Radisson Hotel Group to double its West and Central Africa portfolio by 2025

AFRICA – Radisson Hotel Group, one of the world’s leading hotel companies, has identified West & Central Africa as key markets in its African development strategy, growing its portfolio from one hotel in 2008 to the current portfolio of 25 hotels in operation and under development. With its robust expansion strategy, the Group is on track to cement its leadership and double its portfolio to 50 hotels by 2025. Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, West & Central Africa remains a strategic territory for Radisson Hotel Group’s expansion. In 2020, the Group was able…

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Esports platform GBarena raises six-figure pre-Series A funding

EGYPT – The Cairo-based e-sports and tournaments platform GBarena has successfully raised six figures in its latest funding round led by key angel investors Ahmed Aboudoma, Kushal Shah, and HIM Angels VC network.  Founded in 2016 backed by Cairo’s AUC Vlab, the fast-growing esports and tournaments platform Gbarena set forth to create an online gaming community connecting gamers with tournaments organizers and providing organizers with a platform where they can manage and organize their own tournaments seamless through fully automated processes. Gbarena’s revenue-generating opportunity lies in the intricacy of its…

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Ghanaian Roberta Annan launches US$115m fund for fashion entrepreneur in Africa

GHANA – Ghanaian businesswoman and entrepreneur Roberta Annan launched a €100 million (US$115.59m) fund to channel investment into small and medium African creative and fashion enterprises in Africa. The Impact Fund for African Creatives (IFFAC) will award grants of up to €50,000 (US$57,793) to selected projects to accelerate development of the continent’s creative sector. The fund was launched during Paris Fashion week and was attended by fashion industry experts. The Africa Investment Forum, a flagship initiative of the African Development Bank, aims to channel investment into Africa. Annan, who also…

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YouTube appoints Addy Awofisayo as Head of Music, Sub-Saharan Africa

SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA –  YouTube has announced the appointment of Addy Awofisayo as Head of Music, Sub-Saharan Africa for YouTube and YouTube Music. Addy will be in charge of YouTube Music’s business and partnership teams in Sub-Saharan Africa, and she will report to the Head of Music, YouTube EMEA. Addy Awofisayo, incoming Head of Music, Sub-Saharan Africa said: “Music is a powerful medium of expression and a tool that exports African cultures to the world’s stages. I am excited about my new role and the opportunities that are available to creators and…

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Radisson Hotel Group announces a record year in Africa with 13 signings

AFRICA – Radisson Hotel Group, one of the world’s leading hotel groups, has announced a hotel expansion record in Africa with 13 signings to date, translating to a new hotel signed every 20 days. The Group’s expansion drive, adding 2,500 rooms to its African portfolio, includes the announcement of nine hotels in Morocco, the Group’s debut in Djibouti and the introduction of the Radisson Individuals brand in Africa.  Adding to this expansion milestone, the Group has also opened five hotels to date in 2021, including Africa’s second Radisson RED in South Africa and four Radisson Blu resort…

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Accor expands luxury footprint in Sub-Saharan Africa with Fairmont in Djibouti

DJIBOUTI – Accor, a world augmented hospitality group with over 400 hotels across India, Middle East, Africa and Turkey, is adding a new flagship property to its portfolio in Africa with Fairmont Djibouti. Set to open in 2024, the hotel will feature 155 rooms and 10 serviced apartments, with five food and beverage outlets combined with 1,398 sqm of Meetings & Events facilities. Located in Djibouti City, the capital of Djibouti and one of the country’s most affluent areas, the property will be strategically located by the beach in Plateau…

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Hospitality group Accor announces plans for Fairmont Djibouti

DJIBOUTI – Accor, a globally renowned hospitality group, is including a brand-new flagship property to its portfolio in Africa with Fairmont Djibouti. Set to open in 2024, the resort will function 155 rooms and ten serviced residences, with 5 meals and beverage retailers mixed with 1,398 sqm of occasions amenities. Situated in Djibouti Metropolis, the capital of Djibouti and one of many nations’ most prosperous areas, the property can be strategically positioned by the seaside in Plateau Du Serpent providing its guests handy proximity to the port of Djibouti. As…

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Sheraton Hotels unveils new vision at Sheraton Djibouti

DJIBOUTI – Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, part of Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of 30 extraordinary brands, has unveiled newly transformed spaces at Sheraton Djibouti. The 185-room hotel is the first Sheraton in Africa to bring to life the brand’s new vision of its guest experience and showcases signature elements from the new concept following a multi-million-dollar investment by Constellation Hospitality Group.  The reimagined spaces aim to create an environment where guests can feel comfortable and at ease, whether working, meeting, or relaxing. Drawing on its roots as a community hub for locals and guests at flagship…

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Kempinski Hotels appoints three Area General Managers for MEA region

AFRICA – After restructuring its Middle East & Africa region, Kempinski Hotels has appointed three seasoned hoteliers as Area General Managers to oversee a number of the group‘s luxurious hotels at the same time as keeping the responsibility for their own hotels as general managers. Sébastien Mariette, the new Area General Manager Levant started his journey with Kempinski in 2007 and occupied several leadership roles within various parts of the world including Cluster General Manager at the Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea and Kempinski Hotel Aqaba in Jordan, Managing Director at The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore as…

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Beauty startup Glamera launches B2B management system for beauty businesses

EGYPT – Glamera, a beauty service booking platform, has launched a new Business to Business (B2B) product that helps customers with beauty salon, gyms and spas, management. Launched in September 2019, Glamera allows users to book appointments with hundreds of contracted providers covering all beauty sections, including salons, clinics, spa, gym, and dental. Co-founders Mohamed Hassan, Omar Fathy and Zafer Al Shehri, sees as a potential game-changer in a local industry that has been crying out for easy-to-use, automated management systems. The startup has tens of thousands of users and…

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