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Hotel Investment Conference Africa (HICA) Announces Date, Location and Speaker Line Up

Hotel Investment Conference Africa (HICA) Announces Date, Location and Speaker Line Up ( Hotel Investment Conference Africa (HICA) Announces Date, Location and Speaker Line Up;
HICA September 14-16, Maslow Hotel in Johannesburg, South Africa Features Impressive Panelists and Hospitality Industry Leaders

South Africa: August 1st, 2014– The internationally acclaimed, 8th annual Hotel Investment Conference Africa (HICA), to be held September 14-16, 2014, at the Maslow Hotel in Johannesburg, South Africa, promises to showcase a stellar line up of business leaders in the field of hotel development, investment and tourism.

HICA speakers this September 2014 include:
• Mossadek Bally, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Azalai Hotel Group
• Phillippe Baretaud, Senior VP and Head of Development Africa&Middle East,
• Hubert Danso, CEO&Vice Chairman, Africa Investor Media
• Joop Demes, CEO, Pam Golding Hospitality
• Neil George, Senior VP for Acquisitions and Development, Starwood Hotels &
• Arthur Gillis, Chief Executive Officer, Protea Hospitality Group, Non-Executive
Chairman, Africa Development, Marriott International
• Keith Kefgen, CEO&Managing Director, AETHOS Consulting Group
• Alex Kyriakidis, President and Managing Director, Middle East&Africa, Marriott
• Dr. Shingi Munyeza, Group CEO of African Sun Hotels
• Andre Pottas, Deloitte Africa Corporate Finance Advisory leader and leader of
Infrastructure and Capital Projects for Africa
• Mark Satterfield, Chief Operating Officer, Middle East&Africa, Marriott International
HICA sponsors including Best Western Hotels and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) will also actively participate in the Conference.

The conference will be held in Johannesburg, widely regarded as Africa’s business center and the gateway to the Continent. To grow this premier hospitality development and investment platform, the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) has joined forces with the (province of) Gauteng Tourism Agency and HDG Advisory, a hospitality consultancy firm with operations in both South Africa and the United States, and Pam Golding Hospitality, a regional hospitality investment advisory and consultancy based in South Africa, and supporter of HICA since the Conference launched in 2007.
According to TBCSA CEO, and HICA Conference Director Ms. Mmatšatši Ramawela, “HICA is renowned for its relevant program and high caliber of keynote speakers and panelists. Now in Joburg, we are also bringing this important Conference to the center of hospitality for the region’s leading hotel operations and management companies.”

Stuart K. Smith, CHA, Managing Director of HDG Advisory hospitality consultants and HICA Planning Committee member adds, “Johannesburg is widely regarded as sub- Saharan Africa’s business concourse, and thus the location is instrumental for our industry’s development community. South Africa leads the vision for what is possible for the entire Continent. And with representation from some of the leading hospitality players, global and regional, in the Continent, HICA 2014 is sure to be a dynamic and productive event.”

“HICA would not be the same without a discussion on policies to support the growth of tourism and hospitality in the region,” Ramawela adds.

For more information about HICA 2014, visit ###

About HICA:
The Hotel Investment Conference Africa (HICA) is an established business-to- business networking platform, focused on strengthening the position of Southern Africa and the sub-Saharan Africa region, as viable investment destinations for the international hotel and investment community. The event brings together senior executives and decision-makers in the hospitality industry and the leading global hotel operating and management companies. As sub- Saharan Africa’s leading hotel investment conference, this event connects the region’s high net- worth private investors with government and the banking and private equity community with a “let’s do business” agenda. HICA provides an excellent platform for delegates to share views, observations, ideas and proposed strategies for overcoming challenges in the

About TBCSA: The Tourism Business Council of South Africa is a member-based, umbrella organization representing the voice of business in the South African Travel and Tourism sector. HICA was originated by the TBCSA in 2007 and is one of the few platforms in the Continent where the promotion of investment in the hotel and broader hospitality sector is led by the private sector. www.
About HDG Advisory: HDG advisory is an international consultancy with offices in New York and Johannesburg, providing business development, human capital and service delivery strategy for the public/private hospitality, travel/tourism and development sectors. The firm provides core consultancy, development and recruitment services for hotels, restaurants and gaming operations. HDG’s real-time equitable approach to advisory, assignment research, training and asset management, has earned merit as a trusted advisor.

Un the United States: Ms. Leora Halpern Lanz,; Media Contact: Mobile: 516-680-8529; SKYPE: LeoraLanz In South Africa: Ms. Kagiso Mosue; Tel: +27(0)12 654 7525 or +27(0)73 015 4530; SKYPE: Kagiso Mosue

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