“Africa’s hotel development boom is already well-underway,” says Peter Ducker FIH, Chief Executive of the Institute of Hospitality. In Nigeria alone there are 49 international chain hotels currently under development, representing a total of 7,500 rooms and in Sub-Saharan Africa as a whole there is a pipeline of 130 hotels (21,052 rooms) according to experts at W Hospitality Group. International brands such as Hilton, Radisson Blu, Novotel, Marriott, Park Inn, Ibis and Golden Tulip are entering or increasing their presence in the African hospitality market.
At Wavecrest College of Hospitality in Nigeria the smiles of its graduates reflect the increasing employment prospects within the African hospitality industry. Wavecrest is a project of the Women’s Board – Educational Cooperation Society, an international non-governmental organisation that aims to empower women to achieve higher education, economic independence and employment through hospitality careers. The College is also approved to deliver the Institute of Hospitality’s full suite of international management qualifications.