Following last year’s successful event and Rwandan efforts to establish itself as a MICE hub in the region, it has been announced that the Africa Hotel Investment Forum will again run alongside AviaDev Africa in Kigali, Rwanda. By Travel News


The return to Rwanda comes as Bench Events – the organiser – signed a new agreement with the UN World Tourism Organisation to cooperate closely and to jointly promote tourism through sustainable hotel and aviation development.
This year marks the UN Year of Sustainable Tourism.
The joint forum – being held for the second time - provides a valuable opportunity to take a strategic approach to the expansion of travel across the continent as it brings together some of the leading executives and investors from the worlds of aviation and hotels, alongside top government officials and politicians.
Jonathan Worsley, chairman, Bench Events, said: “This is the forum to do business – a unique opportunity for leading airline, airport and hotel executives, alongside government representatives, to explore the crucial link between aviation and hotel investment and discuss potential new airline routes.”
He continued: “We are also very pleased to be returning to Rwanda, a progressive country that is investing in aviation as a catalyst for economic development.”
The chief executive of the Rwanda Development Board, Clare Akamanzi, is fully backing the return of AHIF.
She said: “It’s a vital part of our mission to showcase Rwanda as a key destination to do business. I foresee many new business relationships developing.”
AHIF attracts more than 500 high-calibre executives from 45 countries making it the premier hotel investment conference in Africa.
Last year, AccorHotels, Best Western, Carlson Rezidor, CityBlue, Hilton and Marriott all made announcements about new hotel projects, 22 in total, and Marriott invited all the delegates to a spectacular launch event to promote its new flagship property in Kigali.