Africa Hotel Investment Forum

2021 – TBA


2021 – TBA

AHIF in Cape Town

24 April 2019

A half-day AHIF event in Cape Town will be held on 24 April alongside our aviation development conference AviaDev.  AHIF in Cape Town will look 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 will include keynote speeches with insights on macroeconomic drivers affecting the South African market as well as regional hotel performance and several panel discussions with senior industry professionals sharing their views on the current state of affairs.

The day will end with a joint reception with the participants of AviaDev, in an aim to continue the discussion and coordination between hospitality and aviation on the continent.  

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

AHIF Briefing Agenda

13:00 - 13:50

Registration and Networking Lunch

13:50 - 14:00

Introduction & Welcome Remarks

Matthew Weihs
Managing Director, Bench Events

14:00 - 14:40

Macroeconomic Overview: Africa & South Africa 2019

An overview of the current global, regional and domestic economic and political drivers influencing Sub-Saharan and South Africa.

Daniel Silke
Director, Political Futures Consultancy

14:40 - 15:00

Hotel Performance Update

A review of key hotel performance indicators in South Africa, within the global contex

Maryke Dreyer
Business Development Manager - South Africa, STR

15:00 - 15:45

The Investors’ Panel

A discussion on investor sentiment – what are the main hurdles and opportunities for investors in the region? A look at some of the current disruptors in the investment space.

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

In conversation with:

Joe Bester
Private Equity Portfolio Manager, Fairtree Capital

James Nathan
Investment and Asset Manager, Hospitality Property Fund

Lasse Ristolainen
Director - Development, Westmont Hospitality Group

15:45 - 16:00

One-on-one Interview with Olivier Granet

A conversation with the leader of one of the largest hospitality-dedicated funds on their plans for Sub-Saharan Africa.

Mark Dunford
Head - East Africa, JLL

In conversation with:

Olivier Granet
Chief Executive Officer, Kasada Capital Management

16:00 - 16:45

The Operators' Panel

Where are operators focusing their development efforts? How does South Africa fit into their wider strategy for the continent? 

Wayne Troughton
Chief Executive Officer, HTI Consulting

In conversation with:

Michael Devereux
Senior Director Development Sub-Saharan Africa & Indian Ocean, Hilton

Boela du Plooy
Senior Director Lodging Development Africa, Marriott International

Kim Irmler
Development Director Sub-Saharan Africa, Accor

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

16:45 - 17:30

The Government Perspective

Hear from government representatives on their plans and initiatives to help facilitate investment into the country and the City of Cape Town. How they are supporting the local tourism industry?

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

In conversation with:

Ilse Van Schalkwyk
Chief Director: Economic Sector Support, Department of Economic Development and Tourism, Western Cape Government

Cornelis van der Waal
Chief Research Officer, Wesgro

Dr Theuns Vivian
Head: Tourism Promotion, Enterprise and Investment, City of Cape Town

18:00 - 21:00

Networking Reception

A joint networking reception with our Aviation Development Conference delegates. Coaches will be leaving Century City at 18:00, going to the ExecuJet Hangar just outside Cape Town International Airport for an exclusive evening of networking. Coaches will return to Century City from 21:00 onwards.

Speakers for AHIF Cape Town


The Cape Town briefing will take place at the

Century City Conference Centre

No. 4 Energy Lane, Century City,

Cape Town, 7446,

South Africa

Phone+27 21 204 8000

Embracing the principles of new urbanism, Century City is a 250ha mixed-use development in Cape Town combining office, retail, residential and leisure components in an integrated, stimulating and aesthetically pleasing urban environment.

Century City answers the needs and demands of the 21st Century and has become a sought-after address for corporate South Africa and home to a growing and thriving residential community.

Official Carrier

We are delighted to offer discounted rates through Ethiopian Airlines

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We are delighted to offer discounted rates through Kenya Airways to include a 15% discount in Business Class as well as a 12% discount on all services in Economy Class

Please purchase tickets online and use the following Promocode: AVIAD19 to obtain the relevant discounts.