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Johannesburg, South Africa, 09 September 2015: It’s all systems go for sub-Saharan Africa’s premier hospitality investment conference, the 2015 Hospitality Investment Conference Africa (“HICA”), which kicked-off this morning at the Hilton Hotel in Johannesburg.

HICA is a business-to-business networking platform, which gathers leading hospitality professionals from across the sub-Saharan Africa region, along with international hoteliers, investors, hotel developers, operators, senior public sector leaders and officials. The aim of the conference is to provide a platform where the industry leaders can debate and engage on investment and developmental issues within the hotel, resort, mixed-use, real estate and tourism industries.

The conference is hosted by the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (“TBCSA”) in partnership with Pam Golding Hospitality, AfriHIC Events Company and Hospitality Investment Partners Africa, with the support of lead sponsors, Hilton Worldwide, Marriott International and Starwood Hotels.

Proceedings have already begun with an official welcome and opening remarks by HICA Conference Chair and TBCSA CEO, Mmatšatši Ramawela. This was followed by a presentations on Africa’s perspective of the global economy by renowned independent political analyst, Daniel Silke. Currently, the delegates are tuned in to a presentation on regional and global hotel performance by the global CEO of commercial real estate advisory firm Jones Lang LaSalle, Mark Wynne-Smith.

“Whilst the theme of this year’s conference theme is centred on around the concept of achieving growth through partnership, we’ve opted to open the conference with two insightful discussions around the industry performance and the state of the global economy. These are two crucial issues, given the volatile state of the global economic environment right now”.

Other notable sessions on to come include: a plenary session on mitigating risk in Africa’s hotel development and operational cycle; a discussion focussed on transacting and conducting business in Africa, moderated by author and Africa business specialist, Victor Kgomoeswana; As well as a session focussed on the investment opportunities in East Africa – one of the continent’s biggest and fastest growing regional economies.

  • Speakers participating in the above-mentioned sessions as panel members include:
  • Raphael Kuuchi, Vice-President of the International Air Transport Association (“IATA”)
  • Wivine Mumba Matipa, Director-General of the National Agency for Investment Promotion (ANAPI), from the Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Adrian Gardiner, CEO and Founder of The Mantis Collection, which owns and manages hotel properties in different parts of the world

Today’s programme also features sector-specific sessions that cover topical issues ranging from skills development in the session titled ‘Balancing Human Resources Development in the Growth Model’, ‘Social Media as the Front-Line of Marketing’ and ever-topical issue of ‘Management Contracts and Lease Agreements’.

“All in all, we have put together a ‘jam-packed’ programme, not only for today but the next two days as well”. Ramawela said.

Walk-ins and late registrations are being processed onsite, at the conference venue. For more details about the conference programme, details about the different sessions or to view the profiles of the speakers, visit www.hica.co.za. Follow the conversations through the HICA Twitter handle @hica07, using #hica2015 or through the HICA 2015 Facebook page.

In addition to the lead sponsors, HICA 2015 is hosted with the support and sponsorship of the following organisations: South African Tourism (networking lunch sponsor); RateGain Travel Technologies (networking refreshments sponsor)’ Gigima (technology); Four Seasons, The Westcliff Hotel, IDC, Connecting Travel and Hotel Facility Concepts (social events sponsors); HNN, Channel Africa and Africa.com (media partners)

mmatsatsi-ramawela           daniel-silke

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