A sneak peak of what’s happening at #AHIF this June


(Posted 31st May 2023)


Dear ATCNews Readers,


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I hope you are having a good week. Our bags are packed, our networking app is live, and we’re ready to bring the most influential hospitality conference back to Kenya. Attendees from across the globe with a vested interest in development of Africa will gather in Nairobi in just under two week’s time. Check out the sample list of companies you can meet to share ideas and make a connection with at AHIF 2023. It’s not too late to join them!

Join AHIF 2023



In case you’ve missed it, we’ve lined up more than 75 speakers across a three-day schedule full of inspiring talks, breakthrough conversations, insightful research, networking opportunities with potential business partners, social activities, charity run, and more. Here is a quick summary of what’s happening:


Highlight of Day One:

Pat Thaker, Editorial and Regional Director MEA, The Economist Intelligence Unit, will speak on the topic “Navigating Global Risks: The Impact on Africa’s Hospitality Industry”
Our investor panel including Wayne Godwin, Hamza Farooqui, Olivier Granet and Funke Okubadego, will discuss the Investment Potential in Africa
Discussion with hotel developers featuring Christopher Lund, Charbel Boutros, Karim Cheltout, Khalil Manji, and Dupe Olusola on the Prospects and Challenges of Hotel Development in Africa
An insightful session backed by data from Thomas Emanuel, Senior Director at STR on the Future of Africa
Speed networking
Networking reception at Radisson Blu Hotel Nairobi Upper Hill


Highlight of Day Two:

Trevor Ward, Principal at W Hospitality Group to share the Upcoming Projects in the African Hospitality Market in a session moderated by Daniel Silke, Political Economy Analyst & Futurist
Discussion with senior hospitality leaders including Rose Bakri, Tim Cordon, Assia Riccio and Paul Stevens on Re-Evaluating the Emphasis on Human Skills in the Hospitality Industry
Our panel of CEOs including Rahul Chaudhary, Billy Cheung, Hala Matar Choufany, and Bani Haddad to speak on the Dos and Don’ts for Success in the Hospitality Industry.
A session on Women Empowerment in the Hospitality Industry moderated by Peter Greenberg and led by female leaders including Lara Dupre, Valeria Hoffenberg, and Clemence Lormad
An engaging discussion moderated by Mmatsatsi Ramawela and led by Mohamed Awadalla, Merilee Karr, Khalil Ketari and Jugal Khushalani on the Rise of Alternative Accommodation
AHIF Sustainability In Action: Innovative Ideas In The Spotlight

Networking reception at WOJO – Mercure Upper Hill


Highlight Day Three: AviaDev Real Estate

Visit to the Nairobi National Park and the Social House Nairobi
Marcel Langeslag, Director, Aviation, NACO, Netherlands Airport Consultants and Rene Marey to discuss Building Smart Airport Cities
An in-depth discussion on Raising Capital for Airport Projects in Africa between Mark Dunford, Hilton Carty, Patrick Chonde, Javed Malik, Lasse Ristolainen
Trevor Ward and Shamil Manek to figure out a Winning Formula For Airport Hotels in Africa


If you still haven’t secured your spot at the conference, I suggest doing it as soon as possible because tickets are selling fast and prices are going up again tonight! The final rate of $2100 will expire on 31 May after which the final rate of $2300 will be applicable. You can register by clicking here


Can’t wait to see you in Nairobi!


Kind Regards


Jonathan Worsley

Chairman & CEO, the bench

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