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Lagos Hotel Market

Is Lagos the hottest hotel development market in Africa? Look at the fundamentals: a city of...Read More
August 30, 2017

Hotel Chain Pipelines

Each year we collect information from the major international and regional (African) hotels chain, to find out...Read More
August 30, 2017

Business Evaluation

Assessing an investment in any business means looking at supply and demand – who wants to buy...Read More
June 30, 2017


Everyone seemed to have an opinion about how Uber wouldn’t work in Africa back in 2012. Four...Read More
October 30, 2016

Hotel Cycle

My mantra has always been “don’t generalise about Africa”, a continent of 54 sovereign states, each as...Read More
September 30, 2016

Serviced Apartments

For business and leisure travellers, serviced apartments hold a certain type of appeal, becausecompared to a “traditional”...Read More
March 30, 2016


As one of the smallest countries in Africa, both by size and population, it rarely features in...Read More
January 30, 2016

Shifting Sands

From west to east I was walking down a Nairobi street the other day, and a local...Read More
November 30, 2015


As evidenced by the record number of new hotel deals signed by the international and regional (African)...Read More
September 30, 2015

Opportunities For Local Providers To Hotels

Is there an article to be had on the opportunities for local providers to hotels? Interior decorators,...Read More
August 30, 2015

Hotel Design

Really, when you look at it, nothing much has changed in hotel design since – well, since...Read More
February 19, 2015

The MICE Market in Africa

One of the fastest growing sectors of the global tourism industry is that which goes by the...Read More
December 30, 2014

Africa Investor

 Many people know me as being extremely bullish about Africa – after all, I have livedand worked...Read More
October 30, 2014

Manageent Agreements

As far as I can tell, the agreements that owners sign with hotel management companies are unique...Read More
September 30, 2014

South Africa Tourism

So, does anyone know the answer?  Was the FIFA World Cup in South Africa a success, or...Read More
September 29, 2014


Ghana, one of Africa’s smaller countries, ranked 31st in terms of area and 12th in terms of...Read More
February 12, 2014

Top 7 Countries In Africa

There were several openings of branded hotels in sub-Saharan Africa in 2013, as the previous years’ efforts...Read More
January 30, 2014

Department Cost

Hotels are complicated animals, some developers say they are the most complicated type of building they have...Read More
November 30, 2013

Trends In Hotel Funding

As Africa’s economies grow, the demand for hotel accommodation is also growing apace – in those countries...Read More
June 30, 2013

Hotel Funds

For someone wanting to invest in the hotel industry in Africa, but who wants to mitigate their...Read More
March 30, 2013

Ways Of Maximising Returns From Your Hotel Investment

How to maximise the returns from your hotel investment Hotels are often seen as a necessary first...Read More
November 30, 2012

Hotel And Urban Regeneration

It is a universal truth that cities ebb and flow, enjoying good times and bad times.  Look...Read More
November 30, 2012

Lagos Hotel Market

  An Update on the Lagos Hotel Market Over the years, many observers and players have warned...Read More
September 30, 2012

The Art Of Hotel Valuation

As the number of branded hotels in Africa increases, so too does the probability that a hotel...Read More
July 30, 2012

Hunting Tourism

The hunting of animals and other creatures for sport, choosing individual “kills” or trophies, with exceptional physical...Read More
February 12, 2012


In sub-Saharan Africa, the casino industry is biggest in South Africa, where gaming giants such as Tsogo...Read More
December 30, 2011

North Africa

We watched the revolutions on television.  Night after night we were shown pictures of riots in the...Read More
November 30, 2011

Off The Beaten Track

Announcing a new hotel opening in Chad recently, Hilton stated that their ambition is to have a...Read More
September 30, 2011

The March Of The Chains

If you look at the world map, with all the little lights representing an international hotel chain...Read More
September 10, 2011

Conferences And Events

One of the mainstays of the hotel industry in Africa is hosting conferences and other events. The...Read More
June 30, 2011

Hotel Chain Pipelines

Each year the West Africa-based W Hospitality Group carries out a survey of the main hotel brands’...Read More
May 30, 2011


Being in a service industry, it will come as no surprise to learn that the payroll is...Read More
March 30, 2011

Building Systems

I saw a headline the other day on Huffington – “Super Efficient Crew Builds 15-Storey Chinese...Read More
January 29, 2011

Hotel Pricing

A recent survey says that Nairobi has some of the highest hotel room rates in the world. ...Read More
October 29, 2010


CASA – not just the Spanish word for “house”, but also an acronym for Conflict Affected States...Read More
June 29, 2010

Star Ratings

After 35 years in the hospitality industry, I still can’t tell you what a five star hotel...Read More
January 29, 2010

Investing For The Long-Term

Ed: This article aims to examine hotel supply and demand dynamics, advise that hotel markets are cyclical,...Read More
December 29, 2009

Tourism Investor

Countries fight over it, communities fight over it, and individuals fight over it.  The possession of land...Read More
November 20, 2009

Green Hotels

Search the web for “Green Hotels Africa”, and you’ll be surprised – at how few hotels there...Read More
September 12, 2009


Is Namibia Africa’s next tourism success story?  The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) certainly thinks so,...Read More
July 29, 2009

Management And Branding

I have written in previous editions of Ai Tourism Investor about the inroads that the regional and...Read More
March 29, 2009

Hotel Funding

HOTEL FUNDING IN TODAY’S ENVIRONMENT The causes and impact of the global financial crisis are on everyone’s...Read More
January 30, 2009


Having experienced several years of stagnation, Kenya’s tourism industry was on a veritable bull-run.  One million visitors...Read More
November 13, 2008

Grand Regency Hotel Nbo

Who would have thought it?  The government of Kenya is shaken to its core, the Finance Minister...Read More
September 29, 2008

Success Of Hotel Investment

How to make a success of hotel investment? In Djibouti, the 177 room Kempinski Hotel was built...Read More
July 8, 2008

How To Price An Investment Target?

Kenya’s government has been brought to a standstill and finance minister Amos Kimunya has been forced to...Read More
July 3, 2008

Oil And Diamonds Drive Angola

Oil and diamonds drive Angola’s economy, and both commodities are experiencing high prices, resulting in GDP growth...Read More
July 2, 2008


Long-dominated by the luxurious Sheraton Hotel, Addis Ababa is seeing a huge expansion in its hotel stock...Read More
March 29, 2008


It’s an exciting time to be in Africa, and 2008 is going to be even more fun!...Read More
January 29, 2008

Middle East Investment in Tanzania

Tanzania is one of Africa’s rising stars, with economic growth of a healthy 6 to 7 per...Read More
November 29, 2007

Hot spots for development in Africa

I wrote last month about the “march of the chains” – how for the first time the...Read More
July 29, 2007

Extended Stay Concept

I have been travelling around various African capitals in recent months, and it strikes me that, whilst...Read More
May 11, 2007

Equity Investors

I have written in previous editions about the interest that the international hotel chains are showing in...Read More
March 29, 2007

Design Factors

In today’s global village, there is increasing pressure for differentiation.  There was a time when hotel chains...Read More
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