East African Hotel markets emerging from High Supply Growth Cycle

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Following a peak in the economic and hotel demand cycle in 2014, supply growth in East Africa has been at an unprecedented high level during the past three years. Demand fundamentals have been strong in a region which has experienced the highest level of economic growth in Africa in recent years. Yet supply growth, with […]

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JLL forecasts improved hotel sector performance for Sub-Saharan Africa in 2018

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We at JLL Sub-Saharan Africa forecast an improved hotel performance and investment climate in Sub-Saharan Africa for 2018, with the budget and midmarket segments showing the strongest demand fundamentals. Global investor interest is likely to increase with a search for yield in a long global real estate cycle, as well as demand for platform investments […]

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Critical investment lessons for the Sub-Saharan Africa hotel sector

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Allan Wantenaar, Associate at JLL’s Hotels & Hospitality Group, shares learnings from the 2017 Spotlight on Africa – Hotels Overview report that are driving a deeper understanding and more moderate approach to hospitality investment on the continent. A decade of change Was Sub-Saharan Africa ready for the past supply cycle? Ten years ago, the positive outlook […]

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Is ‘affordable’ housing in Sub-Saharan Africa being appropriately addressed?

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Is the current supply of ‘affordable’ housing within Sub-Saharan Africa appropriately addressing the housing deficit?  As part of JLL’s commitment to improving transparency in Sub-Saharan African (“SSA”) real estate markets, JLL’s Strategic Consulting team has been investigating the status of the affordable housing sector in the region. The issue of housing affordability is a source […]

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Sustainability in Africa: Towards a New Energy Future

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Following the recently concluded World Economic Forum on Africa, in beautiful Kigali, Rwanda, I can’t help but share my thoughts on the ‘Towards a New Energy Future Session’. Watching the live stream from Nairobi, I had several “AHA!” moments, which left me inspired and optimistic about Africa’s energy future. In the next 35 years, power […]

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Closing Impressions: 2016 WEF Africa

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Why is Africa of growing importance to JLL? While different African economies are at different stages of development, the continent as a whole has broad parallels with Asia 30 years ago, just before its sustained growth phase. Now, as in Asia then, most major international corporations – and many early developers and investors – are […]

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Infrastructure Acceleration in Africa – How to un-bottle the bottle-necks

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I came out of a fascinating session at the WEF led by the Boston Consulting Group and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) titled “Driving Towards Implementation Accelerating Infrastructure along the North-South Corridor”. This effort was a response to the challenge issued by President Zuma and several leaders at last year’s WEF that the […]

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The Fragility of Perception

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As I am new to the African continent, having recently relocated from the Netherlands to Johannesburg, what an exciting and inspirational couple of months it has been. Attending the World Economic Forum on Africa in Kigali, Rwanda has been both an absolute highlight, privilege and a great learning experience. Listening to political, economic and industry leaders […]

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