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The Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) 2014, which took place in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia from 29th Sep. to 1st Oct. has provided the more than 500 participants who gathered from all over Africa from speed networking to in depth discussions on topics that matter to the hotel and tourism industry throughout the continent. Some of these topics included: what’s Africa’s future beyond growth?, what are the elements in creating the legislative framework for supporting the industry?, the Africa Hotel Investors’ cheat sheet – structuring the deal to mitigate the risk and architecture and design: looking at case studies of best practice. A range of other topics were also presented and debated by various high-caliber people from the industry both within and outside of Africa, too. But the discussion on conserving Africa’s tourism assets was a topic close to the heart of Matthew Weihs, the managing director of Bench Events, the organizing company. The first day of the forum has also hosted a debate on ‘focus on Ethiopia’, in which key personalities of the industry in Ethiopia participated to answer questions ranging from legislative issues to availability of finance.

Hilton Worldwide, one of the leading brands in the global hospitality industry, has unveiled a new modular Hilton Garden Inn building solution for upcoming African Projects. Senior executives of the global brand announced this today where they have gathered to participate in the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) 2014 to be officially opened tomorrow at the Sheraton Addis Ababa.

Jumeirah Group, the global luxury hotel company and a member of Dubai Holding, has appointed Aboudi Asali as Senior Vice President Development for the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region. Mr. Asali takes up the leadership of the MEASA development team from Cherif Hosny, who left the company in August 2014.