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Bangkok, September 11, 2013 - Per AQUUM is pleased to announce the appointment of Nick Downing as Vice President, Per AQUUM Retreats - Resorts - Residences, based in Bangkok.

Nick was part of the launch team of Per AQUUM from 2003 to 2006 when he served as pre-opening Director of Operations, followed by General Manager of Huvafen Fushi, Maldives. As Vice President of Per AQUUM, Nick is responsible for the overall leadership, direction and vision of the brand. He will also ensure that the core Per AQUUM values of making a difference through signature guest experiences, service and design remain central to the portfolio. 

Commenting on his appointment, Nick says, "Returning to Per AQUUM as Vice President is a true honour. Over the last ten years, it has been clear that the teams involved have worked exceptionally hard to stay true to our original identity and the Per AQUUM brand DNA is still deeply embedded across the collection. The fact that each property has its own distinct individuality is a key factor in the continued brand appeal to guests. As joint venture partners in Per AQUUM, both Minor Hotel Group and Universal Enterprises have expressed their commitment to keep Per AQUUM strong, unique and independent and with the added resources behind us I am confident that our brand will continue to be known as an innovative leader in the premium luxury sector." 

Dillip Rajakarier, CEO, Minor Hotel Group comments, "Nick is a proven, well rounded industry leader and his extensive brand development skills are indeed a tremendous asset to Per AQUUM. In addition, with a wealth of hospitality experience, he is well placed to take full strategic and operational leadership of the brand as we look to future development in locations such as the Middle East, Africa, Sri Lanka, and South East Asia. This is an exciting time for Per AQUUM we are delighted to have Nick on board." 

Prior to re-joining Per AQUUM, Nick spent the last two years with Starwood Hotels & Resorts as General Manger of W Retreat Koh Samui. Before that he spent four and a half years at Ativa Hospitality Corporation as General Manager of Hotel de la Paix in Siem Reap, Cambodia before being promoted to Director of Operations at the company's Corporate Office in Bangkok.

His earlier career, which started in the nineties, saw him work for Hyatt Hotels & Resorts in his native Australia before moving to Hayman Island Resort, Palazzo Versace, and then Soneva Gili Resort & Spa in the Maldives as Executive Assistant Manager.

About Per AQUUM Retreats o Resorts o Residences

Per AQUUM Retreats o Resorts o Residences offers a different kind of ethos: one that is passionate, visionary, imaginative and naturally modern. The architecture and design of each project is inspired by the individual beauty of the property's host culture, while development is based on principles of realism, sustainability and responsibility. Renowned for creating bold, imaginative spaces and signature attention to detail the Per AQUUM name has built significant brand value within the top echelons of the travel industry. The current portfolio includes Huvafen Fushi and NIYAMA in the Maldives and Desert Palm in Dubai.

W: Peraquum.com

About Minor Hotel Group

Minor Hotel Group (MHG) is a hotel owner, operator and investor, currently with a portfolio of 94 hotels and serviced suites in operation under the Anantara, AVANI, Per AQUUM, Oaks, Elewana, Marriott, Four Seasons, St. Regis and Minor International brands in Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, China, the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Kenya, Mozambique, the UAE, Australia and New Zealand. AVANI was created to complement MHG's five star Anantara brand which currently offers enriching destination experiences in 23 locations with a target of 50 properties in operation and under development by 2015.

W: minornet.com

Contact: Alison Sager, Sheila Donnelly & Associates

alison@sheiladonnelly.com / 212.365.4687

Contact: Michele Lee, Sheila Donnelly & Associates

michele@sheiladonnelly.com / 571.451.9713

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