Hilton leads Africa hotels race

Hilton is leading the race to develop new hotels in Africa with 7,250 rooms in its pipeline, spread over 29 new properties, 18% up on the previous year.

This is one of the outcomes of the Hotel Chain Development Pipeline Survey, produced by Lagos-based consultancy W Hospitality Group. AfricaBusiness.com reports that the research also shows that Carlson Rezidor, with 6,953 new rooms in development spread across 32 hotels, is the runner-up in Africa. Marriott is in third place with 6,412 rooms in its pipeline spread over 36 new properties, 22% up on 2014.

Marriott has the largest number of hotels (36) in their pipeline, followed by Carlson Rezidor with 32 and Hilton with 29.

Best Western has 12 new hotels in its pipeline, but the average size of hotel is lower, at 93 rooms. Kempinski and Fairmont (Raffles, Fairmont and Swissotel) focus on large, luxury hotels in Africa.

According to W Hospitality Group, the best opportunities lie in the midscale segment, and in hotels that are easier to develop. Hilton has launched a modular build solution for upcoming Garden Inn projects in Africa, with modular guest rooms and hallways built in the factory, ensuring guarantees of cost and quality, as well as enabling faster development.

Further reading on africabusiness.com

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