At its Global Summit in Kigali today, the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), in collaboration with VFS Global, revealed that the African Travel & Tourism sector could add US$168BN to the continent’s economy and create over 18 million new jobs.
UNWTO General Assembly endorses growing presence on the ground: Regional offices in Americas and Africa on the way
The commitment of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) to moving closer to its Members and being on the ground in every region has been further demonstrated through confirmed plans for two new Regional Offices.
The Conference on Rethinking Africa: Rethinking Tourism for Africa: Addressing global challenges; Promoting investment and partnerships brought expert African perspectives to global challenges, highlighting the need of investments towards a greener tourism sector and access to finance within the sector and the need to further strengthen public-private collaboration at every level.
Marriott International continues expansion of Protea Hotels by Marriott with five new deal signings in Africa
From the Africa Hospitality Investment Forum in Nairobi, Marriott International announced five deal signings in Africa under its Protea Hotels by Marriott brand. The signed projects reinforce the company’s commitment to expanding its presence across the continent and highlight the demand for the Protea Hotels by Marriott brand.
Radisson Hotel Group continues its ambitious growth in Africa with the signing of seven new hotels, adding over 1,400 rooms to its African portfolio. The new hotels expand the Group’s brands, spanning from upscale to premium luxury lifestyle with a new market entry in Gambia and the introduction of new brands in key markets with the first Radisson Collection in Nigeria and Egypt, the first Radisson RED hotel in Nigeria, and the introduction of the Radisson brand in Kenya.
Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced today that affiliates of Hyatt and ALDAU Development have entered into a franchise agreement to bring the full-service lifestyle brand, Hyatt Centric, to Egypt, with Hyatt Centric Cairo West.
Radisson Hotel Group, one of the fastest-growing hotel companies in Africa, plans to strengthen its robust African presence in 2023 further with the opening of eight new hotel already confirmed to date. The Group aims to reach 150 hotels within the next five years across the continent, reinforcing Africa as a key growth market.
When it comes to hotel development across Africa, Egypt and Marriott are the two phenomena to watch. This insight comes from this year’s African Hotel Chain Development Pipeline report, widely acknowledged as the industry’s most authoritative source, documenting and analysing the number of hotels being planned and built across the continent.
Accor, the region’s largest international hotel operator, has introduced its new Commercial organisation and executive committee, with Kerry Healy taking the lead as Chief Commercial Officer for Premium, Midscale & Economy brands in the Middle East, Africa, Turkey & Asia Pacific.
IDeaS Revenue Solutions, the world’s leading provider of automated revenue management software and services, announced today that Michael McCartan has joined the company as area vice president for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) effective March 2, 2023. McCartan will drive the company’s growth and expansion in one of the hotel industry’s most strategic regions.
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