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Mezze on the deck - Four Points by Sheraton Nairobi Hurlingham. Credit: starwoodhotels.com

Marriott International Opens First Property in Kenya

Marriott International, Inc. on Monday announced its first property in Kenya with the opening of Four Points by Sheraton Nairobi Hurlingham.

Airbnb Aims to Double Growth in Africa This Year

Airbnb aims to double growth in Africa this year to reach 1.5 million customers

Airbnb expects to maintain its rapid growth in Africa this year and double its customer numbers to 1.5 million,.

Nigeria's leading hotel booking company Hotels.ng launches flight bookings

Nigeria's leading hotel booking company Hotels.ng launches flight bookings

Hotels.ng, Nigeria’s leading hotel booking company has rolled out a new service – online flight bookings – on its website.

Hyatt Regency Johannesburg

JLL predicts increased hotel investment activity in Sub-Saharan Africa

Recent high-profile transactions in the Sub-Saharan hotel sector have industry experts predicting increased liquidity, leading to more open-market transactions in the future.

AccorHotels headquarters in Issy-les-Moulineaux near Paris, France

AccorHotels signs deals to open three hotels in Ethiopia

Europe’s largest hotel group AccorHotels, will open three hotels in Ethiopia by 2021, becoming the latest international chain to tap into the growing business and tourism sectors in the country.

Carlyle Group And TPG Capital Make $100M Bid for Kenyan coffee chain Java House

Carlyle Group and TPG Capital make $100M bid for Kenyan coffee chain Java House

Two of America’s largest private equity firms, Carlyle Group and TPG Capital, are looking to acquire Kenyan coffee chain Java House is a deal that could be worth as much as $100 million.

Nando's considering IPO

Soon You Could Buy Shares in Nando's

Nando’s Group, the South African fast-food company known for its spicy chicken and fries, is considering a London Stock Exchange IPO, according to people familiar with the matter.

A Protea Hotels location now owned by Marriott International

Why Marriott's Expansion in Africa Could Mean Long-Term Gains

Marriott opened its first property in sub-Saharan Africa, the 254-room Kigali Marriott in Rwanda, in early October.

Africa’s rising middle class – and why it matters. Credit: newafricanmagazine.com

Africa's rising middle class - and why it matters

According to the African Development Bank (AfDB), as far back as 2011 there were already 313 million people – or 34 per cent of the continent’s total population – that could be referred to as middle class.

Ngozi (L) and Chijioke Dozie: The brothers are Café Neo's Co-Founders and Co-CEOs. Credit: CNN

2 brothers have tapped into Africa's coffee renaissance (Video & Photos)

Nigeria is the seventh largest coffee producing country in the world, and two brothers there have decided to capitalize on this.

Lagos, Nigeria. Credit: FT

Weekend guide to Lagos

The culturally rich city has plenty to offer in the way of art and entertainment.

Johannesburg, South Africa. Credit: sothebysrealty.com

Fact of the Day: Johannesburg, South Africa is the #1 tourist destination in Africa for the 4th year in a row

South Africa’s major urban cities remain the most visited in the African continent, attracting millions of tourists, boosting local tourism and injecting billions of dollars into the economy.

Hilton Nairobi Upper Hill, Nairobi, Kenya (Illustration). Credit: hiltonworldwide.com

Hilton to open hotel in Africa's tallest development (Photos)

Iconic $110 million Hilton Nairobi Upper Hill marks Hilton Hotels & Resorts’ 50th property in Africa.

A visitor takes photographs from the Ou Kaapse Weg as seasonal fog covers the city of Cape Town. Almost 7,000 visas were issued by the South African embassy in the UAE for the first seven months of this year. Credit: thenational.ae/Mike Hutchings/Reuters

Hotel developers will invest billions of dollars in African projects over the next few years

Hotel developers will invest billions of dollars in African projects over the next few years as they seek to take advantage of a fast-expanding middle class and growing business travel.

