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Advancing Africa’s connectivity. AviaDev 2017 event report

The second AviaDev Africa took place in Kigali, Rwanda 10-12 October 2017. Attended by 140 aviation professionals, the event delivered a conference programme providing a toolkit for route development in Africa, interactive, knowledge sharing workshops and facilitated over 500 one-to-one meetings.

AviaDev Africa is designed to catalyse connectivity to, from and within Africa and takes place alongside the Africa Hotel Investment Forum. As far as we know, we are the only forum globally connecting the aviation and hospitality industry for mutual benefit. Airlines can gather intel on where future hotels will be built, whilst hotel operators and investors can understand the network expansion plans if the airlines, plus meet airports that offer hotel development opportunities onsite.

AviaDev began on the Monday with a social outreach programme. AviaDev have a partnership with UTB Rwanda and delivered an afternoon of lectures to over 200 students studying for aviation diplomas.

The conference was officially opened by the Hon James Musoni, Minister of Infrastructure, against the backdrop of the new Bugesera airport that is currently under construction some 38 Kilometers outside of Kigali and the continued fleet and network expansion of the national carrier, RwandAir.

AviaDev was graced by the presence of Ato Girma Wake, former CEO of Ethiopian Airlines and former Chairman, RwandAir. Our first session was a one-on-one interview with Girma and Jon Howell, MD and founder of AviaDev. Girma was also the recipient of a lifetime achievement award for his services to African route development.

We then moved into a session discussing how to harness the power of e-commerce, provided by Travel Commerce Solutions.

Sabine Reim, SVP at InterVISTAS consulting group and formerly a network planner at British Airways, then took us through what an airline wants to hear from an airport when considering new air services and how to improve stakeholder collaboration to drive new air services, before we then heard from Cape Town Air Access and how they have galvanised their stakeholders to attract over 10 new routes in the last 2 years.

The final morning session concerned airport infrastructure in Africa and the financing of the projects. There were 3 different examples on the stage. Zambia opted for government investment, Rwanda a PPP and Zimbabwe received Chinese loans. It seems that PPP may be the model for future airport development in Africa.

The afternoon was spent in the pre-arranged one-to-one meeting sessions, before the final conference sessions of the day. These included a presentation from AviAssist on the role safety plays in the route development process before we heard from 2 new airline entrants, JetWest and then Jet Afrique, who outlined their plans ahead of launch in the West African market.

Day two saw the AviaDev delegates join their hotel counterparts for the opening of the Africa Hotel Investment forum. The Prime Minister of Rwanda officially opened the conference, before a keynote from leading African economist, Daniel Silke. Forwardkeys presented the bright outlook for African air travel bookings before we moved into a session looking at the link between aviation and hospitality, moderated by Adefunke Adeyemi from IATA.

The final conference sessions for AviaDev included a session hosted by Sabre discussing how to harness the power of data to make better network planning decisions, before the final session which saw a panel of 7 delegates discussing the viability of national carriers in Africa. We closed the conference with the signing of an MoU announcing the opening of an aviation safety promotion school in Rwanda and an afternoon of further one-to-one meetings.

AviaDev exists as a deal-making forum and we know of at least one new route that will be launched as a result of the meetings. Every element of the event is designed to provide education, stimulate debate and ultimately create new business opportunities. The location of the 2018 edition will be announced by the end of 2017 and we look forward to playing our part in Advancing Africa's connectivity.

