Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) Podcast

Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) Podcast

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Ep 1: An Introduction to Rwanda with Matthew Weihs


Ep 03: Alexis Janoray Vice President, Head of Development Africa, Accor
Nov 13 • 16 min
Premier podcast de la série du Forum de l’Investissement Hôtelier Africain 2020 avec Alexis Janoray, Chef de développement pour l’Afrique chez le Groupe AccorHotels; le commanditaire principal de cet évènement annuel. Une perspective sur les…
Ep 49: Karl de Lacy Director, International Hotel Services, Best Western Hotel Group
Sep 17 • 12 min
How the recent acquisition of WorldHotels brand has added value to Best Western Hotels
Ep 48: Rick Taylor, CEO, The Business Tourism Company
Sep 4 • 21 min
Rick Taylor, the Founder of Business Tourism Company spoke to us about his organisation as one specialising in destination development, branding and tourism marketing strategies in emerging markets. We focus on some of the work they have done in…
Ep 47: Cyril Jacob, Managing Director, Ascentis Group
Aug 26 • 11 min
In this podcast, we speak to Cyril Jacob, Managing Director at Ascentis, an engineering and project management organisation. We explore the similarities between the work he’s done in Asia and Africa; what the current challenges are for his…
Ep 46: Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard, Founder & Chairman, APO Group
Aug 19 • 44 min
This podcast with Nicolas looks at the changing role of media in Africa. We discuss the investment into the sector and the impact this is having on local media, discuss the impact this will have and explore the role of media portraying the continent. We…
Ep 45: Jameel Verjee, Founder & CEO, CityBlue Hotels
Jul 22 • 13 min
Jameel Verjee, Founder & CEO, CityBlue Hotels
Ep 44: How commercial and DFI banks view financing, requirements for banks and cross border lending
Jul 9 • 22 min
Fabio Nava, Vice President of Capital Markets, JLL (Hotels and Hospitality) & Wayne Godwin, Head of Hotel Advisory in Sub-Saharan Africa, JLL
Ep 41: James Stuart, Founder of Stuart & Partners
May 27 • 15 min
In this Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) podcast, we speak to the Founder of Stuart & Partners, James Stuart about his work in the African hospitality market. Working closely with local independent hoteliers and helping them develop their own…
Ep 43: African Hotel Performance Data from Q1 2019
May 20 • 8 min
Thomas Emanuel, Director, STR
Ep 42: The 2019 Hotel Chain Development Pipelines in Africa with Trevor Ward
May 9 • 17 min
Trevor Ward, Managing Director, W Hospitality Group
Special Feature: Panos Loupasis, Vice President of Development, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts
Apr 18 • 12 min
Panos Loupasis, Vice President of Development, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts
Ep 40: South African markets from a growth perspective
Mar 26 • 12 min
Daniel Silke, Director, Political Futures Consultancy
Ep 01: Maria Zarraluqui, Vice President of Global Development, Melia Hotels International
Jan 16 • 7 min
In this podcast, with Maria Zarraluqui, the Vice President of Global Development for Melia Hotels International, we talked about the recent successes of Melia in the MENA region and the plans for the development of their brands in key markets.
Ep 02: Erwan Garnier Director, Development, Sub-Saharan Africa, Radisson Hotel Group
Dec 5, 2018 • 11 min
Erwan Garnier, Director, Radisson Hotel Group talks about the operator’s growth plans in Francophone Africa, why it has such an important significance to their overall 5 year plans and the specific challenges faced when doing developments in…
Ep 39: Jean Perrochon, Commercial Director, Bench Events
Nov 27, 2018 • 8 min
A new addition to the Bench Events family to drive the company’s ambitions in Africa and the Middle East. Jean Perrochon brings with him valuable insight having worked closely with the investment community in the city of London and spent over 20…
Ep 01: Thomas Emanuel, Director of Business Development, STR
Nov 25, 2018 • 10 min
In this podcast, Thomas Emanuel, Director of Business Development at STR, gives a quick update on the African market. He presents some of the recent findings shared at the AHIF event in Kenya and then, with the recent launch of the FIHA – Forum de…
Ep 38: Hon. Najib Balala, EGH, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Tourism & Wildlife, Government of Kenya
Nov 12, 2018 • 5 min
In this podcast, we speak to Hon. Najib Balala, EGH, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Tourism & Wildlife, Government of Kenya. He explains how the government is supporting tourism and hospitality investments in Kenya.
