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 […]

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

Radisson Blu Hotel, Kampala (Photo: 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 […]

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

Haakon Gaarder-larsen, General Manager of Hilton Addis (Photo: 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. “From that early significant […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 – ADDIS ABABA (Ethiopia) and McLean, VA. – 30 September 2014 – Hilton Worldwide today announced the signing of agreements to open a further two Hilton Garden Inn hotels in Nigeria, […]

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 […]

Best Western International Inc., announces BEST WESTERN PLUS Abyssinia and BEST WESTERN Noah Hotels in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Best Western Plus Hotel (photo: John Duffy Design Group) Press Release Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – Best Western International Inc, along with Great Abyssinia Plc and Noah Real Estate Plc announce the development of two Best Western branded hotels in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  The BEST WESTERN PLUS and BEST WESTERN branded hotels, are planned to be opened in 2015 and 2016 respectively. These properties will […]
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