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The official podcast of AHIF, which is attended by the highest calibre international hotel investors of any conference in Africa. It is the only annual hotel investment conference that connects business leaders from the international and local markets, driving investment into tourism projects, infrastructure and hotel development across Africa.

The official podcast of AHIF, which is attended by the highest calibre international hotel investors of any conference in Africa. It is the only annual hotel investment conference that connects business leaders from the international and local markets, driving investment into tourism projects, infrastructure and hotel development across Africa.
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United Arab Emirates

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The official podcast of AHIF, which is attended by the highest calibre international hotel investors of any conference in Africa. It is the only annual hotel investment conference that connects business leaders from the international and local markets, driving investment into tourism projects, infrastructure and hotel development across Africa.

Twitter:

@AHIF_news

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English

Contact:

+971588031917


Episodes

Ep 49: Karl de Lacy Director, International Hotel Services, Best Western Hotel Group

9/17/2019
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In this podcast, Karl de Lacy Director, International Hotel Services for Best Western Hotel Group talks about how the recent acquisition of WorldHotels brand has added value to their organization. In particular, we look at how this increase in brands enables them to work with more owners from luxury down to mid-scale products.

Duration:00:12:18

Ep 48: Rick Taylor, CEO, The Business Tourism Company

9/4/2019
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Rick Taylor, the Founder of Business Tourism Company spoke to us about his organisation as one specialising in destination development, branding and tourism marketing strategies in emerging markets. We focus on some of the work they have done in Rwanda enabling them to embrace the potential of MICE as a way to diversify their tourism products and look forward to the work in Ethiopia.

Duration:00:21:26

Ep 47: Cyril Jacob, Managing Director, Ascentis Group

8/26/2019
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In this podcast, we speak to Cyril Jacob, Managing Director at Ascentis, an engineering and project management organisation. We explore the similarities between the work he’s done in Asia and Africa; what the current challenges are for his organisation in the market and we look forward to his session on Developing Hotel Projects at the Africa Hotel Investment Forum on 24th September 2019 at Sheraton Addis, Ethiopia

Duration:00:11:44

Ep 46: Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard, Founder & Chairman, APO Group

8/19/2019
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This podcast with Nicolas looks at the changing role of media in Africa. We discuss the investment into the sector and the impact this is having on local media, discuss the impact this will have and explore the role of media portraying the continent. We also discussed the APO/AHIF partnership and what this will look to achieve – not least bringing interesting new speakers to the conference such as Amadou Gallo Fall, Vice President of National Basketball Association (NBA) and President of the...

Duration:00:44:30

Ep 45: Jameel Verjee, Founder & CEO, CityBlue Hotels

7/22/2019
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In this podcast, we explore more about the CityBlue Hotels concepts and look at what plans it has as an African brand. Explore the challenges for the brand and the opportunities that come from being a regional player. Finally, we discuss Jameel’s coming session at the African Hotel Investment Forum and look at their needs as a regional brand and the types of deals they are considering.

Duration:00:13:22

Ep 44: How commercial and DFI banks view financing, requirements for banks and cross border lending

7/9/2019
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In this podcast, we talk to Fabio Nava, Vice President of Capital Markets, JLL (Hotels and Hospitality) and Wayne Godwin, Head of Hotel Advisory in Sub-Saharan Africa from JLL who, as part of their survey into the current investment sentiments, are producing an independent report on the current state of debt financing and hotel lending across Africa. We discussed how commercial and DFI banks view financing, requirements for banks, cross border lending, portfolio, and single asset lending...

Duration:00:22:17

Ep 41: James Stuart, Founder of Stuart & Partners

5/27/2019
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In this Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) podcast, we speak to the Founder of Stuart & Partners, James Stuart about his work in the African hospitality market. Working closely with local independent hoteliers and helping them develop their own brand we explore why the African market is so important for him, the comparisons to this continent to his work previously in Asia and how he expects the African market to develop.

Duration:00:15:49

Ep 43: African Hotel Performance Data from Q1 2019

5/20/2019
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In this podcast I talk to Thomas Emanuel, Director of STR, looking at the African hotel performance data from Q1 2019. We also look at the pipeline data and discuss the markets that are looking strong across the continent.

