With the much anticipated Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) being just two weeks away, top CEOs are gearing up to make loaded presentations at the forum.
The 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.
It is packed with a series of activities including a visit to State house by the delegates in attendance.
Cabinet Secretary, Kenyan Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife Najib Balala, will examine the challenges of making an African destination appealing to international investors.
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.
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.