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Nigeria Could Teach the West a Few Things

Nigeria Could Teach the West a Few Things

A trip is often defined by its surprises, so here are my biggest revelations from six days in Lagos, Nigeria.

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.

SafariCity, Arusha, Tanzania

Check out 5 futuristic African cities that will take the tourism industry by storm (Photos)

Africa is seen to take up the tech challenge by investing billions of dollars in the development of tech futuristic cities.

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.

Live music in Accra, Ghana

Why is Ghana 25 times more successful than Nigeria at attracting tourism revenues?

Tourism should be an easy win for emerging market (EM) and frontier market (FM) economies with weakened currencies, and cheap jet fuel; an opportunity that we think is being missed.

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.

Buffalo Mall, Naivasha, Kenya

East Africa's second-tier cities hold untapped potential

Retail in Kenya is dominated by informal sellers, but recent years have seen a boom in modern trade, with home-grown supermarket chains expanding their footprint and international brands (such as Carrefour and Massmart’s Game banner) entering the market.

Mark Okoye, Executive Director & Secretary, Anambra State Investment Promotion and Protection Agency (ANSIPPA)

Invest Nigeria - Think Anambra (Presentation): Anambra State Investment Promotion and Protection Agency (ANSIPPA)

In March 2015, Anambra was ranked the most transparent and accountable state in Nigeria, complying with all the set standards in public sector accounting, according to the International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS).

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.

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.

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.

Africa's other "Big 6": Ethiopian Airlines, South African Airways, Arik Air, EgyptAir, Kenya Airways and Royal Air Maroc

Africa's other "Big 6": Jude Uzonwanne, Associate Partner, Dalberg Global Development Advisors

Africa’s vast skies are being mastered by the “Big 6”: Ethiopian Airlines, South African Airways, Arik Air, EgyptAir, Kenya Airways and Royal Air Maroc.

Building in Banana Island, Lagos, Nigeria

Nigeria's Lagos among top five best cities to buy property in right now

When considering real estate investment opportunities, people normally think of western cities like London and New York.

Ethiopia aims to grow tourism threefold in five years

Ethiopia aims to grow tourism threefold in five years

Ethiopia aims to triple its number of foreign visitors to more than 2.5 million by 2020, making tourism a pillar of one of Africa’s fastest-growing economies.

Obinna Ekezie, Founder, Wakanow

Former NBA athlete returned to Nigeria to become successful entrepreneur (Video)

Obinna Ekezie is the Founder of Wakanow.com, one of the fastest growing and largest internet travel sites in Africa.

The Sheraton Hotel Addis Ababa, Club Room

Fact of the Day: Addis Ababa has Africa's highest hotel room rates

A price survey of international-grade hotels in select major African cities, produced by hospitality research firm STR Global, ahead of theAfrica Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF), taking place at the end of September, has revealed that Addis Ababa is the most expensive place for a good night’s sleep.

Dakar, Senegal: The city is predicted to be one of the top 10 most visited cities in Africa in 2015

Europe, Asia? No - Airbnb's next big push is in Africa

Airbnb, the world’s leading service to rent out rooms or properties over the Internet, has announced plans to rapidly accelerate its growth in Africa, particularly in key markets such as Kenya and South Africa.

Africa has its luxury hotels, but not enough places for the mid-range traveler. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

Why Africa is a perfect market for Airbnb

Airbnb has ambitious plans for Africa, as its CEO, Brian Chesky, announced in Johannesburg on July 27.

Airbnb

House sharing service Airbnb plans Africa expansion

Airbnb is hoping to spread its unique brand of hospitality throughout Africa. The San Francisco company, which allows people to rent rooms in their private homes to travelers over the Internet, held an event July 27 in Johannesburg, where Airbnb Chief Executive Officer Brian Chesky walked local reporters through the company’s ambitions in the world’s second-most populous continent.

Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa. (Reuters/Mike Hutchings)

South Africa's new visa rules are turning visitors away

South Africa’s tourism business index is at its lowest level since 2011, as visitor numbers decline due to the country’s new visa regulations.

World's fourth-largest hotelier AccorHotels to open 50 hotels in Angola by 2017

World's fourth-largest hotelier AccorHotels to open 50 hotels in Angola by 2017

AccorHotels has sealed a deal with Angolan insurance and investment company AAA Activos to open 50 hotels in the country by 2017, the French company said, as part of its expansion in Africa.

President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos (Left) walks with his French counterpart Francois Hollande by guards of honor at the Presidential Palace in Luanda on July 3, 2015 (AFP Photo/Alain Jocard)

France & Angola sign business deals from oil to hotels

France and Angola on Friday signed business agreements covering a wide range of economic sectors from oil to hotels, which are potentially worth several hundred million dollars, French officials said.

Nigeria's Lagos Carnival (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Nigeria's tourism opportunity can be unlocked by local online booking platforms

In economic terms Nigeria is best known as Africa’s largest economy and its number one oil producer, but unlike many other African countries, travel and tourism comes far down the list of GDP contributors.

