Namibia’s President to Lead Africa Hospitality Investment Forum 2024

Namibia’s President To Lead Africa Hospitality Investment Forum 2024
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NAMIBIA’S PRESIDENT WILL HEADLINE AHIF 2024, SHOWCASING THE COUNTRY’S COMMITMENT TO TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY. THIS EVENT PROMISES TO BE A HUB FOR INDUSTRY INSIGHTS AND NETWORKING.

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Namibia’s President, H.E. Dr. Nangolo Mbumba, will headline the Africa Hospitality Investment Forum (AHIF) on June 25-27, 2024. The forum, known for being the most influential gathering of hospitality investors, business leaders, and government officials in Africa, will take place at the Mövenpick Hotel in Windhoek, Namibia.

AHIF typically welcomes delegates from over 50 countries. These delegates participate in three days of high-level networking, formal business meetings, and discussions on the latest industry trends. This year’s agenda covers crucial topics like Active Development Financial Institutions, Artificial Intelligence, and Authentic Leisure.

Additionally, attendees will explore Aviation Connectivity, Conservation, and Demographics. Discussions will also focus on Female Power, Government Initiatives, Hotel Development, and the Hotelification of Workspaces. Other key topics include International and Lifestyle Brands, Investing in Namibia, the New Global Geopolitical Order, and Optimal Capital Structures.

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Prominent speakers will share insights, including Namibia’s Environment, Forestry and Tourism Minister, Hon. Pohamba Penomwenyo Shifeta. Top executives like Artur Gerber, Managing Director of TUI Blue, and Olivier Granet, CEO of Kasada Capital Management, will also speak. These leaders can transform destinations by funding projects, creating jobs, and boosting international tourism.

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Nangula Uaandja, Chairperson and CEO of the Namibia Investment Promotion and Development Board, emphasized the significance of President Mbumba’s participation. She highlighted Namibia’s International Tourism Revival Initiative, which aims to create new tourism routes and expand product offerings. This includes establishing the Namibia Convention Bureau to promote the country as a MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions) destination.

Namibia’s Tourism and Investment Opportunities

Namibia’s tourism initiatives have opened unique investment opportunities. Uaandja expressed enthusiasm for showcasing these opportunities at AHIF 2024. She assured investors of seamless entry and a smooth landing in Namibia, highlighting the country’s attractiveness as an investment destination.

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Matthew Weihs, Founder of AHIF, praised Namibia’s commitment to the tourism and hospitality sector. He noted that President Mbumba’s presence signals Namibia’s value for international hospitality investors. This reinforces Namibia’s desire to create a thriving visitor economy.

The forum will feature various high-profile speakers. These include Michael Aldridge, Founder & CEO of KOFISI, and JS Anand, Founder & CEO of Leva Hotels. Other notable speakers are Ewan Cameron, Director of Africa at Westmont Hospitality, and Rahul Chaudhary, Managing Director of CG Corp Global & CG Hospitality Holdings.

Industry Leaders to Share Insights

Speakers also include Karim Cheltout, Regional Vice President at Marriott, and David Damiba, Co-Chief Executive Officer at Kasada Capital Management. Mark Dunford, CEO of Knight Frank, and Erwan Garnier, Senior Director at Radisson Hotel Group, will also participate. They will share valuable insights into the hospitality industry’s future.

Other notable participants are Naiara López Giner, Tourism Advisory Lead at Colliers, and Wayne Godwin, Co-CEO of JLL Africa. They will discuss emerging trends and investment strategies in the hospitality sector. Additionally, industry leaders like Bani Haddad, Managing Director of Aleph Hospitality, and Lullu Krugel, Partner at PwC South Africa, will provide their expertise.

AHIF’s agenda aims to foster discussions on sustainability, people, and resorts. The forum will address new ventures and the impact of the new global geopolitical order on hospitality. These topics are vital for understanding the future of the hospitality industry in Africa.

Final Words

Namibia’s hosting of AHIF and President Mbumba’s participation underscore the country’s dedication to advancing its tourism and hospitality sector. The forum promises to be a pivotal event for industry leaders, investors, and government officials, providing a platform for valuable networking and insightful discussions.

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