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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.

Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) Podcast Bench Events

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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.

    Ep 66: Rishabh Thapar, Director at HVS Middle East and Africa

    Ep 66: Rishabh Thapar, Director at HVS Middle East and Africa

    Rishabh Thapar, Director at HVS Middle East and Africa, specializes in hotel realty development in emerging markets. With 15 years of experience across operations, development, pre-opening, and consulting, he has worked in diverse hotel markets in over 30 countries. He has undertaken individual and portfolio valuations, operator searches and management contract negotiations, market studies, strategic and transaction advisory for some of the leading hotel companies.
    Listen to Rishab in this insightful podcast as he talks about the emerging trends of conservation & climate awareness in the African hospitality sector. Hie gives an indepth analysis on how hotel chains have hotel chains have shifted their focus in favor of engaging the local community. He also highlights key leisure investment opportunities in East & South Africa.

    • 17 min
    Ep 65 : Rahul Chaudhary, Managing Director & CEO, CG Corp Global & CG Hospitality Holdings

    Ep 65 : Rahul Chaudhary, Managing Director & CEO, CG Corp Global & CG Hospitality Holdings

    CG Corp is a multinational conglomerate with  150+ hotels in 12 different countries. The group has a strong presence in East Africa and is constanly looking to expand into other parts of the contient. 
    Listen to Rahul Chaudhary, Managing Director & CEO of CG Corp Global as he discusses his strategy for Africa and outlines the four key pre-requisites that must be present in any country while looking to invest. Rahul also outlines the challenges that need to be addressed in facilitatiing international investment in Africa. 

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    Ep 64: Trevor Ward, Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

    Ep 64: Trevor Ward, Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

    The annual W Hospitality Pipeline Report covers the 54 countries in Africa, comprising North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean islands and provides consistent, reliable and comparable data on the development pipeline activity of the hotel chains who are operating in Africa, and those who are seeking to enter the continent for the first time.
    Listen to Trevor Ward, Managing Director of W Hospitality Group as he talks in length about the report findings and gives insights on the developments in the hospitality sector in Africa. 

    • 21 min
    Ep 62: Ramsay Rankoussi, Vice President of Development for Africa and Turkey, Radisson

    Ep 62: Ramsay Rankoussi, Vice President of Development for Africa and Turkey, Radisson

    Announcing that the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) is, after a two year break with COVID, planning on bringing the investment community back to Sub-Saharan Africa Matthew Weihs, Managing Director or the Bench, spoke to Ramsay Rankoussi Vice President of Africa and Turkey at Radisson Hotel Group. We asked him about the past year which has been a successful one for the operator and what his expectations of the market in the coming 12 months, what changes to strategy they have had since COVID and where they will be focusing for future development.

    • 12 min
    Ep 63: Mark Willis, CEO of Turkey, India, Middle East and Africa at Accor

    Ep 63: Mark Willis, CEO of Turkey, India, Middle East and Africa at Accor

    In this AHIF podcast we spoke with Mark Willis, CEO of Turkey, India, Middle East and Africa at Accor. Sharing his new year’s resolutions with us we also took the time to look back at 2021 and the learnings taken from this turbulent period as well as exploring where he sees opportunities in the MEA region.

    • 13 min
    Ep 61: Fabio Nava Vice President of Capital Markets at JLL's Hotels & Hospitality Group Sub-Saharan Africa

    Ep 61: Fabio Nava Vice President of Capital Markets at JLL's Hotels & Hospitality Group Sub-Saharan Africa

    In this podcast we spoke to Fabio Nava VP of Capital Markets at JLL’s Hotels and Hospitality Group to understand the findings from the Annual Spotlight on Africa report they’ve recently published.  We explored how the pandemic has impacted the market and discussed the future opportunities for investment. 

    • 12 min

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