Tamassa Resort in Mauritius

Property fund Mara Delta agrees to buy Tamassa Resort in Mauritius

LUX* Resorts and Hotels sells Tamassa Resort for US$40 million in sale-and-leaseback deal.

BW Premier Collection, The Alba, Nairobi, Kenya (Illustration)

Best Western continues Africa expansion with launch of first BW Premier Collection hotel on the continent

Best Western Hotels & Resorts adds another hotel to its East African portfolio. The newest addition is BW Premier Collection, The Alba, located in Nairobi, Kenya.

The Legend Hotel (Illustration); which will be located within the Murtala Muhammed International Airport boundaries in Lagos, Nigeria; will feature 54 guest rooms, including eight suites. Credit: Curio - A Collection by Hilton/estateintel.com

Hilton Expands Presence in Nigeria with Signing of Hilton Lagos Airport

Hilton has announced the signing of a management agreement with Quality Inspection & Testing Services Limited to open a 350 guest-room and suite hotel at Lagos’ Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Nigeria.

Lake Heights Hotel, Entebbe, Uganda

BON Hotels takes on second property in East Africa: Lake Heights Entebbe

With the ink just dry on the BON Hotel Addis Ababa contract, BON Hotels, a hospitality company that owns, manages and markets hotels throughout South Africa and the rest of the continent, has taken on a second property in East Africa.

Four Points by Sheraton Lagos Nigeria

Starwood Hotels ramps up Nigeria portfolio with new Four Points in Benin City

Accelerating growth in emerging markets across the globe, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. recently announced the signing of Four Points Benin City, Nigeria.

BON Hotel Addis Ababa

BON Hotels extends its footprint into Ethiopia

BON Hotels, a hospitality company that owns, manages and markets hotels throughout Africa, has added yet another property to its ever-growing stable.

The pool at the Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City. Credit: Daniel Boshoff/nytimes.com

Accra is Africa's Capital of Cool

With its thriving contemporary art and nightlife scenes, the Ghanaian city of Accra has become a cosmopolitan hot spot. Here’s what to do there.

Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa, Sandhurst, Johannesburg, South Africa

10 Myths of Hospitality Development in Africa (Report): Hotel Partners Africa (HPA)

There’s a lot happening in Africa! In 2015, a survey by W Hospitality Group counted 215 hotels in the chains’ development pipelines, with almost 40,000 rooms.

Taste Holdings - Leading Starbucks' African Charge

Taste Holdings: Leading Starbucks' African Charge

Lattes were selling like hotcakes at the Starbucks in the Johannesburg suburb of Rosebank during the grand opening on April 21st.

Howard Schultz, Chairman & CEO, Starbucks

Starbucks brews grande success in South Africa with plans to launch 150 stores

Eight days after the opening of the first Starbucks in sub-Saharan Africa, the queue of customers is still as long as ever. The lineup snakes out of the store, across the pavement and around the corner.

A Steers burger: South Africa's Famous Brands is the owner of Steers, Debonairs Pizza and Wimpy restaurants

South Africa's Famous Brands buys 51% of Italian restaurant chain Lupa Osteria

South Africa’s biggest fast-food restaurant chain Famous Brands will take a 51 percent stake in Lupa Osteria, an Italian restaurant business, it said on Monday, in a drive to extend its presence in the casual dining sector.

Hotel Novotel Dakar, Senegal. An AccorHotels property

Hotel development in Africa jumps 30% to 64,000 rooms for 2016

The number of planned hotel rooms for 2016 in Africa has soared to 64,000 in 365 hotels, up almost 30% on the previous year, according to new figures from the annual W Hospitality Group Hotel Chain Development Pipeline Survey.

Two Rivers, Nairobi, Kenya (Illustration)

Africa: A land of opportunity for property investors

UAE investors have been urged to follow in the footsteps of the Majid Al Futtaim Group and the Landmark Group by pursuing property opportunities in East Africa.

