by Cheryl-Anne Sturken | April 06, 2018
Paris-based AccorHotels has signed a strategic partnership with South Africa-based Mantis Group, a privately owned and managed collection of luxury lodges, boutique hotels and houseboats around the world. The deal significantly widens Accor's footprint in Africa.
The agreement gives AccorHotels a 50 percent stake in Mantis, whose network features 28 managed properties, plus a global network of branded hotels and residences, including boutique villas and flagship properties such as Founders Lodge, left, a South African game reserve on the Eastern Cape; Mantis St. Helena, a boutique hotel on the remote island in the Atlantic Ocean, and the Draycott Hotel in London.

The two companies also will be launching Community Conservation Fund Africa, a nonprofit organization committed to preventing the accelerating decline of Africa's wildlife. The group will join together three internationally renowned conservation organizations -- the Wilderness Foundation, the Tusk Trust and African Parks.

In a statement announcing the new partnership, Sébastien Bazin, chairman and CEO of AccorHotels, said, "Mantis is a pioneer in customized 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."
Commenting on the deal, Adrian Gardiner, founder and chairman of the Mantis Group, said, "This agreement presents an attractive proposition for the Mantis Group to utilize 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."