AHIF: Togo sets pace fornew era of growth

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In the run-up to the first Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF)in Lomé, the organiser, Bench Events, has praised Togo’s commitment to far-reaching infrastructure improvements destined to boost economic growth andtransform the country intoa strategic transport hub in west Africa.

Matthew Weihs, Bench Events managing director, said: “We’re very pleased to be hosting an additional AHIF in Togo at this decisive time, as thecountry embraces a number of important projects that will enhance its standing as a significant investment destination”.

Among the new projects are the newly-opened terminal at Lomé International Airport andthe landmark Radisson Blu Hotel du 2 Févrierwhich will host the AHIFconference, as well as the major expansion of the capital’s sea port in the coming years.

AHIF conferences bring together high-profile, international investors, business leaders, government ministers and top officials from across Africa and will include the Prime Minister of Togo,Komi SélomKlassou.

Matthew added: “We are looking forward to an exciting AHIF in Lomé. Togo has dynamic plans to develop and expand trade and tourism and AHIF will provide an excellent platform for delegates to discuss the way ahead.  Our conference programme is packed with influential speakers who will share their insights on highly topical issues and we’re looking forward to some lively and enlightening discussions.”

Togo attracts a variety of visitors keen to explore its beautiful scenery and enjoy its tropical climate. Figures from the World Travel and Tourism Council show that travel and tourism directly accounted for 3.1% of total GDP in 2014 and was forecast to rise by 6% in 2015, and by a further 2.2% each year from 2015 to 2025. On a wider analysis, the total contribution of travel and tourism to GDP was 6.7% in 2014 and was forecast to rise by 5.4% by the end of 2015.

The conference will take place on June 21-22 and to see the full AHIF Togo programme, visit:



About The Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF)
AHIF is the premier hotel investment conference in Africa, attracting many prominent international hotel owners, investors, financiers, management companies and their advisers. It is organised by Bench Events, who have a long track record of delivering the leading hotel investment events across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.  (www.benchevents.com),

Sponsors of AHIF Togo 2016 are: Host Partners: Ministry of Commerce, Industry, Private Sector Promotion and Tourism of Togo and Group Kalyan; Platinum sponsors: AccorHotels; Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, Hilton Worldwide, Marriott Hotels International and Rwanda Development Board; Gold Sponsors: Afreximbank; Areen Hospitality Interior Design; BanqueOuestAfricaine de Developpement, Colliers International, DEG; France Kitchen; Horwath HTL; Hotel Partners Africa; Hotelier Interiors; HVS; Hyatt; JLL; Kempinski Hotels; KinzaYapi; Louvre Hotels Group; Onlime Business Communications; Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc.; STR Global; Swiss Education Group and Wyndham Hotel Group. ASKY Airlines are the official Airline Partner of AHIF Togo 2016.

For further information and high resolution images, please visit http://www.africa-conference.com or contact:

Sophie Luis +44 (0) 7961 145 787, sophie.luis@tarsh.com.

David Tarsh +44 (0) 20 7602 5262, david@tarsh.com.




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