Dear Participants of the “3rd Annual Africa Hotel Expansion Summit”
I would like to express my gratitude for your participation in Lnoppen’s “3rd Annual Africa Hotel Expansion Summit”. It was a great pleasure meeting you at the conference, and seeing the vibrant interactions that took place on site. We were honored to host parties flying in from around the region, to discuss the current situation how we can work together to create a beneficial future and boost the industry.
During the two day conference, 31 eminent speakers shared numerous presentations and their visions with the delegates. Various discussion panels provided the most valuable insight and opinions to answer questions regarding the ways to develop different aspects of the hospitality industry in Africa. Both domestic and international experts evaluated current conditions, analyzed strengths & weaknesses and emphasized opportunities to develop the market further.
I would like to start expressing my gratitude by thanking Mr. Hon. Folorunsho Folarin Coker, Hon Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture at Lagos State Government and Ms. Sally Mbanefo, Director General at NTDC – Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation for supporting this event, I would also extend my sincere thanks to Mrs. Chika Balogun, Director General at National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism for chairing this conference.
Moreover, my deepest thanks and appreciations to the speakers for their tireless contributions, exclusive knowledge, expert insight, and unique presentations:
ØMs. Sally Mbanefo, Director General at Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation
ØHon. Folorunsho Folarin Coker, Hon Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture at Lagos State Government
ØMs. Adun Okupe, Consultant at W Hospitality Group
ØMr. Tomilola Akingbogun, Managing Director at Hotel Rosebud and President at Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria
ØMr. Dipo Adebo, Director at DAA Architects Limited
ØMr. Mohammed Akanbi, Key Accounts Manager – Projects at Grohe West Africa
ØDr. Wasiu Babalola, General Manager for West Africa at Swiss International Hotels & Resorts, Switzerland
ØMr. Andrew Lindwood, Head of Design at Areen Hospitality Design
ØMr. Adedayo Osholowu, VP Deal Origination Africa, Middle East & Turkey, Imisi Partners, Nigeria
ØMr. Denhard Jongman, Business and Partner Development Manager at NEC Enterprise Solutions
ØMrs. Chika Balogun, Director General at National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism
ØMr. Joe Oladipo, Managing Director at Terenga Limited
ØMr. Vikas Mehra, National Sales Manager, Contract Sales at Lucky Fibres Plc. (Nobel)
ØMr. Adeniyi Adeleye, Executive Director at Stanbic IBTC Capital Lagos Nigeria | Head Managing Director of Real Estate Finance (West Africa) Standard Bank Group
ØMr. Feras Zeidan, Manager Smart Building at Avaya
ØMr. Badaki Aliyu Ajayi, National President at Hospitality & Tourism Management Association of Nigeria
ØMr. Kayhan Çakanel, Founder, Msc Architect at EFEKTA Architects
ØMr. Alexandre Masraff, Director InSCeHo Certification Program at InSCeHo Certification Program
ØMr. Taiwo Oyedele, Head of Tax, PwC Nigeria and Tax Leader,West Africa Market at PricewaterhouseCoopers
ØMrs. Bola Bamidele, Senior Investment Advisor, IFC – International Finance Corporation
Their presentations spoke to the heart of the main issues facing the industry and their eagerness to build the industry is commendable. Furthermore, I want to extend my gratitude to our other chairmen & panelists of the event for their insight on evaluating the current situation, analyzing the current problems, and providing their solution alternatives in detail.
ØMr. Tunji Abdul, CEO, Dreamspaces Development
ØMr. Selim El Zein, Associate Director | Head of Hotel Asset Management | Hotels & Resorts | MENA at Colliers
ØMr. Richard Shaw, Managing Partner at Senga Bay Capital
ØMr. Faruk Aliyu, Managing Director , CEO at Shelter Suites & Hotels Limited
ØMr. Trevor J. Ward, Managing Director at W Hospitality Nigeria
ØMr. Panos Loupasis, Vice President Development – Middle East & Africa at Wyndham Hotel Group
ØMr. Ronald Egelman, Director of Development Middle East & Africa, IHG
ØMr. Bruce Prins, Operations Director at Moorhouse Properties Limited
ØMr. Michael Cooper, Vice President Development Sub Saharan Africa at Hilton Worldwide International
ØMr. Tejas Shah, Development Director Sub-Saharan Africa at Hyatt International
ØMrs. Ester Tola Ajayi, Managing Director at Odua Investment Company Ltd
Last but not least, I want to thank to all our sponsors: Grohe, Nobel, Orwood, Avaya, NEC Enterprise Solutions, Arc International, Zahanis, Kohler, Porcelanosa, Bosch and Daikin for their contributions HATMAN, Institute of Hospitality Nigeria, HDECS and Nobound for their support in realizing this event.
Again, thank you for your valuable participation, I have no doubt that your presence and involvement directly contributed to the overall success of this meaningful event. We will keep you abreast of our upcoming industry events and I am earnestly looking forward to meeting with you again.