Africa Hotel Investment Forum

October 2019 – Africa

AHIF

October 2019 – Africa

Speaker Profile

Andrew McLachlan

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

Andrew is a 48-year-old South African national based in Cape Town with 28 years’ experience in the hotel industry. A respected African hotel deal-maker with more than 100 deals in 32 countries, Andrew is passionate about developing great hotels & resorts engineered to be relevant to both guests and owners.

Andrew leads a team of experienced hotel developers with the responsibility to grow the company's dynamic portfolio of hotels and brands across sub-Saharan Africa.  

Andrew's career in the hotel industry started in 1990 before being formally enrolled in an in-house Hotel Management programme with Protea Hotels. In 1994 he won the Hotel Graduate of the Year Award in South Africa and held various management positions and by 1997 he proudly took over the challenging task of a hotel General Manager at a Protea Hotel in Johannesburg. In 1999, he moved on to the position of Protea Hotels Group Brand Communications Manager and in 2002 set his foot into the hotel development world as Protea Hotels Special Projects Manager.  

In December 2006, Andrew joined Radisson Hotel Group as Director Business Development and was promoted to Senior Director and Vice President and thereafter Senior Vice President Development in May 2016. He established the group's presence in the region through a dedicated development office in Cape Town and is now spearheading Radisson Hotel Group’s growth strategies in this important emerging market.  

The Radisson Hotel Group has doubled the number of rooms in operation in the region over the past four years opening a new hotel every 60 days and signing a new hotel deal every 40 days.

According to the 2018 W Hospitality Pipeline Report, Radisson Blu brand leads the way with the largest number of hotels under construction in Africa.

In his spare time, Andrew enjoys mountain-biking and spending quality time with his wife and two sons.