Hospitality Market Snapshot 2015 - Oil Economies - Accra, Lagos and Luanda (Report): HTI Consulting

Hospitality Market Snapshot 2015 - Oil Economies - Accra, Lagos and Luanda: HTI Consulting (Report)

Between 2011 and 2012, the price of oil was at its highest levels in recent times, at close to $110 per barrel. By the end of 2014, an oversupply of oil saw the price of oil drop to below $100 per barrel. In 2015, prices dropped as low as $49. In 2016, prices have dipped as low as $30 and currently stand at about $40 per barrel.

The Legend Hotel (Illustration); which will be located within the Murtala Muhammed International Airport boundaries in Lagos, Nigeria; will feature 54 guest rooms, including eight suites. Credit: Curio - A Collection by Hilton/estateintel.com

Curio - A Collection by Hilton makes its Africa debut at Nigeria's Murtala Muhammed International Airport

Hilton Worldwide has reached an agreement with Quits Hospitality Ltd to open the first property under the Curio – A Collection by Hilton brand in Africa.

An Overview of the Hotel Real Estate Sector in Africa: JLL

An Overview of the Hotel Real Estate Sector in Africa (Report): Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL)

The narrative on the investment potential in Africa has improved significantly over the past decade and many sectors in the African economy are seeing high growth in investment from global corporates, institutional investors and private equity.

Protea Hotel Abuja

BON Hotels takes over management of four Protea Hotels locations in Nigeria

Cape Town-based hospitality company BON Hotels has taken over the management, sales and marketing of four Protea Hotels locations in Nigeria.

Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria

Africa: Firmly on the map

A number of new real estate fund platforms focused on Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) have emerged in recent years, giving credence to the continent’s ability to attract larger capital commitments from global investors.

Mark Essien, Founder & CEO, Hotels.ng

Meet Mark Essien, Founder & CEO of Nigeria's Hotels.ng (Video)

Hotels.ng‘s CEO Mark Essien founded the Nigeria-based online hotel booking company in 2013, after completing Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science and Engineering in Germany.

Two Rivers - Kenya

Check out these four mega mall developments soon to be launched in Africa (Photos & Videos)

It’s one of the clearest expressions of the growing middle class in many African countries — a burgeoning demand for shopping malls, each more lavish than the one before.

Dunkin’ Brands and Grand Parade Investments announce plans to open hundreds of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins restaurants in South Africa.

Dunkin' Brands and Grand Parade Investments announce plans to open hundreds of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins restaurants in South Africa

Master franchise agreement with Grand Parade Investments calls for the development of more than 250 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants and more than 70 Baskin-Robbins shops in South Africa over the coming years.

A resort in Zanzibar, Tanzania

Tourism in Africa: On the rise but has not at its full potential

For the third year running, the African Development Bank (AfDB) has published the Africa Tourism Monitor, an annual report on the tourism industry in Africa.

First Burger King restaurant opens in Ivory Coast

First Burger King restaurant opens in Ivory Coast

Burger King, the second largest fast food hamburger chain in the world, announced on Tuesday the opening of the first Burger King restaurant in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

Mark Essien (Left), Founder of Hotels.ng

Nigerian travel startup Hotels.ng wants to conquer Africa (Video)

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) projects Nigeria‘s hospitality market will grow signficantly in the next five years. Online hotel booking portals are benefiting. Among such portals is hotels.ng.

Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Krispy Kreme, H&M launching in Africa

Your favorite brands are launching in Africa

Krispy Kreme and H&M are launching in South Africa this month, marking their first foray into the African market.

Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club

Hotel real estate sector in Africa set for strong growth: JLL

JLL’s latest thought leadership research paper ‘Spotlight on Africa: Opportunity on the Horizon’ explores the investment potential of hotels in Africa, which has improved significantly over the past decade, though it is not without its challenges.

Baraza Resort and Spa Zanzibar

How Africa is getting ready to welcome more travelers (Video)

Is there room at the inn? There might not be in some parts of Africa, but that is set to change.

Chicken Republic

Eating out: Africa's booming fast food scene (Video)

Africa’s growing economies mean more people with disposable incomes and more eating out.