The facts and figures behind an unprecedented hotel expansion in Francophone Africa have been revealed in the latest research by W Hospitality Group.
According to the report, the international experts in hotels, tourism and leisure based in Lagos, Nigeria hotel development pipeline analysis shows that more than 30 per cent of the current total Africa pipeline – both pre-construction and on-site – is in French speaking Africa.
The group also recently announced that Marriott International plans to rapidly expand across Africa.
Strong demand for select-service brands and conversion opportunities are driving the momentum of growth for the company, amplified by five new hotel signings.
“The new signings will further consolidate Marriott International’s presence in Ghana, Kenya, Morocco and South Africa and mark the company’s entry into Mozambique. The signings put Marriott International on track to increase its portfolio by 50 percent with over 200 hotels and 38,000 rooms by 2023 estimated to generate 12,000 new job opportunities.” A statement from AHIF noted.
Marriott International is present in 21 countries on the African continent which include Algeria, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda and Zambia. The company is set to expand into new markets including Benin, Botswana, Ivory Coast, Mauritania, Mozambique and Senegal.
According to the W Hospitality Group Principal Trevor Ward, the unprecedented hotel expansion in Francophone Africa is a fascinating set of statistics which shows the true extent of growth in Francophone Africa.
“The larger groups are now clearly focusing on these regions, but at the same time smaller groups such as Azalaï and Mangalis are also making a significant mark. Until now there’s been relatively low penetration in Francophone Africa by the global players but under-supply and increasing demand are driving a development imperative for them.” He said.
Hilton is also on track to more than double its footprint in Africa as it opens Legend Hotel Lagos Airport, Curio Collection by Hilton.
As it continues to grow its presence in Africa by introducing new brands and entering new countries, Hilton announced it is on track to increase its presence in Africa by double in the next five years with the opening of Legend Hotel Lagos Airport, Curio Collection by Hilton – the company’s first Curio Collection by Hilton hotel in Africa.
Legend Hotel Lagos Airport is located at Murtala Muhammed International Airport, which serves more than eight million passengers each year. The stylish hotel is adjacent to the airport’s private jet terminal and has an exclusive immigrations and customs desk in the hotel for private jet passengers. Handpicked to be part of the exclusive collection of one-of-a-kind hotels and resorts celebrated for their individuality, the hotel joins more than 60 Curio Collection hotels around the world. This is Hilton’s first hotel in Lagos and it’s second in Nigeria, with an additional seven hotels in its development pipeline for the country.
There are 131 hotels and 23,139 rooms in the Francophone Africa hotel pipeline in 2018 – representing a 12.4 per cent increase on 2017. For all of Africa, the pipeline is 418 hotels and 76,322 rooms.
The top five groups in the Francophone Africa pipeline:
Marriott with 30% of the Francophone Africa pipeline (38 hotels, 7,055 rooms)
Accor with 11% of the Francophone Africa pipeline (15 hotels, 2,648 rooms)
Hilton with 9% of the Francophone Africa pipeline (10 hotels, 2,112 rooms)
Louvre with 8% of the Francophone Africa pipeline (11 hotels, 1,899 rooms)
Radisson Hotel Group with 7% of the Francophone Africa pipeline (9 hotels, 1,529 rooms)
By region, North Africa has 60% (73 hotels and 13,886 rooms) and West Africa 30% (43 hotels and 7,009 rooms) of the pipeline in the whole of Francophone Africa.
Among the big groups, expansion in Francophone Africa accounts for 40% of Marriott’s total Africa hotel pipeline. For AccorHotels, it accounts for 26%.
Matthew Weihs, Managing Director of Bench Events, which is also organising the new Forum de l’Investissement Hôtelier Africain (FIHA) in Marrakesh in February 2019, said: “What is particularly striking is the scale of commitment from Marriott; who have plans for more hotels and rooms in Francophone Africa than the next three major international chains put together. However, the time horizon of its development pipeline stretches further into the future than those of the other players, so it may not end up being quite as dominant as these data suggest.”
The W Hospitality Group analysis also reveals the plans of all the other global groups such as Hyatt and Kempinski, as well as providing details of the progress of pioneering regional groups such as Azalaï, Mangalis and Onomo.
Matthew Weihs concluded: “Whilst the establishment of new five-star deluxe properties, sporting globally-recognised branding will catch the eyes and the headlines, more money is likely to be made by astute operators who are looking to occupy the mid-market segment. This study will provide much-needed intelligence for developers, investors and local partners as development in Francophone Africa continues to grow.”