Bench Events, the organiser of the Africa Hotel Investment Forum, has announced that the event will now take place at the Sheraton Hotel in Addis Ababa. The event, originally scheduled for Nairobi, will now head for the Ethiopian capital on September 29th-October 1st.
A new hospitality group, with several hotel brands and more than 2,200 rooms and suites under construction, spread between 15 properties in 13 African countries, will reveal itself to the media for the very first time at the Africa Hotel Investment Forum. The event will take place on Tuesday September 24th, at the InterContinental Hotel in Nairobi.
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.
Delegates at the Africa Hotel Investment Forum in Nairobi today declared poaching to be the greatest threat to Africa’s tourism industry and branded poachers as Africa’s greatest public enemy. Lazaro Nyalandu, deputy minister for natural resources & tourism, Tanzania, said in an address to the whole conference: “Poaching is a global problem needing a global solution.”
The organisers of the Africa Hotel Investment Forum, taking place in Nairobi, have confirmed that it will go ahead as planned, despite the terrorist incident at the Westgate Shopping Centre. Jonathan Worsley, chairman, Bench Events said: “The Westgate incident is horrific and our hearts go out to all the victims and their families, who have suffered the most shocking blow.
When delegates arrive at the Africa Hotel Investment Forum they could be forgiven for feeling like players in a giant, complex game of Monopoly. Research just released by W Hospitality Group, a founding member of Hotel Partners Africa, reveals that there are 40,000 rooms being planned or constructed on the African continent from now to 2017.
Phyllis Kandie, Kenya’s cabinet secretary for east African affairs, commerce and tourism is to be the patron of the Africa Hotel Investment Forum, which takes place in Nairobi on September 24th-25th. The event brings together the leading international hotel investors in Africa with local operators, ministers, government officials and industry experts, who will discuss all aspects of hotel investment and operation in Africa.
Matthew Weihs, managing director, Bench Events, speaks to Breaking Travel News at AHIC 2013 in Dubai.
Organisers of the Africa Hotel Investment Forum and other leaders of the hotel investment community have welcomed the new pro-tourism administration in Kenya, hot on the heels of the announcement by the president of several ministerial candidates. The new government stood for election with tourism highlighted in its manifesto and since Uhuru Kenyatta’s inauguration, commitments have been made to increase the intensity of Kenya’s tourism marketing activity, to double the number of tourists to three million a year and to provide incentives to encourage investment in tourist accommodation.
Ernst & Young has released Global Hospitality Insights: Top thoughts for 2013, its annual outlook for the worldwide hospitality industry. This year’s publication highlights several key trends likely to have an impact on hotel development, financing and operations over the next 12 months.
The Steigenberger Hotel Group now has a presence at the very heart of Europe in the form of the Steigenberger Grandhotel Brussels. Located in the city centre and offering 269 rooms and suites, the hotel opened on January 1st 2013 and is busy welcoming guests from all over the world.
Jonathan Worsley, Chairman of Bench Events, the company organising the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) this September 25-26 in Nairobi, has promised that the conference will discuss ‘all the relevant issues’ that confront the hotel industry and uncomfortable facts will not be ‘swept under the carpet’.