7th May 2019
Eye on West Africa

Our ‘Pipeline’ report has just been published, showing a total pipeline of 401 new hotels due to open between 2019 and 2026, with just over 75,000 rooms. Of those, 110 deals were signed in 2018 and the first couple of months of 2019, accounting for 18,651 rooms.

3rd April 2019
Eye on West Africa

Do you really want a robot to deliver your room service order? There have been a couple of reports recently about hotels in Asia and their experiences with robot staff, both positive and negative

28th November 2018
Hotel Furniture
The chairs in the lobby, the front desk, the tables in the restaurant, and what goes on top of them (plates, glasses, silverware etc.), and in the bedroom of course there’s the bed, and the sheets and towels, and so on. In the industry, we call it Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment (FF&E) and Operating Supplies [...]
7th March 2018
Putting the ‘P’ Back into Tourism

  7 Key Areas for People Management in the Hospitality Industry in Africa   One of the major challenges we face in our industry is human capital development, particularly here in Africa. Imagine my delight at being invited to a workshop on Sustainable Tourism in Africa to reconsider employment and human capacity development for our […]

9th November 2017
The Diminishing Impact of Terrorism

Terrorism is an unfortunate “fact of life” that has plagued society throughout the whole of the last two millennia. In recent years an increasing number of attacks, across a wider part of the world, have led to a changing dynamic in relation to the impact of such attacks. In this research paper David Harper, Head […]

29th March 2008

Long-dominated by the luxurious Sheraton Hotel, Addis Ababa is seeing a huge expansion in its hotel stock currently, with at least 1,250 mid-market to upscale new rooms actually under construction, and a further 800 to 1,000 in the planning stages.  The Sheraton, and the other branded hotel, the somewhat aged Hilton, are likely to be […]

29th November 2007
Middle East Investment in Tanzania

Tanzania is one of Africa’s rising stars, with economic growth of a healthy 6 to 7 per cent, and a working democracy.  Tourism is one of the main drivers of the economy, and the country benefits from its “twin” product of safari and beaches.  Both, in my opinion, are the best in East Africa, with […]

11th July 2007
Design Factors

In today’s global village, there is increasing pressure for differentiation. There was a time when hotel chains prided themselves on the uniformity of their properties – “anywhere in the world, you’ll know that you’re in one of our hotels” – sure, but where in the world am I!

11th May 2007
Extended Stay Concept

I have been travelling around various African capitals in recent months, and it strikes me that, whilst most developers are talking about constructing new 5 star hotels, they seem to be missing an opportunity in the market, that is the extended-stay hotel.

10th March 2007
Equity Investor

I have written in previous editions about the interest that the international hotel chains are showing in Africa, seeking to expand their network in the face of increasing demand for hotel accommodation and other services.

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