Transforming African Hospitality
Through Global Partnerships

4-5 DEC 2024

Dubai, UAE

Past Speakers

Vibha Sawhney

Senior Director of Design & Construction Services

Kempinski Hotels

Andrew McLachlan

Senior Vice President Development, Sub-Saharan Africa

Radisson Hotel Group

Mohamed Belkhodja

Head of Investments and Special Projects

Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority

Chadi Hauch

VP - Lodging Development MENA

Marriott International

Najee N. Syriani

Corporate Vice President – Projects


Dami Adepoju

Director Development - West Africa

Marriott International

Tattiana Veller

Managing Director

Stirling Hospitality Advisors

Elie Milky

Vice President Development - Middle East, Cyprus, Greece & Pakistan

Radisson Hotel Group

Réda Faceh

VP Development Northern & Western Africa


Fahad Al Fawaz


Al Hokair Hospitality

Maliha Nishat

Director, Interior Design, Global Design

Marriott International

Stephen Laucirica

Senior Director, Design & Engineering India, Middle East & Africa

IHG Hotels & Resorts

Adrian Hardwick Jones

VP - Design & Technical Services

Centara Hotels & Resorts

Manuel D. Schneider

Director of Investments

Boutique Group

Turab Saleem

Head of Hospitality, Tourism & Leisure – MENA


Amir Lababedi

Managing Director - MENA


Maya Ziadeh

Chief Development Officer, Premium Midscale & Economy - Middle East, Africa & Turkey



Vice President of Procurement India, Middle East, Africa & Turkey; Global Vice President of Procurement Pre-Opening


Jeremy Heyes

Managing Principal



Media & Supporting Partners

Event Numbers

Solution Providers
B2B Meetings

About our event

Africa hotel market is a promising one with an expected market surge from US$12.10bn in 2024 to US$14.83bn by 2028 with an impressive pipeline of over 92,000 rooms in 524 hotels, in 41 countries in Africa. As the tourism market is predicted to hit a value of whooping $731.4bn by 2032, Africa is the next big thing in the hospitality industry. HIS Africa brings a host of opportunities to this flourishing region by connecting top decision makers from some of the largest hotel brands and projects, with the innovative solution providers from across the globe. In addition, thought leaders and African hospitality business moguls will also come together to share their insights and experiences. With stringently pre-qualified delegates and globally renowned brands in attendance, the summit custom matches every business requirement to deliver Crafted Networking Excellence.

Who you will Meet?











Features of the event

Pre-Qualified Delegates

Global Suppliers

Distinguished Speakers

Network of Industry Associations

Prior Notification of Attendees

Strategized Networking

Influential Media

Customized Business Meetings

Dedicated Account Managers

Engaging Agenda

End-to-end Seamless Experience

Decision Makers Only Platform

Signature Meetings

The key offering of Summits organized by GBB are the pre-arranged, diligently curated B2B meetings scheduled for the delegates and suppliers. The invited delegates are pre-qualified based on a number of criteria including the projects represented, size of these projects, their decision-making capacity and the budgets to source. They then provide their project requirements which is carefully matched with the offerings of the renowned global suppliers attending the summit. This robust process ensures high-quality business matches, based on which the face-to-face meetings are organized with the help of dedicated account managers at the summit. Every meeting therefore is sure to be productive while leaving each attendee with long-term and valuable business network.


It’s a great chance so much time with the buyer, and it’s very important to maximize our presence in Saudi Arabia. It’s a great opportunity to interact with a lot of players in the business in a very short time and to have very effective conversations. If I had to do it in a different way, it would take me much more time and would be less effective, so I’m grateful for this chance

VP Global Marketing - Smart Buildings

We are a famous luxury experience brand, and I was here today to present our hospitality and real estate opportunities. I’m very happy about this experience. I had a chance to present what we do to the Saudi market, which is very important. We think that it is a great opportunity indeed, and I was very happy to be here and to have very interesting meetings. I would like to thank GBB for having me here. Everything was so well organized, and I’m really happy with the experience. I think it was highly professional but also very informal, and we were just very comfortable. We enjoyed it a lot! Thank you!

Tonino Lamborghini
COO Hospitality and Real Estate Development

Hospitality is booming in the region so it is definitely the right time to host such an event and bring together the hospitality leaders to discuss and to shape the future of the industry. It was a very good opportunity for the suppliers to meet the buyers, but at the same time, it was a good opportunity for the buyers to see the new innovations, technologies and products offered by the suppliers. I'm very happy to be a part of this event, and we are looking forward to the next one.

Leader Architecture and Design MENA

I am the segment marketing manager for Signify Saudi Arabia and it's been a pleasure to be here at the hospitality innovation summit. I believe it's a very well-organized event, and we have been talking to certain suppliers and end users over the past two days with a lot of nice engagement in terms of workshops plus one-to-one meetings. This is the first time that I am attending, and I think it's a good ROI for us. We have managed to have some useful discussions with end users and on projects that are happening in Saudi today. It's very exciting to be engaged like this. The panel discussions were really useful when we were talking about innovation, sustainability and I think it really connects with what Signify is doing globally in terms of innovation, bringing sustainability into our operations and also going into certain innovative technologies that can benefit the future of these projects and the sustainability part. I'm so happy to be there, super excited and looking forward to more engagements like this in the future. Thank you very much.

Segment Marketing Manager - Retail & Hospitality | Office & Industry and Market Intelligence Manager

This is my first time here in the Hospitality Innovation Summit and this has been a great experience for me, and I see a lot of opportunities. Hopefully, I get to come here many years to come, and I wish everyone the best of luck and we’ll do great! Thank you!

Gruppo Bounifante
VP of Sales

I’m very happy to be here today at the HIS 2023. It’s an amazing place where we can meet industry leaders.

Schneider Electric
MEA Hotel Segment Director

I am the CEO and founder of RKF Group from France. I appreciate so much the way that it is because I came here for the third time because each time I feel like it's increasing the level, the category and the qualification of the people attending the event, from both sides, buyers and suppliers. The quality of the connection and the organisation itself is really high-end.  And when you know the key people coming here and that's why I congratulate the organizer for bringing these people.

RKF Linen
CEO and Founder

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