The Thistle brand is part of Guoman Hotel Management (UK) Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of GuocoLeisure Limited. Both companies are members of the Hong Leong Group whose hospitality and leisure business is spread across the globe. Thistle Hotels has a history that spans over 40 years in the United Kingdom and has 34 hotels across the UK, in most of the major cities including 11 in central London alone, making it London's largest hotel group in terms of room numbers.
In Malaysia, GuocoLand Malaysia owns two hotels managed by Thistle, Thistle Port Dickson Resort and Thistle Johor Bahru, which represents an expansion of the Group's hotel portfolio and the entry of one of the most recognised hotel brands in the UK into Asia for the first time.
As Thistle's UK properties are ideally placed for business or pleasure, covering most major cities and towns, the Asian properties have also been specifically chosen to capitalise on key business and leisure hubs - appealing to the rising numbers of both domestic and international guests travelling to the continent.