Now in its fifth year, AHIF brought together 500-plus leading international hotel investors, local operators, ministers, government officials and industry experts from around 40 countries.
The immediate good news came from ForwardKeys, which monitors future travel patterns by analysing 14 million reservation transactions each day. Its analysis showed there was an increase of 6.4% in international arrivals in September in Sub-Saharan Africa. The upturn marked a turning point after the Ebola outbreak, which had wiped out four years of strong growth.
Flight bookings for the next six months suggest a sustained recovery. The data shows arrivals on-the-book (bookings for travel in future) from October 2015 to March 2016 are now running 4% ahead, compared with the same period last year.