Hotel Brands: What They Are Looking For In Africa

Africa Hotel Investment Forum

Africa Hotel Investment Forum 2019 

The Africa Hotel Investment Forum will discuss with leading regional and international hotel brands on what their criteria is in assessing new projects on the continent. The panelists will also share what they look for from local partners and what they bring to the table. Further discussion into what business models they are considering will provide an insight into different brands approach to development in Africa.

The discussion will be moderated by:


Filippo Sona

Managing Director – Global Hospitality

Drees & Sommer

For the regional brands, panelists include:

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Mohamed Awadalla

Chief Executive Officer

TIME Hotels

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Hasnain Noorani

Founder & Group Managing Director

Pride Group


Jameel Verjee

Founder & CEO

CityBlue Hotels (Diar Group)

And for the international brands, panelists include:

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Jerome Briet

Chief Development Officer, Middle East & Africa

Marriott International

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Mike Collini

Vice President Development Sub-Saharan Africa



Andrew McLachlan

Senior Vice President, Development

Sub-Saharan Africa

Radisson Hotel Group




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