The upcoming Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) slated for October this year in Nairobi Kenya will see top CEO’s let out secrets to their success in the hotel industry.
In a detailed agenda seen by The Exchange, the event, which will be attended by among others international hotel investors, business leaders and politicians will see leading figures from across the sector ready to reveal their personal paths to success.
After a five year break, Kenya will this year show itself off to the world with an unprecedented week of tourism promotion. As well as hosting AHIF, it will stage a range of events, including the Magical Kenya Tourism Expo (MKTE), the largest travel trade show in East Africa, and it will announce a package of measures to incentivise investment.
This year’s AHIF being staged in Nairobi, October 2 – 4, will cover every aspect – from the impact of macroeconomics to the hard detail of building a thriving business, plus unique networking opportunities with leading CEOs.
According to Matthew Weihs, the Managing Director of Bench Events, AHIF’s organiser, there could not be a better time to be in Nairobi.
“All the key players will be there. It’s a chance to do business, strike deals, and network like never before.” He said.
AHIF, which is supported by Kenya’s Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife and its Tourism Finance Corporation (TFC), is attended by international hotel investors, business leaders and politicians. It has a proven track-record of driving investment into tourism projects, infrastructure and hotel development across Africa.
According to a statement from AHIF, the conference tone will be set by Fatuma Hirsi Mohamed, principal secretary in the Kenyan Ministry of Tourism and Jonah Orumoi, Managing Director, Tourism Finance Corporation (TFC).
“They will highlight a range of new government initiatives to incentivise investment.” It reads.
The event is packed with a series of activities including a visit to State house by the delegates in attendance.
Other highlights during the forum include addressing some of the key questions on raising capital for hotel projects and investor sentiment, followed by an exploration of the role of tourism in conservation.
There will also be a section to have an in-depth look at an exciting new project and a one on one interview with James Hogan, Executive Chairman, Knighthood Capital, now a serious investor, who was previously President & CEO, Etihad Aviation Group and before that President & CEO, Gulf Air.
There shall also be a session to discuss growing an African brand, with Cedric Guilleminot, CEO of the hugely successful Onomo Hotels and professional investor, Ilaria Benucci and another on tourism trends in sub-Saharan Africa will be explored before a one-to-one interview with Christopher J Nassetta, President and CEO, Hilton, who will shed some light on the strategies for the brand’s growth in the region.
Daniel Silke, director of the Political Futures Consultancy will give the macroeconomic overview, explaining the main geopolitical and demographic trends shaping the future of various African countries. He will be followed by Tom Mundy, head of advisory, sub-Saharan Africa, JLL, on the real estate cycle and its effect on investment.
Cabinet Secretary, Kenyan Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife Najib Balala, will examine the challenges of making an African destination appealing to international investors.