Hospitality Industry Convergence: AHIF 2023 Takes Place In Nairobi This June
The highly anticipated Africa Hospitality Investment Forum (AHIF) has announced its agenda, showcasing a diverse range of influential hospitality investors and industry leaders who will be sharing their expertise at the event. Set to take place in the vibrant city of Nairobi, Kenya, AHIF will bring together hotel owners, top executives, government officials, bankers, consultants, and industry experts from over 50 countries to discuss the pressing issues impacting hotel development across the continent.
Prominent figures such as Olivier Granet, Managing Partner & CEO of Kasada Capital Management; Alyshia Mangalji, VP of Europe & Africa at Westmont Hospitality Group; and Rahul Chaudhary, Managing Director of CG Corp Global, are among the esteemed lineup of speakers. These individuals, alongside many others, will lead discussions on a wide range of topics crucial to the growth and sustainability of Africa’s hospitality industry.
The agenda boasts an impressive array of subjects, including examining global risks and their influence on Africa’s hospitality sector, achieving net-zero targets, implementing environmental, social, and governance (ESG) strategies, securing access to capital, navigating hotel development challenges and opportunities, and determining hotel financing criteria. The forum will also explore successful tourism entrepreneurship, operational excellence, the significance of human skills, emerging market dynamics, alternative accommodation trends, and the future of hospitality investment in Africa.
Distinguished speakers at AHIF include Hon. Peninah Malonza OGW, Cabinet Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism & Wildlife in Kenya; Haitham Mattar, MD MEA & SW Asia at IHG Hotels & Resorts; Peter Greenberg, Travel Editor at CBS News; Rajan Datar, Host of BBC Travel Show & BBC World News; Pat Thaker from the Economist Intelligence Unit; Thomas Mundy, Head of Capital Markets Strategy & Research EMEA at JLL; Jameel Verjee, Founder & CEO of CityBlue Hotels; Catherine Hendry, Principal: Property Finance Africa at Nedbank; Srividya Jagannathan, Manager Consumer and Social Services at the International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group; and Vimbai Masiyiwa, CEO of Batoka Hospitality Group.
Matthew Weighs, the managing director of AHIF, expressed his appreciation for the exceptional speaker line-up, acknowledging their expertise and unique perspectives that will undoubtedly foster enlightening discussions on the key issues shaping the African hospitality industry.
As the AHIF approaches, industry professionals and stakeholders eagerly anticipate the valuable insights and networking opportunities that will arise from this prestigious event. With its influential speakers and diverse agenda, AHIF is poised to drive positive change and inspire future developments in Africa’s flourishing hospitality landscape.
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