VIMBAYI MASIYIWA, THE DAUGHTER OF ZIMBABWEAN BILLIONAIRE STRIVE MASIYIWA, TO SPEAK AT THE 2023 AFRICA HOSPITALITY INVESTMENT FORUM. FORUM UNITES HOSPITALITY INVESTORS AND EXECUTIVES TO FOSTER GROWTH IN AFRICA’S TOURISM AND HOTEL INDUSTRY.
Zimbabwean billionaire daughter, who is also batoka hospitality group chief executive officer, Ms Vimbayi Masiyiwa, will headline africa’s top hospitality event, the africa hospitality investment forum in kenya.
Other than, Masiyiea, some of Africa’s most prominent hospitality leaders and investors will convene in Rwanda this June for the annual Africa Hospitality Investment Forum (AHIF). The AHIF is the continent’s leading hospitality investment conference, providing a platform for industry executives, investors, government officials, and other stakeholders to network, forge partnerships, and discuss strategies for sustaining growth within Africa’s hospitality sector.
The 2023 AHIF will be held from June 12 to 14 in Kigali, Rwanda. With an agenda featuring influential speakers, networking opportunities, and discussions on pressing issues facing hotel development in Africa, the conference aims to drive further investment across the region’s hospitality industry.
Masiyiwa participation comes at an opportune time, as Zimbabwe and other African nations look to revive tourism and hospitality following the devastating impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Zimbabwe, in particular, has identified tourism and hospitality as crucial sectors for achieving its goal of becoming an upper middle-income economy by 2030.
According to projections from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), global travel is expected to rebound significantly now that most pandemic-related restrictions have been lifted. Zimbabwe and other destinations in Africa stand to benefit from this upturn in tourism. The upcoming election season in Zimbabwe is also anticipated to boost the country’s hospitality sector.
In addition to Masiyiwa, the AHIF speaker lineup features several of the largest hospitality investors in Africa, including Olivier Granet, Managing Partner and CEO of Kasada Capital Management; Alyshia Mangalji, Vice President of Europe and Africa for Westmont Hospitality Group; and Rahul Chaudhary, Managing Director of CG Corp Global. The participation of these and other prominent hotel owners and executives is expected to draw leading hospitality CEOs, government officials, bankers, consultants, and industry experts from more than 50 countries across Africa and beyond.
The AHIF program will cover a wide range of critical issues affecting hospitality in Africa, from managing environmental and social governance (ESG) strategies to accessing capital, operational challenges, emerging market dynamics, the latest industry trends, and the future of hotel investment on the continent.
The event will also feature AviaDev Real Estate, an airport investment conference running concurrently with the final day of AHIF. AviaDev will provide a platform for owners and operators of African airports to connect with potential partners and investors to develop their airport infrastructure. Discussions and presentations will focus on successful airport real estate projects, including opportunities within hospitality, retail, cargo, warehousing, and other sectors.
“We are honored to have brought together such an outstanding group of speakers for this year’s Africa Hospitality Investment Forum,” said Matthew Weihs, Managing Director of event host The Bench. “Their expertise and unique insights are sure to spur thought-provoking discussions around the critical issues shaping hospitality in Africa.”
The 2023 AHIF conference promises to be a premier gathering of hospitality leaders invested in supporting the sustainable growth of Africa’s tourism and hotel sector. By facilitating key connections and conversations around investment, the event aims to drive development opportunities and strengthen the hospitality industry across the entire continent.