The celebrities of lodge improvement in Africa are Egypt, Nigeria, Morocco and Ethiopia, in response to the 11thannual survey by W Hospitality Group, acknowledged because the trade’s most authoritative supply.The 4 international locations head the highest ten by numbers of rooms within the internationally-branded lodge improvement pipeline, with Egypt displaying 15,158 rooms in 51 new resorts.A complete of 75,155 branded rooms in 401 resorts are in improvement throughout the entire of Africa – a web improve (ignoring current openings and taking in to account offers that haven’t come to fruition) of virtually 11,000 rooms within the pipeline, 17% up on 2018.W Hospitality Group’s Lodge Chain Improvement Pipelines in Africa survey had a document 43 worldwide and regional lodge contributors this 12 months, protecting 54 international locations in north and sub-Saharan Africa, and the Indian Ocean islands.The highest-line figures present that in North Africa the rooms pipeline is up 2.3% on 2018, and down 3.8% in sub-Saharan Africa – largely on account of a number of of the chains “cleansing” their pipelines, deleting offers that they consider aren’t going to occur. These cleansing changes quantity to greater than 12,000 rooms in 74 resorts.However, regardless of this important adjustment, there was development of 51% within the complete pipeline rooms since 2015 – North Africa up by 58%, and sub-Saharan Africa up by 47%.This 12 months, the highest ten international locations account for 69% of the overall resorts within the survey, and 74% of the rooms.Full particulars will likely be revealed and mentioned on the Africa Lodge Funding Discussion board (AHIF) in Addis Ababa, September 23 – 25 2019, organised by Bench Occasions. It’s the main convention of its form in Africa, connecting enterprise leaders and fuelling funding in tourism initiatives, infrastructure and lodge improvement throughout the continent.
Trevor Ward, Managing Director, W Hospitality Group stated: “Egypt has by far the most important variety of rooms within the pipeline this 12 months, nearly double the quantity in Nigeria, which is in second place. There was big exercise by the chains in Egypt, with over 2,000 new rooms signed there in 2017, and an additional 4,500 in 2018, of which 1,850 had been signed by Radisson. Accor has no fewer than 16 offers with 6,363 resorts in Egypt, boosted by new manufacturers from its acquisitions, together with Mövenpick and Fairmont.”
He continued: “It is attention-grabbing that there has additionally been lots of exercise in a few of Africa’s international locations, akin to Niger and Zambia. In Niamey (Niger), the place there’s at present no branded lodge provide, there aren’t any fewer than 5 resorts within the pipeline, and in Lusaka (Zambia), the chains signed 11 offers in 2018 and early 2019, taking the overall pipeline there to 15 resorts with nearly 1,900 rooms.”
The pipeline in Nigeria has fallen by 17 per cent in contrast with 2018, with just a few openings, together with Hilton’s first Curio Lodge in Africa, the Legend Lodge in Lagos. The drop is due predominantly to a “cleansing out” of 11 offers comprising 2,100 rooms, and a discount in exercise usually because of the financial downturn.
Ethiopia, in fourth place, has seen one other improve in pipeline offers, up from 31 resorts in 2018, signed by worldwide chains akin to Accor and Hilton, in addition to by regional chains akin to aha and Latitude. Finest Western and IHG every signed two resorts in 2018. The vast majority of these offers, 27 resorts with 84 per cent of complete rooms, are in Addis Ababa. In Trevor’s opinion, “They be a part of a mess of half-built unbranded resorts, resulting in fears of oversupply. However the probability of all these offers delivering new resorts, branded and unbranded, could be very low, decreasing the capability threat.”
As final 12 months, 4 of the 5 North African international locations are within the high 10 by variety of deliberate rooms, with Morocco, in third place, recording a rise of 17.2 per cent on final 12 months. There, 14 offers comprising 2,423 rooms had been signed in 2018. These embrace Onomo’s portfolio cope with Cantor Lodge Group (six resorts with 740 rooms) and Six Senses’ first offers in Africa, as they develop a sequence of Kasbahs. Unsurprisingly, owing to the political state of affairs, there aren’t any new offers being signed in Libya, the place some earlier initiatives have been cancelled.