Duration:00:08:33

Ep 42: The 2019 Hotel Chain Development Pipelines in Africa with Trevor Ward

5/9/2019
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This Africa Hotel Investment Forum podcast speaks to Trevor Ward, Owner and Managing Director of W Hospitality Group about the recent publication of the 2019 Hotel Chain Development Pipelines in Africa. I asked Trevor about the findings of the report – what it tells us about branded development across Africa – which countries are leading and what it tells us about the key international and regional brands strategies

Duration:00:16:58

Special Feature: Panos Loupasis, Vice President of Development, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts

4/18/2019
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In this podcast, we talk to Panos Loupasis the Vice President of Development for Wyndham Hotels and Resorts. Panos covers Africa, the Middle East and Eurasia for development so we explore how the brand looks to develop geographically. The podcast also explores the plans for the company and what products work for these markets. Finally, at the AHIC conference, Panos was presenting the Ramada Encore product at the 3-minute pitch session so he outlines this brand and why it is good for the...

Duration:00:12:58

Ep 40: South African markets from a growth perspective

3/26/2019
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In the first podcast of AHIF 2019, we speak to Daniel Silke, Director of Political Futures Consultancy, before he presents his keynote session at the AHIF Regional Briefing in Cape Town on April 24th. Daniel has been a keynote speaker of the Africa Hotel Investment Forum previously and will present on the Headwinds and Tailwinds of the African economy at the briefing. In this podcast we discuss whether the slower global growth will affect Africa, understand more about which regions he...

Duration:00:12:23

Ep 01: Maria Zarraluqui, Vice President of Global Development, Melia Hotels International

1/16/2019
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In this podcast, with Maria Zarraluqui, the Vice President of Global Development for Melia Hotels International, we talked about the recent successes of Melia in the MENA region and the plans for the development of their brands in key markets.

Duration:00:10:33

Ep 02: Erwan Garnier Director, Development, Sub-Saharan Africa, Radisson Hotel Group

12/5/2018
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Erwan Garnier, Director, Radisson Hotel Group talks about the operator's growth plans in Francophone Africa, why it has such an important significance to their overall 5 year plans and the specific challenges faced when doing developments in Francophone countries.

Duration:00:15:45

Ep 39: Jean Perrochon, Commercial Director, Bench Events

11/27/2018
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A new addition to the Bench Events family to drive the company’s ambitions in Africa and the Middle East. Jean Perrochon brings with him valuable insight having worked closely with the investment community in the city of London and spent over 20 years of his life in Côte d'Ivoire.

Duration:00:11:14

Ep 01: Thomas Emanuel, Director of Business Development, STR

11/25/2018
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In this podcast, Thomas Emanuel, Director of Business Development at STR, gives a quick update on the African market. He presents some of the recent findings shared at the AHIF event in Kenya and then, with the recent launch of the FIHA – Forum de l’Investissement Hôtelier Africain, digs deeper into some of the Francophone markets and why they are at an exciting stage of development.

Duration:00:14:05

Ep 38: Hon. Najib Balala, EGH, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Tourism & Wildlife, Government of Kenya

11/12/2018
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In this podcast, we speak to Hon. Najib Balala, EGH, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Tourism & Wildlife, Government of Kenya. He explains how the government is supporting tourism and hospitality investments in Kenya.

Duration:00:07:37

Ep 37: Rene Laks, Managing Director South Africa at Solarus Sunpower

10/9/2018
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In this podcast, we speak to our new sponsors Solarus Sunpower’s Managing Director for Sub Saharan Africa, René Laks. Solarus Sunpower are supporting the AHIF debate on Efficient Building Investment and we asked René what, to date, have been the successes in the hospitality sector and the goals for the business. During the SPACE Seminar, we shall be exploring the practicalities of investing into solutions like solar power and the expected payback time as well – René explains some of the...

Duration:00:12:52

Ep 36: Daniel Silke, Director of Political Futures Consultancy

9/27/2018
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Daniel Silke, Director of Political Futures Consultancy and AHIF’s Keynote speaker this year is always special to listen to and, in this podcast, we explore how the current world economic situation is influencing Africa. This podcast explores how Africa is responding to the current trade wars globally through to the effects of Chinese economic slowdown. Is Africa showing resilience or is it being battered by the headwinds?

Duration:00:07:25

Ep 35: Amos Wekesa Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Great Lakes Safaris

9/24/2018
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Amos Wekesa, Founder and CEO of Great Lakes Safaris spoke to us about his business and the goals for it. As a true entrepreneur of the tourism industry what he felt the potential is for the leisure market in Africa and how he, as an influencer, can now do to promote further investment into the sector and to support Uganda’s recovery as a destination.

Duration:00:09:05

Ep 34: Bani Haddad - Founder & Managing Director at Aleph Hospitality

9/20/2018
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In this podcast, we talked to Bani Haddad, Founder and Managing Director of Aleph Hospitality about his journey to setting up his 3-year-old business and why he has concentrated his efforts into the African market. We also asked Bani to talk us through all the different types of management models open to owners and to explain why the 3rd party operator model is such a potentially good one for the African market.

Duration:00:12:47