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Special Feature: Panos Loupasis, Vice President of Development, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts

Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) Podcast

Release Date: 04/18/2019

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

Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) Podcast

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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Ep 57: Hala Matar Choufany, President-Middle East, Africa and South Asia, HVS show art Ep 57: Hala Matar Choufany, President-Middle East, Africa and South Asia, HVS

Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) Podcast

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

Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) Podcast

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

Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) Podcast

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

Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) Podcast

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”

Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) Podcast

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)

Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) Podcast

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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Ep 52: Trevor Ward, Managing Director, W Hospitality Group show art Ep 52: Trevor Ward, Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) Podcast

This podcast, with Trevor Ward Managing Director of W Hospitality Group, canvassed his opinion on the state of the African hotel market. Looking at the key markets and cities that development is taking place and the trend towards developing mid-scale brands

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Ep 05: Mohamed Wade, DG du groupe Amandla Capital Real Estate show art Ep 05: Mohamed Wade, DG du groupe Amandla Capital Real Estate

Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) Podcast

Un entretien éclairant avec Mohamed Wade (DG du groupe Amandla Capital Real Estate) accordée à Jean Perrochon (Directeur du FIHA), qui suscite des réflexions intéressantes sur les opportunités d'investissement dans une classe d'actifs en immobilier hôtelier en évolution et dans un marché touristique régional qui devrait croître de 6% en glissement annuel au cours de la prochaine décennie.   An eye-opening interview between Mohamed Wade (Managing Director of Amandla Capital Real Estate) and Jean Perrochon (Director of FIHA), that raises some interesting considerations about the...

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Ep 51: Hala Matar Choufany, President - Middle East, Africa and South Asia, HVS show art Ep 51: Hala Matar Choufany, President - Middle East, Africa and South Asia, HVS

Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) Podcast

In this podcast, we discuss with Hala Matar Choufany about her current scope of work in the Middle East, focused on driving value for owners. We also discussed the importance, and growing attention from the investment community on making sustainability work.  Finally – we looked at the difference in the type of work from the Middle East to Africa. 

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In this podcast, we talk to Panos Loupasis the Vice President of Development for Wyndham Hotels and Resorts. Panos covers Africa, the Middle East and Eurasia for development so we explore how the brand looks to develop geographically. The podcast also explores the plans for the company and what products work for these markets.  Finally, at the AHIC conference, Panos was presenting the Ramada Encore product at the 3-minute pitch session so he outlines this brand and why it is good for the Middle East and African markets.