Sun City, South Africa

The top 10 most tourism-ready countries in Sub-Saharan Africa (Infographic)

Check out an infographic of the top 10 most tourism-ready countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Mark Essien, Founder, Hotels.ng

Nigeria's Hotels.ng Raises $1.2 Million

Nigeria’s leading hotel booking website, Hotels.ng, has raised $1.2 million from the Omidyar Network, the investment vehicle of eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, and EchoVC Pan-Africa Fund, a seed-stage technology fund.

Cristina Duarte, Cape Verde’s Finance Minister. Photographer: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

First woman candidate for AfDB boss says Africa must retain wealth

Cristina Duarte, the finance minister from Cape Verde who is the first woman to stand for the presidency of the African Development Bank, said the lender should encourage wealth generated in Africa to stay on the continent.

Ilyas Dawaleh was a businessman before be entered politics and rose to become Djibouti’s Minister of Economy and Finance. Antonie Robertson / The National

Ilyas Dawaleh: The man who wants to make Djibouti the next Dubai

Ilyas Dawaleh has an ambition: he wants to make his country the Dubai of Africa, and he is getting plenty of help from the UAE to help him achieve that.

A Kenya Airways jet arrives at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi. Africa’s aviation industry is booming. Photograph: Noor Khamis/Reuters

Africa's aviation industry is booming: Opening up Africa's airspace could make sky the limit (Video)

Glancing around a crowded terminal in Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta airport, one of the busiest international hubs in Africa, it’s obvious that more passengers are streaming to the continent than ever before.

Nairobi, Kenya

From frontier market to emerging market: Kenya's economic rise

Kenya is moving from a frontier market to an emerging market, and is beginning to attract investment from all over the world. The future of Kenya’s business environment is looking increasingly bright as the national economy continues to grow at an enviable pace.

Mauritius

Inside Mauritius: The tropical paradise with a booming economy (Infographics)

What is Africa’s most competitive economy? Is it oil-rich Nigeria? No. Perhaps South Africa, the continent’s mining powerhouse? Try again.

Investing in Africa - Nigeria vs East Africa

Investing in Africa - Nigeria vs East Africa: Malimu Museru, Senior Analyst, RisCura

Nigeria and Kenya frequently feature as the top investment destinations in Africa, with Nigeria being the clear front runner. Investors, however, are starting to view East Africa as a combined investment region that could rival the West African giant, using Kenya as a sturdy stepping stone to the wider East African region.

The Wheatbaker, Lagos, Nigeria

The top 10 hotels for service in Nigeria: TripAdvisor

The Wheatbaker hotel offers the corporate traveller all the comfort and convenience of a luxury boutique hotel. Lagos’ new premier exclusive hotel, is located in the residential heart of Ikoyi, Nigeria.

Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Melrose Arch, Johannesburg, South Africa. In April 2014, Marriott acquired Protea.

It's time to invest in Africa - Here are 3 ways to get started

Don’t underestimate how important Africa has become to the global economy. Across the continent, including Sub-Saharan Africa, business and infrastructure projects are booming, prompting comparisons with China 20 to 30 years ago.

The twilight of the resource curse? Africa’s growth is being powered by things other than commodities.

African economic growth: The twilight of the resource curse?

For decades commodity prices have shaped Africa’s economic growth. The continent is home to a third of the planet’s mineral reserves, a tenth of the oil and it produces two-thirds of the diamonds.

Transcorp Hilton Abuja, Nigeria

Nigeria's Transcorp Hotels raises NGN 4.2B (USD 23M) from IPO

Transcorp Hotels has raised NGN 4.2B (USD 23M) from its recent initial public offering (IPO), indicating a 52 percent subscription level.

Marek Zmyslowski, Managing Director, Jovago

Hotel booking platform Jovago's double-digit revenue growth spurred by African tourism boom: Marek Zmyslowski, MD, Jovago

Nigerian hotel booking platform Jovago sees double-digit revenue growth each month, as it taps into the growing tourism market in Africa, Jovago Nigeria managing director (MD) Marek Zmyslowski has revealed.

The Victoria & Alfred (V&A) Waterfront in Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa ranked #1 for best hotels globally

As the new year approaches, many travelers are looking for inspiration on where to head in 2015. This list might help.

South Africa's economic hub Johannesburg will retain its title as Africa's most visited city for the second year in a row, a study shows

Fact of the Day: Johannesburg is Africa's most visited city for second year in a row

South Africa’s economic hub Johannesburg will retain its title as Africa’s most visited city for the second year in a row, a study has shown.

The creator of the ‘Ebola – no Ebola’ map says he is trying to show the world that Africa is not a country. Photograph: EbolaPhone/Twitter

Ebola for beginners: Twitter map outlines some elementary geography

A rudimentary map demonstrating that Africa is not synonymous with the Ebola virus has hit a nerve online.