Wyndham Hotel Group Appoints Daniel Ruff to Lead EMEA and Indian Ocean Regions

Daniel Ruff
PRESS RELEASE PARSIPPANY, N.J. (Oct. 21, 2014) – Wyndham Hotel Group, the world’s largest hotel company with approximately 7,540 hotels and part of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN), today announced the appointment of Daniel Ruff as president and managing director of the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Indian Ocean regions. In this role, effective November 12, 2014, Ruff will...

Hospitality business in the making

Hilton
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – Back in the days of the emperors, Addis Ababa was able to host the first ever Etege Taitu Hotel, named after Empress Taitu, the wife of Emperor Menelik II. It opened doors some 116 years ago. The establishment of Taitu Hotel gave the capital a new face. A face of hospitality at least for the royal circle. Members of royal family and ranking inner circles of the emperor...

Carlson Rezidor announces first Radisson Blu hotels in Uganda & Ghana and further strengthens leading position in Africa

Radisson Blu Hotel, Kampala (Photo: rezidor.com)
Press Release Carlson Rezidor, one of the largest and most dynamic hotel groups worldwide, extends their African network and adds two new countries to their growing portfolio: Uganda and Ghana. The Radisson Blu Hotel, Kampala – Carlson Rezidor’s first property in Uganda – will feature 195 keys. It will be located in Kampala’s prime business district and open in Q4 2016. The Radisson Blu Hotel...

Q & A with General Manager of Hilton Addis Ababa Haakon Gaarder-Larsen

Haakon Gaarder-larsen, General Manager of Hilton Addis (Photo: Tadias.com)
Haakon Gaarder-Larsen, General Manager of Hilton Addis (Photo: Tadias.com) New York (TADIAS) – Hilton Addis Ababa first opened its doors in 1969 with an inaugural ceremony for the ages — led by Emperor Haile Selassie who helped celebrate the launch of the hotel by hosting international dignitaries and diplomats while using the special occasion to introduce international hospitality to Ethiopia....

Nations rallying to host hotels forum next year

Yonas Moges
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - During its four-year presence in Africa, Bench Events, an event organizing company based in London, added the African Hotels Investment Forum (AHIF) to its long list of event organizing resume. The forum, which was held in Addis Ababa this year, attracted as many as 500 participants, who are considered to be decisive for the hospitality industry in the continent. Following...

Major hotel brands strike deals with local investors

AHIF Ethiopia
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - The hospitality industry here is shifting gears with some six major international hotel brand operators sealing deals with local investors. The pack of big players were present in the capital to attend the African Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) which was held at the Sheraton Addis from Monday through Wednesday. On Tuesday, the UK-based Wyndham Hotel Group, which operates seven...

Hosting the big faces of the hospitality industry

David Tarsh
This week Addis Ababa successfully hosted a major forum that focused on the hospitality industry. The three-day event organized by the UK-based Bench Events, turned out to be one of the biggest forums hosted in Africa. The number of participants grew to more than 500 and the global brands that sponsored the event this year reached 37. The event, which was held for the first time in Addis Ababa,...

Africa is still the “Go To” Place for Hotel Investors

HICA
Press Release South Africa, Pretoria, 29 September 2014: “Africa remains the ‘go to’ place in the world, in as far as hotel investment and growth is concerned – and it will be for some time to come” says one of South Africa’s leading economists and Chief Economist for Investment Solutions, Chris Hart. Addressing delegates at the recent Hotel Investment Conference Africa (HICA), which was...

New Signings and Modular Room See Hilton Worldwide Set the Pace in Africa

Expected to open in Q2 2017; Hilton Garden Inn Abuja Airport is the first property to be constructed in the vicinity of the airport some 36 kilometers from the center of Abuja. The hotel will offer 425 square metres of events space, a health club, as well as lounge, bar and grill restaurant. Credit: Hilton Garden Inn.
- New fast build development unveiled for Hilton Garden Inn – – Latest Hilton Garden Inn projects announced for Owerri and Abuja Airport in Nigeria – Expected to open in Q2 2017; Hilton Garden Inn Abuja Airport is the first property to be constructed in the vicinity of the airport some 36 kilometers from the center of Abuja. The hotel will offer 425 square metres of events space,...

Athlete Haile Gebrselassie Shares Experience in Hotel Investment

Haile AHIF
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – Highlights of the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) 2014, which concludes today, included a breakfast conversation with the Olympic Gold medalist and hotel investor Haile Gebreselassie.   Haile discussed what it has taken for him to succeed and why he has chosen to put some of his hard earned money in to the hospitality sector. He will also share his view on Ethiopia’s...