Hotel Investment Conference Africa 2013 to focus on growth and economic development

Southern Africa’s investment potential will take centre stage at the seventh annual Hotel Investment Conference Africa (HICA).  The conference is scheduled to take place ahead of the annual Tourism Indaba, at the Elangeni Hotel, in Durban, South Africa from 8 to 10 May 2013.

HICA is a premier business to business networking platform, which gathers local and international investors, property developers, hotel owners and operators annually to engage on Africa’s investment potential.  The conference is convened by South Africa’s Tourism Business Council (TBCSA), in partnership with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development and Tourism, Trade and Investment KwaZulu-Natal (TIKZN) and the KwaZulu-Natal Tourism Authority (TKZN).

The theme for HICA 2013 is “Shifting Gear”, and will focus on growth and economic development of the Southern African region.  In organising this conference, the TBCSA has partnered with Retosa, Regional Tourism Organisation of Southern Africa, to ensure greater representation of countries in the region.

“Although South Africa still presents a number of opportunities for investment, all indications are that more operators are seeking opportunities elsewhere in the continent and naturally Southern Africa as a region presents a good case for many investors” says Mmatšatši Ramawela, CEO of the TBCSA.

“Central to the discussions at HICA will be how we move beyond discussing issues of regional economic integration and start taking real action”, she added.

One of HICA’s signature sessions – the Ministerial Dialogue, will once again be led by our own Minister of Tourism, Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk.  The Minister is expected to be joined on the panel by his counterparts from Senegal, Mozambique and Zambia.

In addition to the participation of the three ministers from our immediate neighbouring countries in a ministerial dialogue, the three countries’ will be featured in the programme on various topics, highlighting their positive growth on the back of investment in the travel and tourism sectors.

From the private sector, financiers, top business leaders and hoteliers representing organisations such as the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), Sun International, Tsogo Sun Hotels, African Sun Hotel Group, The Preferred Hotel Group, Redefine International Hotels, Red Carnation Group, Rezidor Carlson Hotel Group and Protea Hotels are billed to speak at the conference.

To find out more about the HICA 2013 speaker line-up, download the programme and/or register, visitwww.hica.co.za. Early Bird Registration closes 5 April 2013.

Author: Muzi Mohale

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