Tourism: The ‘Big Four’ hotel groups are more powerful than ever

By Loza Seleshie, Nelly Fualdes
Posted on Thursday, 5 May 2022 13:50

Model of the rooms at the Radisson Resort Saly, Senegal. © Radissonhotels

As a result of the crisis, Africa's four hotel industry behemoths now account for two-thirds of the rooms that will open on the continent.

Move along, there’s nothing to see? Despite two years of the pandemic that has seen a drop in hotel occupancy, announcements of the development of new establishments are well underway on the continent.

In the first quarter of 2022 alone, Hilton signed four new hotel projects in N’Djamena, Kinshasa and two in Douala, and opened the Hilton Garden Inn Casablanca Sud in March. For its part, Radisson has opened three units in Madagascar and is preparing to open another in Accra, two in Tunisia and one in Zambia.