As part of this agreement, Accor acquires a 50 percent stake in Mantis. Mantis, for those who are unfamiliar with the name, brings to the table a collection of award-winning managed and branded five-star properties and lodges. These venues are located across the world on every major continent, and they range from boutique hotels to eco lodges. Mantis possesses a unique and eclectic group of properties that also include game reserves, luxury houseboats, and venues that lend themselves to adventure tourism, which has become increasingly popular among a budding group of millennial travellers in recent years.
Experts say that this new agreement stands to reinforce Accor Hotels as one of the world leaders in unique and curated travel experiences.
Community Conservation Fund Africa (CCFA)
This strategic partnership will also coincide with the launch of a non-profit organization called Community Conservation Fund Africa, or CCFA. What CCFA aims to do is amplify the commitments of both AccorHotels and Mantis toward diminishing the ongoing decline of wildlife populations in Africa.
CCFA will work to help bring together three conservation groups of international renown, with those groups being Tusk Trust, African Parks, and the Wilderness Foundation.
More About the Mantis Group
For those who are unfamiliar with Mantis Group, it is important to note that it is a world-class network of hospitality venues that features 28 managed properties as well as many branded hotels and residences scattered throughout the globe.
The Mantis Group’s holdings are diverse, to be certain, and they include properties that range from boutique villas to flagship offerings such as the Founders Lodge—which is a South African game reserve that is located in the Eastern Cape area—as well as Mantis St. Helena, a boutique hotel on a remote and isolated island in the Atlantic. Rounding out the list of Mantis Group’s most noteworthy properties is the Draycott Hotel in London, which is synonymous with British luxury and Old World elegance that is becoming increasingly harder to find these days.
Simply put, Mantis Group gives Accor access to a number of properties that cater to travellers in search of adventure. This deal also strengthens AccorHotels’ leadership position on the African continent while simultaneously combining its vision of conservation and education with its ongoing hotel operations.
Of all the major names in the African hospitality market, Mantis is one that is closely associated with environmental responsibility. In fact, highlights of Mantis’ success in conservation include the company’s support and sponsorship of initiatives for the Wilderness Foundation Africa, Tusk Trust and various other aforementioned groups above.