Waldorf Astoria and Canopy by Hilton to debut in Seychelles in 2023

SEYCHELLES – Hilton Hotels & Resort has announced the signing of management agreements to bring its iconic luxury brand, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, as well as lifestyle brand, Canopy by Hilton, to the Seychelles.  The properties are scheduled to open in 2023 and will build upon an already impressive Hilton portfolio on the Indian Ocean archipelago, in addition to the soon-to-be-opened Mango House Seychelles, LXR Hotels & Resorts.  “The Seychelles remains unquestionably one of the world’s most desirable destinations for the discerning traveller.  We are proud of the role…

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Hotel chains grow in Africa despite COVID-19

AFRICA —Africa’s tourism sector has suffered in the face of the coronavirus but the world’s biggest hotel chains remain committed to the continent. Major hotel chains, from Marriott International  to Radisson Hotel Group and Paris-based Accor, Europe’s largest hotel company, say their African businesses are not only holding up, they are determined to stay on track with, if not grow, their footprints. The companies see sub-Saharan Africa as underserved and underdeveloped in terms of hotels and predict that demand for both business and leisure travel will grow once the pandemic abates. “I haven’t…

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Hotel development in Africa to be affected by COVID-19 – report

AFRICA – The Covid-19 pandemic will impact the development of new hotel properties in Africa, reveals a new survey by the W Hospitality Group – shattering the dreams of Africa’s hotel industry. According to the survey, the African hotel development had returned to growth at the start of 2020, with more than 78,000 rooms in 408 hotels in the pipeline. “The growth of the chains’ presence in Africa has been a very positive story since we started this analysis in 2009. It is quite clear from the numbers that the…

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Opportunities in investing in Africa’s hotel industry substantially outweigh the threats, says Philippe Doizelet

AFRICA – Today, Africa is seen as one of the most promising regions for hotel developers. Aside from small chains and independents, four global hotel groups dominate signings and openings on the continent. Over the last four rolling quarters, as of September 2019, Accor, Hilton, Marriott International and Radisson Hotel Group have opened 2,800 rooms and signed deals for 6,600 rooms. Across Africa, hotel development remains important in most advanced economies, such as Morocco and South Africa; and projects are multiplying in East Africa, especially in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and…

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Africa’s Hospitality industry set to attract 700 New Hotel Restaurants and Bars by 2025

AFRICA – A new study released at the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) by KEANE, forecasts that 700 new internationally branded hotel restaurants and bars will be opened in Africa by 2025. The prediction is based on KEANE’s research into 410 F&B venues across the 100 internationally branded hotels in the major 10 cities in Africa and W Hospitality Group’s authoritative hotel development pipeline report. “Over the last 70 years, the restaurant market internationally has been built on three factors; growing towns and cities, broad distribution of income and a…

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Hilton hotels reaches 100 hotel milestone in Africa

AFRICA – Hilton hotels and Resorts have reached the 100 hotels milestone after the signing of Hampton by Hilton Sandton Grayston, a deal which marks the first for the brand on the African continent in its centenary year. A franchise agreement was signed with Afrirent Pty through its Indalo Hotels & Leisure subsidiary, a level one Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) third party operating company. Patrick Fitzgibbon, Hilton Senior Vice President, Development, Europe, Middle East & Africa said; “With this being our 100th year, reaching the milestone of 100 hotels allows…

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