Discover Namibia's Hospitality Investment Scene at AHIF 2024

Discover Namibia's Hospitality Investment Scene at AHIF 2024

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Published on October 17, 2023

Mark your calendars for the 2024 Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF), the continent's premier tourism and hotel investment conference. Scheduled from June 25 to June 27, 2024, AHIF is set to take place in the beautiful nation of Namibia. This conference attracts prominent international hotel owners, investors, financiers, management companies, and their advisors.

The event will be hosted at Namibia's Mövenpick and Mercure hotels, both of which underwent a complete renovation after being acquired in 2021 by a fund managed by Kasada Capital Management. This fund is a leading independent real estate private equity platform dedicated to the hospitality industry in Africa, and their investment is set to bring a fresh perspective to the hospitality scene in Namibia. Consequently, AHIF will proudly showcase the relaunch of these revitalized properties.

Delegates attending AHIF in 2024 are in for an exceptional experience, combining business with a touch of adventure. The weekend leading up to the conference will include various inspection trips to explore Namibia's top hospitality investment projects and tourism attractions. These include awe-inspiring desert landscapes, thrilling adventure sports, and unforgettable safaris where you can spot endangered black and white rhinos, antelopes, cheetahs, elephants, giraffes, hippos, lions, ostriches, and zebras.

These trips will be more than just educational; they will provide valuable networking opportunities. Delegates from AviaDev, Africa's premier airline route development conference, will also participate. AviaDev is scheduled at the same venue the week before AHIF, making it a strategic opportunity for networking with professionals from both industries.

In the years leading up to the COVID-19 pandemic, Namibia's tourism sector experienced consistent growth. According to the Ministry of Environment, Forestry, and Tourism, visitor numbers grew by an impressive 5% annually, from just under 1.2 million in 2012 to 1.6 million in 2019. However, the pandemic dealt a severe blow to the country's tourism industry, with visitor arrivals dropping below 200,000 in 2020.

Nangula Uaandja, Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of the Namibia Investment Promotion and Development Board (NIPDB), expressed their excitement about hosting AHIF in 2024. They stated, "Securing the bid to host AHIF 2024 is not just a win for Namibia, but also an affirmation of our national potential. We are delighted to welcome the international hospitality investment community to explore the untapped investment potential of our tourism industry. Namibia is a strikingly beautiful country, with picturesque landscapes that are guaranteed to charm at first sight."

Moreover, Namibia is fully committed to attracting foreign investments that stimulate economic activity and job creation. The government's commitment is evident through their progressive regulatory and policy frameworks, a robust legal system, seamless profit repatriation, and an independent judiciary that safeguards the rights of all investors.

Olivier Granet, Managing Partner and CEO of Kasada Capital Management, expressed his pride in partnering with The Bench on AHIF 2024. He looks forward to welcoming guests to the newly refurbished Mövenpick and Mercure hotels. The extensive refurbishment of these hotel complexes and conference center reflects their strategy of enhancing the hospitality sector in key African cities.

Matthew Weihs, Managing Director of The Bench, which organizes AHIF, shared his excitement about the upcoming event. He mentioned, "We are very excited that AHIF will, for the first time, go to a SADC country next year. Investing in Africa is all about uncovering and seizing new opportunities. To do that, one needs to expand one's horizons by going to different places, meeting new people, and exploring alternative scenarios. By scheduling AHIF and AviaDev on either side of a weekend in Windhoek and offering a selection of inspection trips for our delegates, we aim to do just that, along with providing unrivaled networking opportunities, a vital ingredient for any conference."

The Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) in Namibia promises not only insights into the hospitality investment sector but also unforgettable experiences exploring the natural grandeur of this stunning nation.


MakeMyTrip Records Stellar Growth in FY2024 with Significant Profit and Booking Increases

MakeMyTrip Records Stellar Growth in FY2024 with Significant Profit and Booking Increases

By Nishang Narayan

Published on May 20, 2024

India’s leading travel service provider, MakeMyTrip, has reported exceptional financial results for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2024. Despite the fourth quarter typically being a slower period for leisure travel, the company experienced robust growth across its key financial metrics, reflecting the increased travel demand following the pandemic.

For FY2024, MakeMyTrip reported gross bookings of USD 7,954.4 million, marking a 24.9% increase year-over-year. The revenue, as per International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), reached USD 782.5 million, representing a 35.7% growth from the previous fiscal year. These figures showcase the company's strong recovery trajectory and its ability to capitalize on the resurgence of travel interest.

The Adjusted Operating Profit (EBIT) also saw a significant rise, reaching USD 124.2 million for the fiscal year, up from USD 70.3 million in FY23. The Profit for the Period for Q4 FY24 stood at an impressive USD 171.9 million, bolstered by a one-time credit and gain totaling USD 156.7 million.

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Rajesh Magow, Group Chief Executive Officer of MakeMyTrip, expressed his satisfaction with the results, stating, “The enthusiastic response from travelers, both leisure and business, has propelled our growth beyond pre-pandemic levels. Our strategic focus on offering a comprehensive portfolio of travel and ancillary products, tailored to the needs of millions including first-time travelers, has been instrumental in achieving these record-breaking results.”