Wanting on the high ten cities, Cairo, with over 8,000 rooms in improvement and Addis Ababa, with over 5,000, have a transparent lead. They’re adopted by Lagos (the chief for a number of earlier years) after which Nairobi, Algiers, Abuja, Dakar, Abijan, Lusaka and Marrakech, the final two within the high ten for the primary time.

Egypt just isn’t solely the nation with probably the most internationally-branded resorts in improvement, it additionally has probably the most internationally-branded properties already operated by the contributors, 108 resorts with 35,711 rooms between them. The international locations which rank subsequent, by way of branded lodge rooms already working are South Africa with 24,048, Morocco with 12,498 after which Tunisia, Nigeria and Algeria, all with simply over 5,000. Kenya has over 4,000 branded rooms and it’s adopted by Ghana, Tanzania and Cape Verde, every with simply over 2,000. On the different finish of the checklist, there are 4 international locations with no internationally-branded resorts and none within the improvement pipeline; they’re Central African Republic, Eritrea, The Gambia and Somalia.
Within the battle of the manufacturers, Accor is the strongest pipeline participant in Africa with greater than 27,000 rooms unfold throughout 162 resorts. It’s adopted by Marriott with over 23,000 rooms in 135 resorts. Nonetheless, if each full their present improvement pipelines with no additional additions, they may stand neck and neck with simply over 40,000 rooms every working in Africa. Hilton is in third place, Radisson fourth and IHG fifth, after which, there’s a substantial hole between the large 5 and different worldwide chains.
Jonathan Worsley, Chairman of Bench Occasions, which organises AHIF, stated: “Yearly, W Hospitality Group’s report will get greater and higher, reflecting the sturdy long-term funding within the trade. I’m struck by the saying “to develop in Africa, it’s a must to be in Africa”, and I notice that the highest 4 lodge chains by way of rooms, i.e. Marriott, Accor, Hilton and Radisson, which characterize nearly 70 per cent of the overall pipeline, all have well-resourced improvement places of work on the continent.”
* Present Resorts/Rooms figures are just for the chains contributing to the survey
About W Hospitality Group
The W Hospitality Group, a member of Lodge Companions Africa, specialises within the provision of advisory companies to the lodge, tourism and leisure industries, offering a full vary of companies to shoppers who’ve investments within the sector, or who want to enter them by means of improvement, acquisition or different means. In sub-Saharan Africa the W Hospitality Group is considered the market chief because of the market and monetary experience of its workers, its worldwide information, and its dedication to its shoppers. In Africa, W Hospitality Group has so far labored in 39 international locations on the continent, from its Lagos and Addis Ababa places of work.
In regards to the Africa Lodge Funding Discussion board (AHIF)
AHIF is the premier lodge funding convention in Africa, attracting many distinguished worldwide lodge homeowners, buyers, financiers, administration firms and their advisers. It’s organised by Bench Occasions (, who has a protracted monitor document of delivering a number of premium lodge funding conferences and boards throughout Europe, the Center East, Africa, Asia and Latin America. Bench Occasions’ mission is enabling prosperity by facilitating development, networking, and thought management within the hospitality trade
Sponsors of AHIF are: Platinum Sponsors: Accor, Hilton, Marriott Worldwide and Radisson Lodge Group; Gold Sponsors: Aleph Hospitality, Calibra Hospitality Consultancy and Enterprise Group, Cabo Worldwide Companions, Citymax Resorts, Drawlink; Drees & Sommer, Grant Thornton, Lodge Companions Africa, Insignia, IHG, JLL, Munich RE, PrideInn, STR, Stuart and Companions and TIME Resorts.

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About Bench Occasions
International occasion organiser Bench Occasions has a protracted monitor document of delivering a number of premium lodge funding conferences and boards throughout Europe, the Center East, Africa, Asia and Latin America. Market main annual conferences embrace the Arabian Lodge Funding Convention (AHIC) in Dubai, now in its 13th 12 months, the Africa Lodge Funding Discussion board (AHIF) the brand new Asia Lodge and Tourism Funding Convention (AHTIC), The Summit in London and the Latin American Lodge & Tourism Funding Conferences (SAHIC). Bench Occasions” in depth portfolio additionally contains the International Restaurant Funding Discussion board (GRIF) in Dubai and AviaDev, designed to advertise the long run air connectivity in Africa. Bench Occasions” mission is enabling prosperity by facilitating development, networking, and thought management within the hospitality trade worldwide.