The Africa Hotel Investment Forum, the premier hotel investment conference in Africa, attracting many prominent international hotel owners, investors, financiers, management companies and their advisers, will head back to Kenya’s capital, Nairobi later this year.
AHIF will be held at the InterContinental Hotel on September 30th–October 1st 2014.
Phyllis Kandie, Kenya’s minister of tourism, said: “I am delighted that we have attracted Africa’s highest profile hotel investment forum back to Nairobi.
“Last year, AHIF took place at the same time as the Westgate siege.
“Despite the atrocity, hardly anybody cancelled their trip, the conference went ahead smoothly and global tourism business leaders went out of their way to give a public vote of confidence to Kenya.
“At that moment of crisis, the hospitality industry demonstrated what an extremely valuable asset it is – one we must not take for granted but invest in.”
AHIF 2013 was attended by 400 delegates from 20 countries, including government ministers from four African nations, the president of the World Travel & Tourism Council and scores of business leaders, representing virtually all the big players in hospitality in Africa.
Marianne Ndegwa Jordan, chief executive, Kenya’s Tourism Finance Corporation, added: “After agriculture, Tourism is Kenya’s most important industry. “
“We are blessed with fantastic natural tourism resources: spectacular scenery, beautiful beaches and wonderful wildlife.
“Kenya is the only country where you have the opportunity to see ‘the big five’, Elephant, Rhino, Lion, Buffalo and Leopard in their natural habitat.”
Kenya’s hospitality industry has been eager to capitalise on the favourable tourism outlook.
The latest research by W Hospitality reveals that the country’s hotel pipeline more than doubled recently, from five hotels with 771 rooms under development in 2012 to 11 hotels with 1,469 rooms in 2013.
AHIF is organised by Bench Events, one of the world’s leading organisers of hotel investment conferences, co-hosting annual meetings in Germany, Russia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.
These events attract the international hotel investment community, including developers, investors, management companies, tourism officials and leading advisers from around the globe, as well as industry leaders locally and regionally.