The Rise of Hotel Investment in Africa

The Rise of Hotel Investment in Africa

Billions of pounds will be invested in Africa’s hotel industry over the next few years.

According to PwC’s Hotels Outlook: 2016-20 report, overall room revenue in Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Mauritius and South Africa, rose 6.7 per cent in 2015 – the largest gain since 2011.

International hotel developers are acting fast to take early advantage of a fast-expanding middle class, growing business travel and tourism potential on the continent.

Hilton Worldwide plans to double its presence in Africa to more than 80 hotels in less than five years, while France-based AccorHotels has announced its ambition to reach 200 hotels by 2020 with investments in 18 key cities, including Cape Town, Nairobi, Abuja, Abidjan and Dakar.

During the Africa Hotels Investment Forum (AHIF) in Kigali last month, Marriott International CEO Arne Sorenson described Sub-Saharan Africa as being ‘an enormous long-term growth opportunity’. The Marriott acquired more than 60 hotels in Africa through its acquisition of Starwood in September, in addition to opening self-branded properties, with the first in Kigali; now boasting more than 40,000 rooms in total across the continent.

In a recent article, Deputy Editor of Arabian Business magazine Courtney Trenwith analysed Africa’s hotel investment opportunities, and spoke to some of the leading players in the sector.

Read the full article here – Checking in Africa’s Hospitality Revolution

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