AviaDev Heads To The Treasure Island of Madagascar
AviaDev has firmly established itself as the leading air service development conference in Africa, uniting airlines, airports and tourism authorities to meet and discuss increasing connectivity to, from and within the continent. AviaDev has confirmed it will take place in Antananarivo, Madagascar, 6-8th May 2020 for its fifth edition with the support of its host Ravinala Airports, Antananarivo and Nosy Be Airports.
The 2019 event attracted participation from 27 Countries and is committed to retaining its Africa-centric focus. Since inception, AviaDev has been the catalyst for partnerships including notably a new route operated from July 2019 by Mango connecting Lanseria International Airport, Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth and also the Kigali-Harare-Cape Town route that has been served by RwandAir since May 2018.
Patrick Collard, CEO of Ravinala Airports, said: “I am delighted that we have brought Africa’s highest-profile aviation event to Madagascar. Ravinala Airports supports Madagascar’s medium-term ambition to host 500 000 tourists until 2023. AviaDev will be a key driver for this goal and will showcase the route development opportunity for Madagascar. The establishment of open skies will further enable Madagascar to welcome guests from all over the world, boosting the economic, social and cultural development for the country.”
Jon Howell, Managing Director AviaDev said, “Madagascar is the perfect location to host AviaDev Africa. As one of the world’s largest Islands, air access is the key to achieving the ambitious tourism arrival targets, creating jobs and opportunities locally and stimulating the whole economy. The new airport facility is world-class, this coupled with the hotel projects that are near completion will put Madagascar on the map as a business tourism destination. AviaDev is delighted to partner with Ravinala Airports to showcase the vast opportunities that exist for partner airlines and airports and deliver a forum that will ultimately advance Africa’s connectivity.”
The AviaDev agenda is developed in partnership with an esteemed advisory board including: Ato Girma Wake, former CEO of Ethiopian Airlines; Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Thome, Publisher, ATC News; Charmaine Thome, General Manager, Aviareps Southern Africa; Johan Pauwels, Regional Vice President Airline Business Group, Africa and France, Hahn Air Lines GmbH; Refilwe Ledwaba, Executive Director, Women and Aviation; Gad Wavomba, Director, Embraer; Marcel Langeslag, Project Manager, NACO, Netherlands Airport Consultants; David King, Project Manager at WESGRO, Cape Town Air Access; Dikko Nwachukwu, Chairman, jetWest Partners Ltd; and Zoe Rajohnson, Commercial and Marketing Director, Ravinala Airports.
AviaDev will once again facilitate pre-arranged one-to-one meetings during the event alongside key networking activities to ensure the maximum output from the event. Registration for AviaDev Africa is now open at www.aviationdevelop.com
Now in its 5th year, AviaDev Africa is the only dedicated air service development event for Africa. It is organized by Bench Events (www.benchevents.com), which is known for producing the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) and several other top-level hotel conferences around the world.
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About Bench Events
Global event organizer Bench Events has a long track record of delivering multiple premium hotel investment conferences and forums across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
Market-leading annual conferences include the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC) in Dubai, the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) the new Asia Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference (AHTIC), The Summit in London and the Latin American Hotel & Tourism Investment Conferences (SAHIC).
Bench Events’ extensive portfolio also includes the Global Restaurant Investment Forum (GRIF) in Dubai and AviaDev, designed to promote the future air connectivity in Africa. Bench Events’ mission is enabling prosperity by facilitating growth, networking, and thought leadership in the hospitality industry worldwide. www.benchevents.com