AHIF 2024 Puts Namibia On The Global Investment Map

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The Impactful Sessions And Workshops Of AHIF 2024

The Movenpick Hotel in Windhoek, Namibia, has been buzzing with excitement over the past three days as the Africa Hospitality Investment Forum (AHIF) unfolded its 2024 edition, from June 25th to 27th. This premier conference for hotel and tourism investment brought together over 500 attendees from more than 40 countries, including international delegates, investors, industry leaders, and government representatives.

Connecting Africa, A Nexus for Investment

AHIF 2024 served as a dynamic platform where business leaders converged to explore investment opportunities across Africa’s hospitality sector. With 90+ industry speakers sharing insights, attendees delved into critical discussions on tourism projects, infrastructure, and hotel development. The event’s agenda featured sessions on sustainable tourism, digital transformation, and innovative financing models. Notably, 16% of the participants were investors keen on unlocking tangible opportunities in Namibia and beyond.

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Namibia’s Potential on Display

Namibia, known for its breathtaking landscapes and vibrant culture, took center stage. The country’s unique value proposition as an investment destination was showcased during AHIF 2024. Nangula Nelulu Uaandja, Chairperson and CEO of the Namibia Investment Promotion and Development Board, emphasized the importance of this event in promoting Namibia’s untapped potential. From eco-lodges in the Namib Desert to luxury resorts along the Skeleton Coast, Namibia’s diverse offerings captured the imagination of attendees.

Key Takeaways

The event opened on June 25th with a keynote address by Namibia’s Minister of Environment, Forestry, and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta, who emphasized the country’s commitment to sustainable tourism and investment. Following this, Trevor Ward, Managing Director of W Hospitality Group, presented an insightful overview of the investment landscape in Africa, highlighting emerging opportunities and challenges.

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The “Sustainable Tourism Development” panel was another highlight, addressing the pressing need for environmentally and socially responsible practices in hospitality. Speakers from leading sustainable tourism organizations discussed innovative approaches to minimizing environmental impact while maximizing community benefits. Their presentations inspired attendees to prioritize sustainability in their own ventures, aligning profitability with positive environmental and social outcomes.

On June 27th, the “Digital Transformation in Hospitality” workshop, spearheaded by Haitham Mattar, Managing Director of India, Middle East & Africa at IHG Hotels & Resorts, delved into the latest technological advancements reshaping the industry. Attendees gained valuable insights into leveraging digital tools to enhance guest experiences and streamline operations, ensuring they remain competitive in a rapidly evolving market.

Networking opportunities were abundant throughout the event, with dedicated sessions designed to foster connections between stakeholders. The “Meet the Investors” segment allowed entrepreneurs to pitch their projects directly to potential backers, sparking numerous promising partnerships. Meanwhile, the “Regional Spotlights” sessions provided a closer look at specific areas within Africa, showcasing local success stories and investment prospects.

The closing ceremony featured an inspiring speech by Maribel Rodriguez, Senior Vice President of Membership & Commercial at the World Travel & Tourism Council, who praised the forum’s role in fostering collaboration and innovation within the industry. Her words encapsulated the optimistic spirit that pervaded the event, as attendees left with renewed enthusiasm and actionable strategies for driving growth.

As we reflect on the achievements and discussions of AHIF 2024, it’s evident that this forum continues to be a pivotal platform for driving progress in Africa’s hospitality sector. The vibrant exchanges, groundbreaking ideas, and collaborative spirit witnessed in Windhoek will resonate long after the event, propelling the continent towards a brighter, more prosperous future in tourism and hospitality.

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AHIF 2024 was not just a conference but a catalyst for future developments in Africa’s hospitality sector. The knowledge shared, the connections made, and the innovative ideas discussed will undoubtedly influence the industry’s trajectory in the coming years. For those who attended, it was an unforgettable experience rich with opportunities and insights. For those who missed it, the highlights and outcomes of AHIF 2024 serve as a compelling reminder of the dynamic potential within Africa’s hospitality industry. As we look forward to AHIF 2025, the future of African hospitality investment has never looked brighter. Visit www.ahif.com for more information. Stay tuned for more highlights in our next week’s feature.


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