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AHIF, the premier hotel investment conference, is running parallel with AviaDev Africa on 4-6 October in Kigali, Rwanda.
ITP chairman Wolfgang M. Neumann, President and CEO of The Rezidor Hotel Group, will be participating and called for closer cooperation between the hotel and airline industries. The event brings together top-level international investors, business leaders, industry experts, government ministers and officials, from around the globe, providing a platform for airports, airlines, governments and tourism authorities to plan future air connectivity in Africa and to discuss those plans with the hospitality industry. They will also be able to discuss the main issues confronting economic growth in the region that have been recently compounded by the threat of terrorism and the outbreak of Ebola.
Matthew Weihs, Bench Events Managing Director, said, “Hosting these two co-ordinated events provides a unique opportunity for everyone involved in the aviation and hotel industries. We have some exceptional speakers, as well as plenty of opportunities for networking and forming mutually beneficial partnerships.”
The conferences take place at a time when data produced by the International Air Transport Association (‘IATA’) has predicted strong growth for Africa, which will include seven of the top ten fastest growing aviation markets.
Wolfgang M. Neumann said, “The success of airlines and hotels are inextricably linked. The two industries have worked closely together for decades and it’s important that this dialogue is maintained. We keep a close eye on what’s happening with new routes and flights as these are ultimately a reflection of consumer demand.”
Neumann said that Rezidor has seen a surge in growth in Africa “more than anywhere else in the world,” and added, “Scheduling a new airline route development conference alongside the Africa Hotel Investment Forum is a smart move and bound to attract more decision makers to shape the future of travel in Africa, and facilitate a meaningful discussion on the issues and opportunities in the region.”
Hotel development in the region is strong but needs to be carried out sustainably. Sessions at the event focusing on sustainability include:
Workshop: Business case for green buildings
A look at challenges and solutions for resource efficient buildings. What tools let owners and developers calculate ROI for green measures? What is the value of branding green and what financing structures can best capture this value? This interactive session will let you build a green building with the best payback period and analyze case studies for green finance from the World Bank Group experience. With Rusmir Music, Strategy Officer, Climate Business Group - IFC, World Business Group
Leveraging natural assets to build a lucrative and sustainable tourism industry
An interview on the conservation of Gorillas in Rwanda, and how the country built an industry around it. With Patrick Fitzgibbon, Senior Vice President Development, EMEA - Hilton Worldwide
In conversation with: Bonifence Byamukama, Chairman - East Africa Tourism Platform; Belise Kariza, Chief Tourism Officer - Rwanda Development Board; Jillian Miller, Executive Director - The Gorilla Organisation.
The Value of Responsible Business and Sustainable Buildings
From build to operation, how do sustainable energy, green building and corporate responsibility initiatives bring a competitive edge in the market? What is their impact on the financing of projects? How can environmental and social benefits also generate ROI? How can the industry contribute to the development of infrastructure to benefit the local economy? A look at the value of corporate responsibility from a business and community perspective. With Charlotte Specht, Senior Consultant - Horwath HTL in conversation with Marc Fily, Head of Hotel Development - Bouygues Construction; Inge Huijbrechts, Global Vice President Responsible Business - The Rezidor Hotel Group and member of ITP's Executive Committee; Rusmir Music, Strategy Officer, Climate Business Group - IFC, World Business Group.