Ep 37: Rene Laks, Managing Director South Africa at Solarus Sunpower
Oct 9, 2018 • 12 min
In this podcast, we speak to our new sponsors Solarus Sunpower’s Managing Director for Sub Saharan Africa, René Laks. Solarus Sunpower are supporting the AHIF debate on Efficient Building Investment and we asked René what, to date, have been the successes…
Ep 36: Daniel Silke, Director of Political Futures Consultancy
Sep 27, 2018 • 7 min
Daniel Silke, Director of Political Futures Consultancy and AHIF’s Keynote speaker this year is always special to listen to and, in this podcast, we explore how the current world economic situation is influencing Africa. This podcast explores how…
Ep 35: Amos Wekesa Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Great Lakes Safaris
Sep 24, 2018 • 9 min
Amos Wekesa, Founder and CEO of Great Lakes Safaris spoke to us about his business and the goals for it. As a true entrepreneur of the tourism industry what he felt the potential is for the leisure market in Africa and how he, as an influencer,…
Ep 34: Bani Haddad - Founder & Managing Director at Aleph Hospitality
Sep 20, 2018 • 12 min
In this podcast, we talked to Bani Haddad, Founder and Managing Director of Aleph Hospitality about his journey to setting up his 3-year-old business and why he has concentrated his efforts into the African market. We also asked Bani to talk us…
Ep 33: Nick van Marken, Industry Executive
Sep 17, 2018 • 10 min
Nick Van Marken, former global head of hospitality for Deloitte, is one of the hotel investment industries most well-known faces. He is currently doing independent work across Africa and, in this podcast, we asked him about what has been keeping him…
Ep 32: David Harper, Head of Property Services at Hotel Partners Africa
Sep 5, 2018 • 9 min
David Harper, Head of Property Services at Hotel Partners Africa shares his take on the African market and the Ethiopian business potential. Hotel Partners Africa operates in 50 African countries and 175 countries globally. In this podcast, David also…
Ep 31: Wayne Godwin, Vice President, Hotels & Hospitality Group, Sub-Saharan Africa, JLL
Aug 15, 2018 • 9 min
The impact of African market fundamentals on Investor’s sentiment
Ep. 30: Kamil Abdul-Karim, MD Pam Golding Hospitality
Aug 8, 2018 • 20 min
The effect that political change has had on hotel demand in Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa
Ep. 29 - Trevor Ward, Managing Director of W Hospitality Group
Jun 21, 2018 • 9 min
Pipelines & Progress
Ep. 28: Trevor Ward, Managing Director at W Hospitality
May 15, 2017 • 5 min
Managing Director at W Hospitality, Trevor Ward, speaks with Bench Events UK MD Matthew Weihs giving an overview of the Hotel Chain Development Pipelines in Africa Report which is in it’s 9th year. Speaking on the importance of the…
Ep. 27: Saleh Said, Director of Pennyroyal Gibraltar Limited
Jan 8, 2017 • 11 min
Bench Events Managing Director, Matthew Weihs talks to Saleh Said, Director of Pennyroyal Gibraltar Limited.
Ep. 26: Elie Younes, Executive Vice President, the Rezidor Hotel Group
Sep 19, 2016 • 5 min
In this podcast Bench Events Managing Director, Matthew Weihs talks to Elie Younes, Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer of the Rezidor Hotel Group.
Ep. 25: Manish Shrivastava, Co-founder, Travel Commerce Solutions
Sep 12, 2016 • 7 min
Jon Howell, Aviation Specialist at Bench events, recently met with Manish Shrivastava, Co-founder, Travel Commerce Solutions.
Ep. 24: Patrick Fitzgibbon, SVP Development EMEA, Hilton
Sep 12, 2016 • 8 min
Patrick Fitzgibbon, Senior Vice President, Development EMEA has a quick chat with Bench Events Managing Director Matthew Weihs.
Ep. 23: Mark Martinovic, CEO At Hotel Spec
Jun 7, 2016 • 5 min
In this podcast Bench Events Managing Director, Matthew Weihs talks to Mark Martinovic, CEO at Hotel Spec.
Ep. 22: Mark Dunford, Vice President, Sub - Saharan Africa At JLL
Jun 7, 2016 • 7 min
In this podcast Bench Events Managing Director, Matthew Weihs talks to Mark Dunford, Vice President of Sub-Saharan Africa at JLL.
Ep. 21: Ahmed Aly, CEO of Nile Air
May 5, 2016 • 5 min
During a recent trip to Cairo, Egypt, Jon Howell, Aviation development manager, gets some time with Ahmed Aly, CEO of Nile Air.
Ep. 20: Trevor Ward, Managing Director at W Hospitality
May 4, 2016 • 10 min
Managing Director at W Hospitality, Trevor Ward, speaks with Bench Events UK MD Matthew Weihs on the eve before the release of the 8th hotel chain development pipeline report.
Ep. 19: Rui Santos, Executive Director at Tourism Development Corporation of Boavista and Maio Islands
May 4, 2016 • 6 min
Bench Events Event Coordinator, Joelle Mottier, talks with the Executive Director at the Tourism Development Corporation Of Boavista and Majo, Rui Santos, discussing foreign investment and the challenges faced by Cape Verde.
Ep. 18: Lamine Sebogo, Head of Elephant Conservation, WWF
Nov 28, 2015 • 11 min
Lamine Sebogo is Head of the Elephant Conservation program for the WWF. Sitting down with Bench Events CEO, Jonathan Worsley, at the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) 2015 in Addis Ababa.
Ep. 17: Jon Howell, Aviation Specialist, Bench Events
Nov 25, 2015 • 8 min
Jon Howell gives a very quick summary of the state of African aviation. Hear more about the “yamoussoukro decision” - a declaration intended to open up the African market. There has been much resistance from the market, which Jon details.
