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Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) Podcast

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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.
54 Episodes
Premier podcast de la série du Forum de l'Investissement Hôtelier Africain 2020 avec Alexis Janoray, Chef de développement pour l'Afrique chez le Groupe AccorHotels; le commanditaire principal de cet évènement annuel. Une perspective sur les opportunités d'investissement dans l'immobilier hôtelier en Afrique de l'Ouest et de l'engagement du Groupe AccorHotels dans la région et sur le continent.
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.   
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. 
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
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 Basketball Africa League (BAL)
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. 
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 requirements, tax incentives and mezzanine funding options.
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.
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.
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
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