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St Helena : MANTIS GROUP IMPRESSED WITH ST HELENA
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 03.02.2013 (Article Archived on 03.03.2013)

A team of six from the Mantis Collection, a group of privately owned boutique hotels and eco-escapes across the globe, have been on St Helena for just under a week and are very impressed with the Island, which they have termed ‘Exceptional’.

MANTIS GROUP IMPRESSED WITH ST HELENA


 


A team of six from the Mantis Collection, a group of privately owned boutique hotels and eco-escapes across the globe, have been on St Helena for just under a week and are very impressed with the Island, which they have termed ‘Exceptional’.


 


The team, comprising Adrian Gardiner, the Chairman of the Mantis Collection and his wife Shirleyanne, Graham Vass, the Development General Manager for the group and his wife Megan, Graham Moon, Chief Executive Officer Mantis Development and John Erasmus, Finance Director, are currently on an eight day stay on St Helena to see if the Island has the right ingredients for its offering and philosophy.


 


During the group’s visit, they have had a packed programme which has included a portfolio of opportunities from Enterprise St Helena - reflecting the forms of development and types of opportunity that might complement the Mantis Collection.


 


The group has also participated in discussions with key stakeholders in the business and tourism sectors, visited the airport site and taken part in a variety of tourism offerings on St Helena.


 


Adrian said:


 


‘The Mantis Mantra is unearthing the exceptional and St Helena is no doubt one of the exceptional - from the water to the forest to the potential for the hospitality industry, such as ‘2onMain’, everything is being taken seriously and things are happening here in a big way.


 


‘We can add value to this offering and since arriving here have looked in detail at St Helena’s marketing plans. We at Mantis are very proud of our marketing achievements and feel that we can add value to the Island’s plan - especially when we see heritage buildings and the history behind them - plus the world class fishing here.


 


‘It is of course a long road to travel, many say a chicken and egg situation, but the reality is the egg is already broken with the airport, and the chicken needs to be nourished. Enterprise St Helena understands the lack of accommodation here, and because we are a company that can offer accommodation, this gives us an opportunity.


 


‘You have three years to market this as a destination and you have to start now.’ 


 


Graham Moon added:


 


‘Our impressions are overwhelming and positive. The airport will introduce change, but what we’ve seen since being here is that the younger generation, in particular, are excited about this change and provided that they embrace and work with it, the Island will achieve its vision. 


 


‘St Helena is a very special place and the airport will introduce dramatic changes, but by and large these will be positive and we feel tourism as an economic driver is realistic. I have travelled all over the world and the only place I can compare St Helena to is the Galapagos Islands, which are one of the greatest tourism products in the world.


 


‘St Helena has this potential to draw people, but the existing tourism product needs to be aligned to what the airport will bring. I think we need to enhance the adventure, active and natural side of the Island; the historical element is an added bonus.’


 


The group’s hectic programme will continue up until their departure on Thursday 31 January 2013.


 


The Mantis Collection was awarded five awards at the World Travel Awards 2012 and was given the prestigious title of World’s Leading Luxury Boutique Hotels Collection.


 


SHG


29 January 2013

 

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