Beyond the beach: Why the Indian Ocean islands are a hit with investors

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The crystal-clear waters and palm-tree fringed beaches of the Indian Ocean islands have long been favorites with well-heeled European tourists. Now, there’s a growing shift towards the Asian market; better air connections between the islands of the Indian Ocean and the rest of Asia are set mark a new chapter in higher-end tourism. A recent agreement […]

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What Africa can do for Its own investment prospects

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South Africa and Nigeria are the largest economies in Africa. Together they represent 60% of the continent’s GDP – out of 54 countries. Failure, as such, is not an option. That’s why the World Economic Forum’s Update on South Africa and Nigeria was concentrated around identifying existing economic challenges, steps to overcoming them, and growth […]

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Innovative thought required in challenging market

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Observations from SAPOA’s 50th anniversary convention. The exhibition hall at any conference is a popular place – for connecting, networking and gaining general insight into the current status of an industry. I got the sense there were fewer stands at this year’s event, perhaps a sign of a subdued economy and the tough climate for tenants and […]

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State of hotel investment in Africa: headwinds and opportunities

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Hotel performance and investment sentiment across Africa has been mixed so far in 2016, with global uncertainty and resource price volatility impacting regional markets. There continue to be many high growth markets, yet the pace of demand growth is disparate across the continent. East Africa and South Africa have good demand fundamentals, while North Africa […]

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