Orion Hotels – http://www.orionhotels.co.za
The Beginning Of The Orion Hotel Group
The Orion Group was founded by the CEO, Franz Gmeiner in 1991, with the purchase of an 11 storey office tower in downtown Johannesburg. A steady flow of acquisitions resulted in the 1996 purchase of the Devonshire office tower and hotel complex, in the Braamfontein precinct of Johannesburg. In March 1999, the hotel operations of Hotel Devonshire were taken over from the tenant, and this was the beginning of the current Orion Hotels portfolio of 14 hotels, resorts and lodges.
Hotels and lodges were acquired by through purchase, lease or management contracts. From the small beginnings in 1999, with the acquisition of the 63 room three star Hotel Devonshire, the hotel division now boasts hotels and lodges in the three, four and five star categories.
Our hotels are a fine selection of heritage hotels, luxury estates, city hotels, country retreats and private game lodges making Orion the only sizable boutique hotel group in Southern Africa. This unique hand-picked selection of individual properties offer diversity and an exciting array of experiences to cater to our rainbow nation.
People And Teams Making A Difference
Orion Hotels is a team-based organisation, and prides itself in building and developing strong, motivated, productive, but above all, engaged colleagues. Each team participates in formal team coaching sessions at least 10 times per annum under the expert guidance of trained and accredited business coaches. Orion Hotels has a sister division (Orion Business Solutions), which coaches most of the teams. It also provides coaching training for various levels of managers. This coaching philosophy is equipping our hotel management teams to cope with the fast pace of change in our industry, as well as with economic challenges, and the cultural diversity in South Africa.
Orion Hotels is distinguished by its strong service culture, quality food and dining experiences, Rolls Royce VIP fleet and its hand-picked collection of boutique hotels, resorts and lodges.
Socially Responsible Corporate Citizen
Orion Hotels prides itself on good corporate governance and in participating in charity and community upliftment programmes. We are guided by our set of core values namely honesty, integrity, treating people with dignity, reward and recognition, productivity and innovation, and generousity.
Our Brand Promise
Loving to Serve Our Guests Better Every Day
Other differentiating factors of Orion Hotels are a strong service culture, quality food, Rolls Royce VIP fleet and the boutique nature of each unique hotel, resort or lodge.
Our ambitious growth target is to have a presence in 50 countries. Based on our parent group’s philosophy ‘Our business is getting better every day in every way’, we strive to always ensure that our love to serve shows in all that we do.
The Orion Group – Its Happening
The group’s purpose is to create a lasting positive experience for our primary customers. The brand promise ‘it’s happening’ says it all.
The Orion Group’s property assets have grown to a diversified group with assets in excess of R1 Billion.
The Orion Group consists of
‘Loving to serve our guests better every day’
Orion Hotels has a growing portfolio of hotels lodges and resorts.
Orion Real Estate Ltd (Listed on Johannesburg Stock Exchange)
‘Maximizing shareholder value through innovative investment strategies’
Orion Real Estate LTD has been listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and currently owns a portfolio of commercial properties valued at over R630 million
Orion Facilities Management
‘Building a lasting, personal relationship with every stakeholder through committed service and Teamwork’
Orion Facilities Management is an independent fully fledged facilities management company that performs the full spectrum of activities managing investment properties on behalf of Orion Real Estate Ltd, a family trust and numerous individual investments.
Orion Business Solutions
‘Creating sustained, changed behaviour and action through a shift in thinking’
Orion Business Solutions is a specialist human capital development company providing executive team coaching, individual executive coaching, recruitment and various training programmes including coaching training programmes.
Orion Services Division
The Orion Services division (spread over a number of entities) is involved in hotel management, security services, cleaning services, maintenance services, project management, asset management and marketing.