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Ep 59: HE Nadia Fettah Alaoui Minister of Tourism, Handicraft, Air Transport and Social Economy of the Kingdom of Morocco

Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) Podcast

Release Date: 03/22/2021

Episode 61 - Fabio Nava Vice President of Capital Markets at JLL's Hotels & Hospitality Group Sub-Saharan Africa show art Episode 61 - Fabio Nava Vice President of Capital Markets at JLL's Hotels & Hospitality Group Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) Podcast

In this podcast we spoke to Fabio Nava VP of Capital Markets at JLL’s Hotels and Hospitality Group to understand the findings from the Annual Spotlight on Africa report they’ve recently published.  We explored how the pandemic has impacted the market and discussed the future opportunities for investment. 

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Ep 60 - Imad Barrakad Chairman and CEO, Moroccan Agency for Tourism Development (SMIT) show art Ep 60 - Imad Barrakad Chairman and CEO, Moroccan Agency for Tourism Development (SMIT)

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We spoke with Imad Barrakad, CEO of the Moroccan Agency for Tourism Development (SMIT) about their thoughts on hosting the AHIF Marketspace digital event – with its focus on Morocco on 25 March 2021.  We asked Imad what the role of SMIT is, what the investment climate is currently and how now, in the backdrop of covid, what the investment opportunities are in Morocco.  You can register to attend the Marketspace for free at

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Ep 59: HE Nadia Fettah Alaoui Minister of Tourism, Handicraft, Air Transport and Social Economy of the Kingdom of Morocco show art Ep 59: HE Nadia Fettah Alaoui Minister of Tourism, Handicraft, Air Transport and Social Economy of the Kingdom of Morocco

Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) Podcast

On the eve of our first digital “in focus” event for the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) community, the Morocco Marketspace taking place on 25th March, I took the chance to speak to the Her Honourable Excellency Nadia Fettah Alaoui the Minister of Tourism, Handicraft, Air Transport and Social Economy about the tourism plans for the Kingdom.  We discussed where the travel situation is now, the support the Government have given the industry and the future incentives for investment and where, in her opinion, the potential opportunities are. 

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Ep 58: Yemisi Mokuolu CEO of Hatch Ideas and Founder of the Asa Baako Music Festival show art Ep 58: Yemisi Mokuolu CEO of Hatch Ideas and Founder of the Asa Baako Music Festival

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In this podcast focused on #myAfrica we spoke to Yemisi Mokuolu CEO of Hatch Ideas and founder of the Asa Baako music festival in Ghana.  We explored what Africa meant to her through her work and the founding of this growing music festival. We discussed how this particular venture has developed into an event that is regenerating the local community through travel and tourism and how, now, the need has developed into the potential of investing in hotels for the area.   

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In this podcast, we discussed with Hala Matar Choufany the President ME/Africa and South Asia for HVS the results of their recent survey on the Africa Traveller & Hotel Guest Sentiments. We discussed the main findings of the survey and how this will impact travel activity going forward for Africa.

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Ep 56: Mary Gostelow, Owner and Editor of the Gostelow Report show art Ep 56: Mary Gostelow, Owner and Editor of the Gostelow Report

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In this AHIF podcast, we thought we’d turn the tables and ask the questions to Mary Gostelow, Owner and Editor of the Gostelow report, columnist and Editor of .  A fascinating discussion on her life and times and how she ended up the sage of the industry, how she approaches her work, and is able to extract such amazing insights. 

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Ep 55: African Hotel Chain Development Pipeline Survey 2020 show art Ep 55: African Hotel Chain Development Pipeline Survey 2020

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In this podcast we spoke with Trevor Ward, Managing Director of W Hospitality Group, about recent publishing of the 2020 African Hotel Chain Development Pipeline survey – the 12th annual report. Covid-19 has derailed the market as it has the global hospitality industry but we discussed how Africa was being impacted specifically and what it means for hotel development in the short, medium and long term. With that in mind and with the AfricaTomorrow (www.africa-tomorrow.com) event a month away – what we should be expecting from the online conference where Trevor will be presenting his...

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Ep 54: Frederic van Lennep, Business Development Director MEA, IT Hospitality show art Ep 54: Frederic van Lennep, Business Development Director MEA, IT Hospitality

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In this podcast with Frederic van Lennep, we discussed how technology can be leveraged to build confidence in a post coronavirus world for hotels. We also explored what role technology would play, how a touch-less future can be created, and how this reflects the customer experience. Frederic also published a white paper recently on the importance of technology in post-COVID19 hotel operations which can be accessed here:

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Ep 53: Marek Zmyslowski, author of “Chasing Black Unicorns – how building the Amazon of Africa put me on Interpol’s Most Wanted List” show art Ep 53: Marek Zmyslowski, author of “Chasing Black Unicorns – how building the Amazon of Africa put me on Interpol’s Most Wanted List”

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In this podcast, we discussed Marek's journey from Poland to Africa and how his entrepreneurial spirit led him to Nigeria. We discussed his relationship with travel technology and the potential for the African market especially, post Covid-19, his thoughts on the outcomes for the industry and Africa.  

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Ep 06: Mamoudou Fadil, Vice President, Société Nouvelle des Cocotiers (SNC) show art Ep 06: Mamoudou Fadil, Vice President, Société Nouvelle des Cocotiers (SNC)

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L’Afrique sera dans quelques années le centre du monde, affirme le magnat des affaires camerounais Mamoudou Fadil tout en renforçant son point de vue sur le potentiel à long terme de la croissance de l’immobilier hôtelier et du développement du tourisme sur le continent lors de son entretien avec Jean Perrochon. Africa will be on the centre stage of the world in a few years, states the Cameroonian business magnate Mamoudou Fadil while reinforcing his views about the long term growth potential for hotel real estate and tourism on the continent in an interview with Jean Perrochon.

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On the eve of our first digital “in focus” event for the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) community, the Morocco Marketspace taking place on 25th March, I took the chance to speak to the Her Honourable Excellency Nadia Fettah Alaoui the Minister of Tourism, Handicraft, Air Transport and Social Economy about the tourism plans for the Kingdom.  We discussed where the travel situation is now, the support the Government have given the industry and the future incentives for investment and where, in her opinion, the potential opportunities are.