Dear Participants of the “4th Annual Africa Hotel Expansion Summit & Hospitality Round Table 2016”
I would like to express my gratitude for your participation in “4th Annual Africa Hotel Expansion Summit & Hospitality Round Table 2016”. 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, 27 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 Hon. Major General Gaudence Milanzi, Perm. Secretary, United Republic of Tanzania Ministry of Natural Resources & Tourism for supporting this event, I would also extend my sincere thanks to Mr. Meelis Kuuskler, Founder & Managing Director, HD Partnership for chairing this conference.
Moreover, my deepest thanks and appreciations to the speakers for their tireless contributions, exclusive knowledge, expert insight, and unique presentations:
ØMajor Gen. Gaudence Milanzi, Permanent Secretary, United Republic of Tanzania Ministry of Natural Resources & Tourism
ØAdun Okupe, Consultant, W Hospitality Group
ØVernon Page, Chief Operating Officer, CityBlue Hotels
ØAmaechi Ndili, President & Chief Executive Officer, Lionstone Group & Golden Tulip West Africa Hospitality Group
ØVictor Schoone, Country Manager Middle East, Roca Sanitario S.A.
ØJean Byamugisha, CEO, Uganda Hotel Owners Association
ØAndrew Linwood, Head of Hospitality Design, Areen Hospitality
ØAmin Merali, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Neptune Hotels
ØOmar Dulimi, Director, Orwood
ØStuart Cook, Managing Director, Protea Hotels Marriott
ØSamantha Annandale, General Manager, Verde Hotels
ØMeelis Kuuskler, Founder & Managing Director, HD Partnership
ØMartin R. Goldmann, Managing Director & Founder, A-Spa
ØJean – Claude Mcmenamin, Cluster General Manager, Pearlsun Hotels
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.
ØDismas Simba, Lodge Manager, Serena Hotels
ØSirili Akko, Chief Executive Officer, Tanzania Association of Tour Operators
ØGlenn Stutchbury, Chief Executive Officer, Cresta Hotels
ØNadine Atallah, Operations Director, Sea Cliff Hotels
ØDieter Prachner, General Manager, Ramada Resort Dar Es Salaam, Wyndham Hotel Group
ØSelim El Zein, Associate Director, Colliers International
ØPaolo Rosso, Vice President, Plan Hotels
ØNorman Wallace, Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec
ØYasin Munshi, Business Development Director, Minor International
ØFaruk Aliyu, Managing Director, Shelter Suites & Hotels Limited
ØMark Dunford, Vice President, Hotels & Hospitality Group, Sub – Saharan Africa, JLL
ØAlexis Janoray, Vice President Sub – Saharan Africa, Accor Hotels
ØShamiza Ratansi, Managing Partner, ATZ Law Chambers
Last but not least, I want to thank to all our sponsors: Orwood, Roca Spanish Tiles, Daikin, Talinda East Africa and MMI Tanzania for their contributions HD Partnership, Uganda Hotel Owners Association, JNICC and Southern Sun Hotels 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.