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13th September, 2013.
InterContinental Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya

New African hospitality group to be unveiled at AHIF

A new hospitality group, with several hotel brands and more than 2,200 rooms and suites under construction, spread between 15 properties in 13 African countries, will reveal itself for the very first time at the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) on Tuesday 24th September, at the InterContinental Hotel in Nairobi.

The business was founded in 2011 with the business strategy of investing Euro315m.

The top executive team's experience includes Accor, Jumeirah, Ritz-Carlton, Mandarin Oriental and AC Hotels by Marriot.

AHIF has been selected as the venue for the launch because it is the premier hotel investment conference in Africa, attracting many prominent international hotel owners, investors, financiers, management companies and their advisers.

The speaker line up features government ministers from four countries and dozens of CEOs and board level executives from the most important companies building and running hotels across the continent, including:Phyllis Kandie, Cabinet Secretary for East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism, Kenya; Carvalho Muaria, Minister of Tourism, Mozambique; Dr. Maria Mutagamba Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities, Uganda Government.

Jean Max Rakotomamonjy, Ministre du Tourisme Madagascar; Simon Vincent, President EMEA, Hilton Worldwide; Alex Kyriakidis, President & Managing Director, Middle East and Africa, Marriott International, Inc.

Herve Louis, Chief Finance Officer, ACCOR; Ulrich T. Eckhardt, President India, Middle East & Africa, Kempinski Hotels; Jean-Gabriel Peres, President & CEO, Movenpick Hotels & Resorts

Others are Ewan Cameron, Chief Executive Officer, Lonrho Hotels; David Scowsill, President & CEO, World Travel & Tourism Council; Patrick Fitzgibbon, Senior Vice President Development - Europe & Africa, Hilton Worldwide.

Samer Abu Ayash, Senior Vice President-Head of Design, Construction & Real Estate, Kingdom Hotel Investments; Rui Barros, Senior Vice President & Managing Director EMEA, Wyndham Hotel Group; Neil George, Senior Vice President, Acquisitions & Development Middle East & Africa, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

Peter Norman, Senior Vice President Acquisitions & Development, Hyatt International (Europe Africa Middle East) LLC; Taras Ettl, Vice President Development - Middle East & Africa, InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG)

Bani Haddad, Regional Vice President - Middle East and Africa, Wyndham Hotel Group; Marianne Ndegwa, Jordan, Managing Director, Kenya Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC); Rohan Patel, Director, Sankara Hotel Group Kenya Ltd.

Olaf Schmidt, Global Sector Head-Hotel, Retail & Real Estate Investments, IFC (International Finance Corporation - World Bank Group).

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