Ep. 16: Mario Fulgoni, CEO, Air Djibouti
Nov 25, 2015 • 6 min
Bench Events aviation specialist Jon Howell speaks with Mario Fulgoni about how, as CEO of Cardiff Aviation, he got involved with the national carrier of Djibouti and what part Iron Maiden played..?
Ep. 15: Jonathan Hubbard, Head of Investor Services EMA, JLL
Nov 25, 2015 • 6 min
Bench Events UK MD Matthew Weihs talks to Jonathan Hubbard about how Africa may be the “next big story” as the world economy moves away from a period of difficulty.
Ep. 14: Valentina Zeisler, VP, DEG Development Bank
Nov 25, 2015 • 10 min
Valentina Zeisler speaks with Bench Events UK MD, Matthew Weihs, on the exciting opportunity as the national park shared by Zimbabwe, Angola, Botswana, Namibia and Zambia opens its borders.
Ep. 13: Wayne Troughton, CEO, HTI Consulting
Nov 25, 2015 • 7 min
Mr Troughton talks about the considerable changes to the investment landscape in Africa, with Bench Events UK MD, Matthew Weihs.
Ep. 12: Frank Murangwe, Head of MICE, Rwandan Development Board
Nov 25, 2015 • 8 min
Frank Murangwe, Head of Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) for the Rwandan Development Board (RDB) talks to Bench Events UK Managing Director Matthew Weihs.
Ep. 11: Walter Mzembi, Minister of Tourism for Zimbabwe
Sep 11, 2015 • 5 min
Walter Mzembi, Minister of Tourism for Zimbabwe, sits with Matthew Weihs, Managing Director of Bench Events at the Brand Africa Conference in Accra, Ghana.
Ep. 10: Alain St. Ange, Minister of Tourism and Culture for the Seychelles
Sep 11, 2015 • 8 min
Alain St. Ange, Minister of Tourism and Culture for the Seychelles, together with Matthew Weihs, Managing Director of Bench Events, discusses the unity of Africa and working together as a continent to increase tourism across all member states.
Ep. 9: Charles Joseph, High Commissioner for Namibia
Sep 11, 2015 • 13 min
Charles Josop, High Commissioner for Namibia, sits down with Matthew Weihs, Managing Director of Bench Events, to discuss the stereotypes that have impacted the African continent.
Ep. 8: Rachel Markham on using social media to fight stereotypes
Sep 11, 2015 • 5 min
Speaking at the UNWTO (United Nations World Tourism Organization) Brand Africa Conference in Accra, 17 year-old social media guru, Rachel Markham sits for a quick chat with Matthew Weihs, Managing Director of Bench Events. Her website, The…
Ep. 7: Sandra Carvao, Moderator, UNWTO Brand Africa Conference
Sep 11, 2015 • 7 min
Sandra Carvao, Moderator of the UNWTO Brand Africa Conference in Accra, Ghana, speaks with Matthew Weihs, Managing Director of Bench Events, about the importance of partnerships in overcoming the stereotypes that Africa still faces.
Ep. 6: Chris Diaz, Marketing Director, Kenya Airways
Sep 11, 2015 • 7 min
At the UNWTO (United Nations World Tourism Organization) Brand Africa Conference in Accra, Marketing Director for Kenya Airways, Chris Diaz speak to Matthew Weihs, Managing Director of Bench Events, about the coming together of the 54 member states of Afr
Ep. 5: Matthew Weihs Arrives in Ghana for Brand Africa
Sep 11, 2015 • 5 min
This podcast is part of an official series supporting the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF). To attend, please visit www.africa-conference.com.
Ep. 4: Regis Isheja, TV Presenter for Rise and Shine Rwanda with Matthew Weihs
Aug 13, 2015 • 7 min
Regis Isheja hosts the Rise and Shine morning show in Rwanda. After featuring Bench Events MD, Matthew Weihs on the show, Matthew returned the favour by interviewing Regis.
Ep. 3: Christoph M. Strahm, GM of Kempinski, Kigali, talks to Matthew Weihs
Aug 13, 2015 • 5 min
Christoph M. Strahm, GM of Kempinski, Kigali (the original Hotel Rwanda) talks about the iconic hotel, balance the history with change and the upward opportunity of the region. To attend the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) 2016 please…
Ep. 2: John Mirenge, CEO of RwandAir, talks to Matthew Weihs
Aug 13, 2015 • 8 min
John Mirenge is the CEO of RwandAir, currently transporting half a million passengers worldwide. Bench Events MD, Matthew Weihs, records his second podcast in Kigali, Rwanda, with Mr Mirenge to talk over some of the following…
Ep. 1: An Introduction to Rwanda with Matthew Weihs
Aug 13, 2015 • 3 min
A quick good morning from Matthew Weihs, recording live from the Hotel Des Mille Collines by Kempinski, in Kigali, Rwanda (made famous when it was covered by the movie Hotel Rwanda).