Africa has become a one stop destination for travellers as it offers wildlife, luxury resorts, world class beaches to mention but a few things.
The Hilton brand made it's mark in Africa over 50 years ago with the opening Nile Hilton in 1959, followed by the Hilton Nairobi in 1969.
Rudi Jagersbacher, the Hilton President for Middle East, Africa and Turkey, said there were plans to open hotels in 14 other African countries, including Ghana, Tunisia, Botswana, Zambia, Swaziland, Uganda, Burundi, and Rwanda.
Properties in these countries are expected to open in the next 3 to 5 years.
With 40 hotels now open across Africa and 49 in the pipeline, they expect to double their portfolio of hotels on the continent during the next 5 years.
With the growing demand of travellers there needs to be more hotel rooms, transport and planes to adequately cater to their needs. The revenue opportunities are endless.
Hilton hope to create a number of job opportunities for locals, especially women. This comes after they appointed their first African General Manager at the Legend Hotel Lagos Airport recently.
The hotel chain has committed up to $50 million to support the growth of Hilton’s portfolio of hotels across Sub-Saharan Africa over the next 5 years. It is intended to support the conversion of existing trading hotels into Hilton’s system and are hoping to secure 100 conversion opportunities with about 15-20,000 rooms in the next 5 years.”