 In addition to financial gains, MakeMyTrip has observed interesting trends in travel searches for Summer 2024. Family travel has increased by 20%, with domestic destinations like Ayodhya and Lakshadweep gaining significant interest. Internationally, destinations such as Baku, Phuket, and Abu Dhabi are seeing an uptick in search queries, reflecting the global appeal among Indian travelers.

These results not only highlight MakeMyTrip’s successful adaptation in a dynamic market but also indicate a positive outlook for the travel industry’s continued recovery and growth. As the company prepares for the upcoming travel seasons, it remains committed to enhancing its service offerings to meet the evolving preferences of its customers.

For more detailed insights into MakeMyTrip’s financial performance and future plans, visit their official website or contact their investor relations team.

This comprehensive overview of MakeMyTrip’s fiscal achievements in 2024 underscores the company's resilience and innovative approach in adapting to the post-pandemic travel landscape, setting a robust foundation for future growth.


Middle East Hotel Construction Pipeline Sees Growth in Q1 2024

Middle East Hotel Construction Pipeline Sees Growth in Q1 2024

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on May 19, 2024

The latest report from Lodging Econometrics (LE) provides valuable insights into the thriving hotel construction landscape in the Middle East, particularly during the first quarter of 2024. Amidst evolving trends and increasing demand, the region experienced a notable 5% increase in projects year-over-year, culminating in a total of 612 projects encompassing 144,222 rooms.

As of Q1 2024, the Middle East showcases a robust construction scene, with 302 projects actively underway. Furthermore, 133 projects are slated to commence construction within the next 12 months, indicating a 28% increase in projects year-over-year. Additionally, the early planning stage witnessed significant growth, with 177 projects in the pipeline, marking an 18% increase from the previous year.

Top Countries:

Saudi Arabia emerges as a frontrunner in hotel development, boasting a record-high of 318 projects, while Egypt closely follows with an impressive count of 103 projects. These nations demonstrate substantial investment in the hospitality sector, reflecting their commitment to meeting the growing demand for accommodations.

Major Cities:

Within the Middle East, certain cities and provincial regions stand out for their burgeoning hotel construction pipelines. Provincial areas, alongside cities like Riyadh, Jeddah, and Cairo, boast the largest number of projects and rooms. This concentration highlights the strategic importance of these urban centers in catering to the region's diverse tourism needs.

Future Outlook:

Looking ahead, the Middle East's hospitality sector is poised for continued expansion, with LE forecasting the opening of 107 new hotels and 26,743 rooms by the end of 2024. Furthermore, an additional 101 new hotels with 26,743 rooms are anticipated to be operational by the close of 2025. These projections underscore the region's enduring appeal as a global tourism destination and signal ample opportunities for stakeholders in the hospitality industry.

The growth witnessed in the Middle East's hotel construction pipeline reflects the region's resilience and adaptability in meeting the evolving needs of travelers. As major events and cultural attractions continue to drive demand, developers are capitalizing on these opportunities to enhance the region's hospitality infrastructure, ensuring a memorable and comfortable experience for visitors from around the world.


CYK Hospitalities Boosts QSR Expansion with Strategic Leasing

CYK Hospitalities Boosts QSR Expansion with Strategic Leasing

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on May 17, 2024

CYK Hospitalities, an F&B consultancy firm, is making waves in the Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) sector with its strategic leasing initiatives. As urbanization in India surges, the QSR industry experiences unprecedented growth, welcoming both local and international players into the market. CYK Hospitalities recognized this potential early on, positioning itself as a key player in facilitating the growth and expansion of QSR brands.

Simranjeet Singh, Director of CYK Hospitalities, emphasizes the crucial role of location in the success of QSR brands amidst India’s rapid urbanization. Specializing in location mapping, legal documentation, and lease finalization, CYK Hospitalities has enabled over 30 QSR brands to establish their presence across diverse locations, including major cities like Delhi, Bengaluru, Gurugram, and Agra.

Collaborating with prominent names in the F&B industry such as The Waffle Company, Burger King, and Rage Coffee, CYK Hospitalities has solidified its reputation as a trusted partner for QSR expansion. The firm's recent venture into beauty brands, including Lovechild by Masaba, further diversifies its portfolio, showcasing its adaptability and industry expertise.

Pulkit Arora, Director of CYK Hospitalities, said “The QSR industry has come a long way in India and its remarkable 17% growth in India reflects the major shift in food trends and urban expansion. Across borders, strategic leasing remains the cornerstone for QSR success, offering prime locations that fuel profitability and customer engagement. At CYK Hospitalities, we are committed to empowering our clients with tailored leasing solutions that unlock prime locations and drive profitability. Our relentless pursuit of excellence ensures that we remain at the forefront of shaping the future of the F&B industry.”

Nidhi Singh, Co-founder of Samosa Singh, said “CYK Hospitalities’ expert service in leasing has been instrumental in identifying ideal locations for our brand in Bengaluru. Their valuable insights and thorough research is commendable. We anticipate a long and fruitful association with them!”

As CYK Hospitalities continues to strengthen its leasing portfolio, it remains at the forefront of driving QSR expansion in India, unlocking opportunities for growth and innovation in the dynamic F&B landscape.

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