According to the TOPHOTELPROJECTS construction database, development is continuing apace across the continent, fuelled by high levels of activity in North Africa.
Our researchers report that 290 hotel schemes with a total of 63,561 rooms will open throughout Africa in the coming years. We take a closer look at these upcoming launches – and consider which ones are worth adding to your watchlist.
Africa’s hotel openings by year
Currently, 92 hotel projects with 17,132 rooms are slated to complete in the remainder of this year; 21 of these properties are already in the pre-opening phase. 2022 will be similarly busy, with 88 planned launches bringing 19,434 keys into play.
Another 40 hotels with 10,113 rooms have been lined up for 2023, while 70 more projects and 16,902 keys are on the books for 2024 and beyond.
The split between four- and five-star hotels, incidentally, is pretty much even – 146 for the former and 144 for the latter.
The continent’s top growth regions
Egypt tops the country-by-country charts with 51 ongoing projects and 15,725 keys. No fewer than 12 of these hotels will launch in Cairo alone, adding 2,820 new hotel rooms to the city’s highly competitive hospitality scene.
Next up, Morocco’s market will grow by 38 properties and 8,552 keys; nearly a third of these hotels will open in Marrakech. And Nigeria takes third place, with 28 new schemes and 6,613 rooms.
Ethiopia comes fourth, meanwhile, with 20 upcoming openings (including 12 in the…