Press Releases

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19 Jun 2017 AviaDev Africa Will Challenge the Status Quo
07 Sep 2016 Rezidor’s CEO hails inaugural AviaDev conference that will discuss issues facing travel in Africa
12 Jul 2016 NEWS RELEASE: AHIF to probe crucial issues for hotel investment in Africa -Raising capital l Africa as an investment destination l Infrastructure l Political and security risk
11 Jul 2016 State of hotel investment in Africa: headwinds and opportunities
11 Jul 2016 JLL appoints investment banking expert Philip Ward as EMEA CEO of its Hotels & Hospitality Group
11 Jul 2016 CityBlue Hotels Appoints Vernon Page as COO
11 Jul 2016 CityBlue Hotels to Open Property in Bujumbura, Burundi
11 Jul 2016 HOTELIER PROGRAM 1000 ROOMS IN TOGO
11 Jul 2016 Starwood set to debut Four Points by Sheraton brand in Tanzania with two hotel signings
11 Jul 2016 Carlson Rezidor announces its 3rd hotel in Mauritius
11 Jul 2016 Carlson Rezidor continues to lead Africa’s hotel pipeline
11 Jul 2016 Carlson Rezidor launches Quorvus Collection in Africa welcoming The Emerald Grand Hotel & Spa, Lagos
11 Jul 2016 Carlson Rezidor enters Zimbabwe with Radisson
13 Jun 2016 Africa Hotel Investment - Cairo and Cape Town on Top
03 Jun 2016 AHIF: Togo sets pace for new era of growth
10 May 2016 Ibis Styles is number one brand for planned hotels in Africa
05 May 2016 Summer flight bookings to Africa - 6% ahead of last year
28 Apr 2016 YCI to Partner with Bench Events to Bolster Ambitious Growth Plans
25 Apr 2016 So how much does it cost to build a hotel in Africa? New report sheds light on cost per key across the regions...
11 Apr 2016 Hotel development in Africa jumps 30% to 64,000 rooms
29 Mar 2016 New dates for AHIF in Togo: 21-22 June
17 Feb 2016 Togo’s Prime Minister Will Attend AHIF
03 Feb 2016 AviaDev Africa - Ready For Take-off - Unique opportunity to connect aviation and hotel sectors
14 Jan 2016 Togo To Host Additional AHIF in 2016
17 Nov 2015 Hotel development on the horizon for Cameroon
01 Oct 2015 Revealed – The Top Ten Hotel Investment Opportunities in Africa
01 Oct 2015 Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts to debut in East Africa with upscale Kenya property.
01 Oct 2015 Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts to open first Cote d’Ivoire property in 2018.
01 Oct 2015 Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts steps up African expansion campaign with three new Sub-Saharan properties.
01 Oct 2015 Hotel Real Estate Sector in Africa Set for Strong Growth
30 Sep 2015 Marriott International Opens First Marriott Executive Apartments Property In Africa
30 Sep 2015 Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts inks landmark deal for its first property in dynamic Nigeria.
30 Sep 2015 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Accelerates Growth In Africa And Indian Ocean With Seven New Deals
30 Sep 2015 Carlson Rezidor further expands its strong presence in Africa
30 Sep 2015 Hilton Worldwide Announces Agreement for Hilton Awassa Resort & Spa, Ethiopia
28 Sep 2015 Outlook bright for African hotels as steady growth gets underway
14 Sep 2015 Travel to Lagos Bounces Back
04 Sep 2015 Africa’s Highest Hotel Price Point is Addis
27 Aug 2015 International Hoteliers Bet on Lagos
30 Jul 2015 Doing business in Africa - The challenges and opportunities
08 Jul 2015 Rwanda to host Africa Hotel Investment Forum in 2016
25 Jun 2015 Hilton Heads Hotel Development Boom in Africa
24 Jun 2015 Hilton Heads Hotel Development Boom in Africa
03 Jun 2015 Hotel Development in Africa Accelerates to 50,000 Rooms
11 May 2015 Hotel Industry Leaders Highlight Ten Priorities for Growth in Africa
03 Feb 2015 Government and Industry Leaders Express High Expectations of Hotel Investment Forum
03 Feb 2015 Brian Nourollahi appointed GM to manage the first Marriott branded Hotel in Sub Saharan Africa
11 Jan 2015 AHIF returns to Addis for 2015
02 Oct 2014 New Signings and Modular Room See Hilton Worldwide Set the Pace in Africa
01 Oct 2014 Best Western International Inc., announces BEST WESTERN PLUS Abyssinia and BEST WESTERN Noah Hotels in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
30 Sep 2014 Accor, leading player in Africa, carries on its development on the continent.
30 Sep 2014 Mangalis Unveils New Hospitality Solutions for the Fast Growing African Market and Beyond
30 Sep 2014 Jumeirah Group appoints Aboudi Asali to head MEASA Development Team
30 Sep 2014 Marriott International's Commitment to Expansion Across Africa Gathers Momentum
30 Sep 2014 IHG Expands in Africa with First Hotel in Ethiopia
30 Sep 2014 Worldhotels Enters into Sub-Saharan Africa
02 Sep 2014 Ethiopia – a Destination Crying Out for New Hotels
23 Jul 2014 Business Leaders Share Tips for Doing Business in Africa
02 Jul 2014 AHIF Programme Is Reaching New Heights
02 Jun 2014 Africa Hotel Investment Forum 2014 (AHIF) moves to Addis Ababa
14 May 2014 Carlson Rezidor Leads the Race to Build Hotels in Africa
15 Apr 2014 Hotel Development Pipeline in Sub-Saharan Africa Overtakes the North
03 Mar 2014 Hotel Partners Africa Launches Recruitment Service
27 Feb 2014 Hotel Sector Set to Create 320,000 New Jobs in Africa
25 Feb 2014 AHIF Returns to Nairobi
01 Oct 2013 African hospitality group Mangalis to invest €315m developing hotels in Africa
28 Sep 2013 Kempinski Hotels focuses portfolio expansion on Africa
25 Sep 2013 Hotel Industry Takes a Stand Against Poaching
24 Sep 2013 Travel & Tourism drives peace in the war against terrorism
23 Sep 2013 Nairobi Hotel Conference Proceeds as Planned
17 Sep 2013 Business Leaders Tweet the Secrets of their Success
13 Sep 2013 New African Hospitality Group to be Unveiled at AHIF
02 Sep 2013 Africa is a Giant Complex Game of Monopoly
30 Jul 2013 Latest Research Reveals Promising Future for Africa Despite Challenges
17 Jul 2013 Phyllis Kandie Becomes Patron of AHIF
07 May 2013 International Hotel Industry Welcomes New Kenyan Administration
20 Feb 2013 AHIF Returns to Kenya
09 Jan 2013 Investor Confidence High Following AHIF
04 Sep 2012 Oxford Professor Identifies Africa as a New Investment Hot Spot
20 Aug 2012 AHIF Will Confront Difficult Issues
09 Aug 2012 What Does It Take To Do a Hotel Deal in Africa?
23 Jul 2012 Why the Smart Money’s on Hotels in Africa
28 Jun 2012 How to Make It in the Hotel Business: AHIF Programme Launched
17 May 2012 In Sub Saharan Africa - Hotel Development Takes Off
14 Apr 2012 New Minister Becomes Patron of the Africa Hotel Investment Forum
29 Mar 2012 Hoteliers Bet on Booming Africa
10 Feb 2012 Kenya Lures Africa Hotel Investment Forum to Nairobi
22 Nov 2011 Bench Events Announces the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF)