AviaDev and AHIL conference to address issues facing travel in Africa


In October, AviaDev Africa conference will be happening in Rwanda’s capital –Kigali. The conference which has been planned to spur discussions on the future air connectivity in Africa while marginally reinforcing the cooperation between the hotel and airline businesses. The conference was welcomed by Wolfgang M. Neumann, President and CEO of The Rezidor Hotel Group. Wolfgang, CEO of one of the world’s leading hotel chains, will also be partaking in a panel discussion which is centered on tourism infrastructure in Africa at the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) which will be hosted alongside the AviaDev Africa. It is expected that the event will attract and converge top-level international investors, business leaders, industry experts, government ministers and officials, from around the globe.

An estimated thirty airlines, forty airports, and over five hundred representatives will be present at the inaugural conference of about 1,000 meetings. This means, visitors should have a great expectation to engaging their needed stakeholders and also to expand their network. The twin conferences which is organized by Bench Events, is designed to offer a platform for airports, airlines, governments and tourism authorities to plan future air connectivity in Africa and to discuss those plans with the hospitality industry. Additionally, economic development hurdles in the region will be discussed as the threat of terrorism and disease outbreak like Ebola has affected the sector.

Matthew Weihs, Bench Events Managing Director, said: “Hosting these two co-ordinated events provides a unique opportunity for everyone involved in the aviation and hotel industries. We have some exceptional speakers, as well as plenty of opportunities for networking and forming mutually beneficial partnerships.” Information from International Air Transport Association

(IATA) has it that there is a strong potential of growth for Africa in regards to aviation and these events (AviaDev and AHIF) will include 7 of the top 10 fastest growing aviation markets. Also, Bench events has outlined three key areas that could help the continent’s aviation and tourism industries achieve their full potential, in the face of Africa’s broad economic challenges which include falling commodity prices, slowing consumer consumption and lower growth. The three key areas are: reducing aviation fuel taxes, resolving airline revenue repatriation, and developing a single African passport. Matthew Weihs said: “Air fuel in Africa can cost up to 2.5 times the world average.” He added that, “There’s no easy solution to this issue, but it could have catastrophic consequences for aviation markets and set them back many years.”

AHIF and AviaDev take place at the Radisson Blu Hotel & Convention Centre in Kigali from 4-6 October 2016.


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