Minor Hotel Group has promoted Dillip Rajakarier
from Chief Operating Officer to Chief Executive Officer.
joining Minor Hotel Group as Chief Financial Officer in March
2007, Dillip Rajakarier has been instrumental in the expansion of
the hotel portfolio, namely the addition of luxury tented camps
and resorts ‘Elewana Afrika’ in Tanzania and Kenya, the
acquisition of Anantara Kihavah Villas in the Maldives, strategic
hotel investments in Sri Lanka and the recent launch of the
upscale Avani Hotels & Resorts brand.
In 2011 Minor Hotel
Group acquired Oaks Hotel Group in Australia, New Zealand and the
United Arab Emirates. The investment was spearheaded by Rajakarier
and has effectively doubled the Minor Hotel Group portfolio to 73
properties, in addition to providing entry into a new market
segment and region.
Rajakarier is tasked with growing the
hotel group to 150 hotels within the next 5 years, and expanding
the group’s home grown brands Anantara and Avani, in addition to
strategic acquisitions across Asia Pacific, the Middle East and
the Indian Ocean.
Minor Hotel Group’s expansion also
includes the promotion of Ross Crowder to Senior Vice President
Since joining Minor in 2007 to take on the
newly created role of Vice President Project Development, Crowder
has not only led the Technical Services team in numerous Anantara
projects and provided leadership to the Hotel Engineering teams,
but has also personally completed a number of key projects for the
Minor Hotel Group.
Highlights of his achievements include the
addition of 20 luxury villas at Anantara Bophut Resort & Spa in
Koh Samui, as well as the flagship openings of Anantara Kihavah
Villas in the Maldives and the St. Regis Bangkok.
Following the success of these projects, and in line with Minor
Hotel Group’s rapid development, Crowder is now working on key
ventures in Sri Lanka, Mauritius, China and Bali.
E. Heinecke, Chairman and CEO of Minor International, said,
“This year alone our hotels have increased from 36 to 78, accompanied by the launch of the new Avani upscale hotel brand,
while Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas will be developed from 15 to
50 properties by 2015. These two strategic appointments will
greatly impact Minor Hotel Group’s grand expansion plans, and we are confident that seasoned individuals such as Dillip and Ross
will continue to drive our business success.”
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