Africa Hotel Investment Forum

October 2019 – Africa


October 2019 – Africa

AHIF in Cape Town

13 June 2018

A one day AHIF event in Cape Town was held on 13 June alongside our aviation development conference AviaDev.  AHIF in Cape Town looked at the South African markets, how the dynamics differ from Sub Saharan Africa and the opportunities and challenges this region of Africa presents.

The day included keynote speeches with insights on macroeconomic drivers affecting the South African market as well as regional travel and tourism trends and several panel discussions of senior industry professionals sharing their views on the current state of affairs.

There was also a joint reception in the evening with the participants of AviaDev with a view of continuing the discussion and coordination between hospitality and aviation.  

Register now for the VIP pass which includes access to AHIF in Cape Town and Nairobi 

AHIF Briefing Agenda

18:00 - 20:00


Join us for a parade down St George's Mall around the corner from the Southern Sun Cape Sun Hotel for a musical procession with the Cape Town Minstrels.


To the opening networking reception at The Reserve, Taj Hotels Cape Town.


09:00 - 13:00

AVIADEV CONFERENCE: Southern Sun Cape Sun - Wednesday 13 June

OPTIONAL: AHIF delegates are welcome to join the opening plenary discussions at AviaDev taking place at the Southern Sun Cape Sun.  To view the AviaDev agenda click here 

13:00 - 14:00

Networking lunch at InvestSA Centre

14:00 - 14:10

Introduction & Welcome Remarks

Matthew Weihs
Managing Director, Bench Events

14:10 - 15:00

Africa & South Africa 2018: Head or tail-winds in a tough global environment?

An overview of the current global, regional and domestic economic and political drivers influencing Sub-Saharan and South Africa as the continent balances increasing global political risk with positive domestic promise.

Daniel Silke
Director, Political Futures Consultancy

15:00 - 15:30

Travel & Tourism Trends in South Africa

David Nyamasvisva
Senior Business Development Executive, Euromonitor

15:30 - 16:00

Investing in South Africa

Where are the key opportunities in the South African market? Where are we in the investment cycle? What is the government doing to support local and international investors?

Wayne Godwin
Vice President, Hotels & Hospitality Group, Sub-Saharan Africa, JLL

Johnny Hansen
Regional Director - Southern Africa, IFU

Amb. Sadick Jaffer
Chief Director - Investment Promotion, InvestSA

Christopher Jannou
Founder, The Urban Hotel Group

Jonty Sacks
Partner, Jaltech

16:00 - 16:45

Regional Hotel Pipeline

Where are operators focusing their development efforts? What is driving growth in the pipeline in this more mature African market? 

Graham Wood
Managing Partner, PMR Hospitality

Mike Collini
Vice President Development Sub-Saharan Africa, Hilton

Carl Haller
New Business Development Manager, Mantis Collection

Volker Heiden
Area Vice President, Marriott International

Andrew McLachlan
Senior Vice President, Development, Sub-Saharan Africa, Radisson Hotel Group

16:45 - 17:15

Cape Town Developments

Hear from local developers on new projects and initiatives coming in and how they will shape the local real estate space.

Wayne Troughton
Chief Executive Officer, HTI Consulting

Martin Kearns
Development Executive, V&A Waterfront

David Marais
Consultant, City of Cape Town

Nicholas Stopforth
Managing Director, Amdec Property Developments

18:00 - 21:00

Networking Dinner at Gold Restaurant

GOLD is a unique African restaurant in the heart of Cape Town. A set 14 course Cape Malay and African menu is a taste safari that will transport you from Table Mountain to Timbuktu. This culinary experience is accompanied by unique interactive traditional entertainment.

Network alongside the AviaDev delegates


Speakers for AHIF Cape Town


The venue will be the InvestSA One Stop Shop in Cape Town.  InvestSA is a division of the South African Department of Trade and industry (the dti), providing a One-Stop-Shop service to investors.  It provides investment promotion, facilitation and aftercare, which is geared at fast tracking projects and reducing government red tape.