additional international resorts are being negotiated in Sri Lanka, Bali and Vietnam. The company’s M-Spa is also making its name internationally with spas being developed in Beirut, Jordan, Dubai, Tanzania and Zanzibar in addition to its developments in China and Asia.