Forum de l’Investissement Hôtelier Africain

23-25 March 2020 – Sofitel Abidjan Hotel Ivoire, Côte d'Ivoire


23-25 March 2020 – Côte d'Ivoire


24 March 2020

At-a-glance →

08:00 - 09:00


08:45 - 09:00

Welcome Remarks

Jean Perrochon
Commercial Director, Bench Events

09:00 - 09:30

Macroeconomic Overview

An overview of the economic outlook for Africa.

09:30 - 10:00

Ministerial Panel

What reforms, strategies and initiatives are being developed by the region’s governments to encourage investment and drive growth in the tourism and hospitality sectors?

M. Siandou Fofana
Ministre du Tourisme et des Loisirs, Côte d'Ivoire

Kossivi Egbetonyo
Ministre de la Culture, du Tourisme et des Loisirs, République Togolaise

10:00 - 10:30

Tourism and Connectivity

A discussion with stakeholders from the Aviation industry on their visions and strategies for the development of the region’s travel and tourism sectors.

10:30 - 11:00

Hotel Performance in Africa

Thomas Emanuel
Director, STR

Philippe Gauguier
Partner and Co-Director, In Extenso Tourism, Culture & Hospitality (IE TCH)

11:00 - 11:30



11:30 - 12:00

Global Consumer Trends

Analysis of recent global consumer trends, and their impact on the African hospitality sector.

12:00 - 12:30

The Operator's Panel

What are the strategies for leading operators in the region?

Philippe Doizelet
Managing Partner, Horwath HTL

In conversation with:

Karim Cheltout
Regional Vice President - Development, Africa, Marriott International

Réda Faceh
Vice President Development Northern & Western Africa, Accor

12:30 - 13:00

The APO Interview

Hosted by

Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard
Founder & Chairman, APO Group

13:00 - 14:00



14:00 - 17:30



Join us for round table ‘brainstorming sessions’ with your fellow attendees. These sessions allow you to meet new contacts and share ideas; a great ice-breaker and an excellent way to gain industry knowledge. Network, demonstrate your expertise to potential partners and gain insight from industry leaders in an intimate setting. Each table will be hosted by several industry experts who will lead the discussion.

14:00 - 15:00

Round Tables I

Regional Focus
A look at the regional nuances of the African continent – What is the performance and pipeline of these very different markets? Where are the investment opportunities and what are the challenges to be aware of? What you need to know about hotel investment, development and operation in these regions.

Room A: North Africa

Room B: Francophone West Africa

Room C: Anglophone West Africa

Ewan Cameron
Director – Africa, Westmont Hospitality

Trevor Ward
Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

15:15 - 16:15

Round Tables II

Room A:
Hotel Development
A detailed discussion on the 5 major stages of a hotel project. What partners do you need for each phase, and what are the risks to be identified?

  1. Development Planning
  2. Assembling the development team
  3. Feasibility study
  4. Project implementation and operation
  5. Management and closure

Room B:
How to invest in hospitality
Understanding the risks, challenges, particularities and realities of investing in hospitality in Africa. What judicial, fiscal and financial aspects do investors need to be aware of?

Olivier Petit
Partner, In Extenso Tourism, Culture & Hospitality

16:30 - 17:30

Round Tables III

Topics TBC

18:30 - 21:00