Minor Hotels Receives Three Honours at Global Hotel Alliance Awards in Tokyo

Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort named Hotel of the Year and top accolades for NH Hotels & Resorts and Minor CEO Dillip Rajakarier.

Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort - Lagoon View
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Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort - Lagoon View

Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), the world’s largest alliance of independent hotel brands, with the award-winning loyalty programme GHA DISCOVERY, has announced the winners of its 2024 awards. Minor Hotels was recognised in three categories, including Hotel of the Year for Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort, Best Cross-Brand Contribution for NH Hotels & Resorts and the Exceptional Contribution Award for Dillip Rajakarier, CEO of Minor Hotels and Group CEO of Minor International. GHA also acknowledged two of Minor Hotels’ brands, Anantara Hotels & Resorts and Tivoli Hotels & Resorts, for their 15 years of membership as part of the alliance.


Hosted at the historic Kanda Myojin Shrine in Tokyo, the annual awards ceremony acknowledged more than 20 hotel brands and properties from the GHA portfolio, including those in the Green Collection and the Ultratravel Collection, while hotels demonstrating performance excellence related to the GHA DISCOVERY loyalty programme also received accolades.


Every awards category was hotly contested, with at least four nominations in each from GHA’s more than 800 hotels in 100 countries, representing 40 brands, selected according to multiple criteria.


GHA CEO Chris Hartley remarked: “I’d like to congratulate all of our winners for their exceptional achievements. Each award winner has demonstrated remarkable innovation and commitment, and their contributions have significantly contributed to the success of GHA DISCOVERY, benefiting all hotel brands in our alliance. As we celebrate the alliance’s 20th anniversary, these awards, which include recognition of brands that have been part of GHA for more than a decade, highlight the strength of our global network, which continues to go from strength to strength.”


GHA’s awards ceremony coincided with its annual CEO meeting, which took place in Japan for the first time. It was attended by the CEOs of more than 40 GHA hotel brands, including Minor Hotels’ Dillip Rajakarier. The meeting shared insights into the preferences and behaviours of Japanese travellers, presented by GHA DISCOVERY in collaboration with Interbrand Japan.


First launched in 2010 and reimagined in 2021, GHA DISCOVERY now serves 27 million members worldwide, generating $2.3 billion in revenue and 10 million room nights (as of 2023).


About Global Hotel Alliance (GHA)


Global Hotel Alliance (GHA) brings together a diverse collection of independent hospitality brands with GHA DISCOVERY, a multi-brand loyalty programme leveraging a shared technology platform. Through membership in GHA, brands expand their global reach, drive incremental revenue, and reduce dependence on third-party channels, all while maintaining management independence and individual positioning. GHA represents a collection of 40 brands with more than 800 hotels in 100 countries. The award-winning GHA DISCOVERY programme serves 27 million members and generated $2.3 billion in revenue and 10 million room nights in 2023. GHA’s brands currently include Anantara, Araiya, ASMALLWORLD, Avani, Bristoria, Capella, Corinthia, Divani, Doyle, Elewana, JA Resorts, Kempinski, Leela, Lore, Lungarno, Maqo, Marco Polo, Mysk, NH Collection, NH Hotels, nhow, Niccolo, Nikki Beach, NUO, Oaks, OUTRIGGER, Pan Pacific, PARKROYAL COLLECTION, PARKROYAL, Patina, The Residence by Cenizaro, The Set Collection, Shaza, Sukhothai, Sun International, Tivoli, Ultratravel Collection and Viceroy. For more information, visit www.globalhotelalliance.com.




Launched in 2010, GHA DISCOVERY is the world’s largest loyalty program for independent hotel brands, featuring more than 800 hotels, resorts, and palaces across 40 brands. Members enjoy VIP recognition, thoughtful benefits and generous rewards at home or away. GHA DISCOVERY members earn and spend DISCOVERY Dollars (D$), an exclusive rewards currency. They also enjoy member-only Experiences curated by each hotel, plus they have access to properties close to home, without a stay, through member-only Local Offers. For more information, visit ghadiscovery.com.

About Minor Hotels

Minor Hotels is a global hospitality group operating over 550 hotels, resorts and residences in 56 countries, pursuing its vision of crafting a more passionate and interconnected world. As a hotel owner, operator and investor, Minor Hotels fulfils the needs and desires of today’s global travellers through its diverse portfolio of eight hotel brands – Anantara, Avani, Elewana Collection, NH, NH Collection, nhow, Oaks and Tivoli – and a collection of related businesses. Minor Hotels is rapidly accelerating its global growth ambitions, aiming to add more than 200 hotels by the end of 2026.

Minor Hotels is a proud member of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), the world's largest alliance of independent hotel brands, and participates in the GHA DISCOVERY loyalty programme.

For more information, please visit minorhotels.com and connect with Minor Hotels on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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