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Africa hotels set for 30 per cent growth in 2016

Sub-Saharan region fuelling growth, with planned hotels representing a 42 per cent rise on 2015

Pictured: Trevor Ward, W Hospitality Group managing director

The number of planned hotel rooms in Africa has soared by 30 per cent, with sub-Saharan Africa driving the growth.

About 64,000 rooms in 365 hotels are planned this year, according to new figures from the annual W Hospitality Group Hotel Chain Development Pipeline Survey. Sub-Sahara hotels are growing by 42.1 per cent, significantly outstripping North Africa, which achieved only a modest 7.5 per cent increase.

The report tells of a "major shake-up" of rankings, which saw Angola, never before listed in the top 10, push Egypt out of second place following a major deal with AccorHotels.

Trevor Ward, W Hospitality Group managing director, said: “The evidence from our survey is clear - investors remain confident about the future of the hospitality industry on the continent. Even when pummelled daily by low commodity prices, exchange rate problems, political challenges and poor infrastructure, Africa remains resilient.”

The results will be presented at the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF), on 21-22 June.

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