Hilton Worldwide is setting its sights on Africa, with a goal of doubling its operations across the continent in the next 3-5 years, according to a recent press release by the group. There are numerous proposed developments in the pipeline in Africa for Hilton, building on the 39 existing hotels they already operate in the region and eventually bringing the total number to 80 by 2021. The announcement was made at the African Hotel Investment Forum in October of 2016, where senior vice president of development for the group outlined plans to continue the group’s 50 year presence on the continent.
The group’s first planned opening will be an innovative modular hotel, the first of its kind in Africa. The new project will be a 280 key Hilton Garden Inn in the Ghanaian capital of Accra. Hilton first debuted this type of construction in 2014, and it is a result of a partnership with manufacturers CIMC, who design and construct the modular systems in a factory before then shipping them to their destination to be assembled en masse on site. This method is ideal for encouraging hotel development in emerging markets, as it is efficient, economic and ensures quality control.
Also a result of the AHIF conference of past October was the signing of a new hotel in Lagos, Nigeria. The 350 guest room and suite hotel will be located at Lagos’ Murtala Muhammed International Airport and is slated to open in 2023. Lagos is a key tourist destination in Africa, and one of the fastest growing cities in the world. The hotel will meet the growing demands of the airport, which is set to see business, local and international travel increase in the coming years. The hotel will cater to this specific clientele by including meeting, conference, event and executive facilities.
But their plans don’t stop there; Hilton’s celebratory 50th property on the continent will be a part of Africa’s tallest development, which also includes an office block and residential, retail and entertainment complexes in Nairobi’s Upper Hill area. The Kenyan capital is key to Hilton’s strategy in the area, as it is one of Africa’s fastest growing economies and has strong growth across a variety of sectors, including tourism.
Hilton Worldwide has the following hotel projects to be completed in Africa. This data is provided by TOPHOTELPROJECTS; all project details including suppliers and contacts can be found on their database:
Hilton Garden Inn MBABANE (Top image)
The new build hotel will be located in the centre of Mbabane, the adminstrative capital and largest city in Swaziland. Located on Mhlambanyatsi Road, the main arterial route serving the city centre, the hotel will be situated in the CBD and ideally positioned for local and international travellers. The hotel will also feature some 245 square meters of dedicated event space with 105 square meters of pre-function space, as well as a large fitness centre and outdoor swimming pool.
HILTON CAIRO NILE MAADI (Bottom image)
The Hilton Cairo Nile Maadi will form part of the mixed use project “Secon Nile Towers”.
The mixed-use project comprises two towers.
Consisting of 23 floors, each tower is 72 meters high.The first one is a residential tower and the second is the Hilton Caireo Nile Maadi, featuring a luxurious reception hall, restaurants, cafes, meeting rooms, health club & business facilities.
Kampala Hilton Hotel
The hotel will have guest rooms and presidential suites, spas, swimming pools, beauty saloons, a business centre, large garden pools and a squire ballroom.