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November 9, 2017

An Eye on West Africa

It was such a pleasure to stay in the new Fraser Suites hotel in Abuja recently.It had...Read More
October 12, 2017

Hotel development in Nigeria

There’s a new kid on the block in Lagos!  The George, a 62-room boutique hotel, opened in...Read More
June 29, 2017

A Delegates Guide To Mice Events In West Africa

MICE Events in West Africa: A Delegate’s Guide Observe any airport lounge in Lagos, Accra, Abidjan or...Read More
June 29, 2017

Hr In Nigeria

The future of service standards in the tourism, hospitality and leisure in Nigeria If you’ve travelled to...Read More
May 29, 2017

There are some interesting stirrings in the West African hotel industry

Whilst the Nigerian economy, which dominates the region (and the continent) continues to experience no or negative...Read More
May 29, 2017

Aviation In West Africa

What goes up, must come down, and in West Africa that applies not only to planes, but...Read More
March 29, 2017

Environmental Responsibility

Have you ever felt slightly guilty about leaving that half-used bar of soap for the housekeeper to...Read More
February 28, 2017

Three To Watch In West Africa

Living in West Africa is, as I’ve written before, a bit of a rollercoaster ride! Up, down,...Read More
January 29, 2017

Hotel Brands

A Proliferation of Hotel Brands! Once upon a time there was Hilton and Sheraton and Marriott.  We...Read More
June 29, 2016

Attack On a Hotel In Africa

There has been yet another attack on a hotel in Africa, this time in Mogadishu – again....Read More
June 29, 2016

Nigeria Today

Everybody has an opinion about Nigeria, don’t they?  An opinion based on one of three things –...Read More
May 29, 2016

Sidebar – Comment

Arriving on an international flight at Lagos airport can be a real test of one’s patience. Grin...Read More
May 29, 2016

Hotel Opening Delays In Africa

Eye on West Africa I have to say that getting new hotels open in Africa is so...Read More
April 24, 2016

Eye on West Africa

It is so exciting!  Hard Rock has chosen Lagos as its second city in sub-Saharan Africa to...Read More
March 29, 2016

Hotel Investment In Africa

I attended a hotel investment conference last week in Abu Dhabi.  Focused primarily on the Gulf and...Read More
February 29, 2016

Budget Hotels

It’s no secret that hotels in West Africa are seen as being expensive, particularly if you are...Read More
January 29, 2016

Dilemma Of Lagos

Lagos, Nigeria.  Two words that evoke polarized emotions!  Some people who have lived here for decades think...Read More
December 29, 2015

Sierra Leone

At long last, Sierra Leone has been officially declared as Ebola-free, with no new cases for 42...Read More
November 29, 2015


The international anhotel chains signed a record 79 deals for new hotels in 2014, and there are...Read More
October 29, 2015

Visa Rant

There’s been a lot in the news recently about the new visa regime implemented by South Africa,...Read More
September 29, 2015

Hotel Industry Comparison Between Nigeria And Angola

You might think that travelling between Africa’s two largest oil producers, Nigeria and Angola, would be a...Read More
June 29, 2015

Nigeria and the UK have long had many things in common

Nigeria and the UK have long had many things in common, and this year there’s a new...Read More
May 29, 2015

Extended Stayx

In my travels around the capital cities of Africa, it strikes me that, whilst many developers are...Read More
March 29, 2015

West Africa Wins Again!

In the hotel development stakes, West Africa is once again the winner!  Our 2015 Hotel Chain Development...Read More
March 29, 2015

Growing Pains In Lagos

The hotel industry in Lagos is experiencing some quite extraordinary “growing pains” right now. A bit of...Read More
February 13, 2015

Airport Hotels

BT Jan 2015 Travel around Europe and you’ll find that virtually every major and small town airport...Read More
January 29, 2015

Views From West Africa

There’s only one real news item in West Africa right now, and that’s the impact of the...Read More
October 29, 2014


I remember many years ago when the experts predicted that video conferencing and other technology spelt the...Read More
September 29, 2014

Economy Benefit Of Abuja To The Hotel Industry

International travellers to Nigeria often return home with their “war stories” regarding the urban jungle of Lagos,...Read More
September 29, 2014

Environmental Impact On Travellers

Travel used to be really exciting, didn’t it?  Especially travel by air – going to the airport,...Read More
September 29, 2014

Activities Of Hotel Chains In Africa

We recently launched our 6th annual survey of what the international hotel chains are doing in Africa...Read More
May 29, 2014

Lagos Hotel Prices

For over ten years now, I’ve heard stories about oversupply in the Lagos market, because of “all...Read More
April 29, 2014

Hotels As A Contributing Factor To Economic Growth

Economic growth is all about creating jobs.  The demographic dividend in sub-Saharan Africa, where the population under...Read More
March 29, 2014

Hotel Lobbies

In many West African capitals, the hotels are the social centres and business hubs of the city. ...Read More
February 11, 2014

Business Traveller

Trevor Ward, Managing Director, W Hospitality Group, Lagos The international press seems to have latched on...Read More
February 5, 2014

Leisure Tourism West Africa

Research from the World Travel & Tourism Council tells us that the global Travel and Tourism Industry...Read More
November 29, 2013

Retail And Hotels

September and October have been my personal conference season this year – first the Africa Property Investment...Read More
October 29, 2013

Fortune Telling

A client recently asked me what my crystal ball said about the future of the Nigerian hospitality...Read More
September 29, 2013

Hotel Staff

I was at a presentation at the Wavecrest College in Lagos recently.  Wavecrest specialises in the hospitality...Read More
September 29, 2013


I have been in Abuja several times over the past month, looking at proposed new hotel projects...Read More
September 17, 2013

Vexed About Visas

If Africa is to realise its potential, much needs to be done.  Not least, there needs to...Read More
August 29, 2013


By the time you read this, the brand new Lagos InterContinental Hotel should have opened.  With almost...Read More
June 29, 2013


I was in Accra a couple of times recently, after an absence of about six months.  Boy,...Read More
May 12, 2013

Star Ratings

There was a time, before the mobile phone, the internet and blogs, when hotels used to put...Read More
April 29, 2013

Lagos Rocks

It is so exciting!  Hard Rock has chosen Lagos as its second city in sub-Saharan Africa to...Read More
March 29, 2013

Investment Conferences and 2013 Pipeline

I’m just back from the International Hotel Investment Forum, held every year in Berlin, just before ITB. ...Read More
March 29, 2013

Restaurants in lagos

I drove (my goodness, two words in and I’ve lied already!  I don’t drive anymore around Lagos,...Read More
February 28, 2013

If I see one more hotel claiming that it is offering

If I see one more hotel claiming that it is offering “hospitality redefined”, I shall scream.  Probably,...Read More
January 29, 2013

Hotel Businesses In Africa

The City’s Airport Recommended Business Hotels General impressions or tips with regards to travelling on business in...Read More
November 29, 2012

Fast Growning Brands In Africa

Rather curious, methinks, that the country with the largest hotel industry in Africa, and with the largest...Read More
November 29, 2012

Hiccups In Lagos Hotels

Ever complained about Lagos hotel prices?  A lot of people do!  A standard room is going to...Read More
September 29, 2012

Hotel Prices In Africa

I commented last month about the high prices in Lagos hotels, and the reasons for that –...Read More
September 29, 2012

Travelling around Nigeria has never been a simple task

Travelling around Nigeria has never been a simple task, but since the tragic crash of a Dana...Read More
September 29, 2012