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naked Group and Group Announce Joint Venture to Expand Cooperation in the Sustainable Luxury Lifestyle Sector

2023-02-17  Source: naked Group

Shanghai, 20 February 2023 - naked Group Ltd. and Group (NASDAQ: TCOM) have announced a new joint venture focused on expanding cooperation in the sustainable luxury sector in China and globally. The announcement was made at a signing ceremony held at the naked Stables in Moganshan, Zhejiang Province, China.

In recent years, both naked Group and Group have carried out extensive work around rural revitalization, with naked Group developing luxury resorts and Group targeting high-end homestays. The high-end holiday experiences created by both parties in their respective fields has effectively stimulated the growth of rural tourism economy in China, exemplified by the flagship resorts naked Stables, naked Castle in Moganshan Zhejiang province, followed by naked Water, naked Hill, and naked Valley in eastern and central China.

The expanded partnership will see naked Group & Group work together to grow the naked brand globally through collaboration at multiple levels, encompassing high-end hospitality, technological innovation, promotion of sustainable lifestyles and more. With the shared value of sustainable development, the new partnership will continue to emphasize environmental sustainability, a focus on history, culture, heritage, as well as activating economic sustainability of communities at the place of business.

Manoj Mehta, CEO of naked Group Ltd., said: "naked has been a pioneer in China in harnessing sustainable principles through its design, construction and operation to create thriving local economies and brining prosperity to the rural China. We believe that this JV is a great opportunity to ensure the continued and accelerated success of naked brand and to create more 'green mountain & blue sky' economies continuously in stunning natural locations across China and overseas. A few new naked resorts are in the pipeline and will open soon in Xi'an, Chengdu, Hubei etc. naked Group is confident in realizing the true potential of the partnership with Group."

Jane Sun, CEO of Group, said: "Rural tourism is key to revitalising rural areas, which will, in turn, impact the level of economic and social development. Since the launch of our "Rural Tourism Revitalization Strategy" in 2021, we have undertaken several actions and programmes aimed at strengthening the appeal of the identified areas while enhancing the capabilities and capacities of the local officials. These include building high-end rural accommodations and training rural tourism professionals, among others. These targeted actions and strategies have led to more job opportunities and increased income among tourism professionals in general. It is important for industry partners to collaborate and identify new opportunities to further strengthen the appeal of rural areas, and promote sustainable development and high-quality rural tourism."

naked Group will be the majority shareholder of the joint venture. naked Group and Group both strongly believe that technology will continue to play an increasingly important role in people‘s lives. This partnership will provide a foundation to use the latest technology to create more meaningful and customized lifestyle experiences for our customers. Through this, the venture will accelerate the growth of the naked Brand in a systematic and sustainable manner