Ethiopia is ranked fourth in hotel development in Africa based on an annual survey conducted by the Lagos-based W Hospitality Group.
The top three countries are Egypt, Nigeria and Morocco, the Africa Business Communities reported over the weekend.
A total of 75 155 branded rooms in 401 hotels are in development across the whole of Africa – a net increase of almost 11 000 rooms in the pipeline, 17 percent up on 2018.
The survey had a record 43 international and regional hotel contributors this year, covering 54 countries in north and sub-Saharan Africa, and the Indian Ocean islands, it was learned.
Ethiopia has seen another increase in pipeline deals, up from 31 hotels in 2018, signed by international chains such as Accor and Hilton as well as by regional chains such as aha and Latitude. Best Western and IHG each signed two hotels in 2018.
The majority of these deals, 27 hotels with 84 percent of total rooms, are in Addis Ababa.
This year the top ten countries account for 69 percent of the total hotels in the survey, and 74 percent of the rooms.
The digital B2B publisher Africa Business Communities said that full details will be revealed and discussed at the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) to be held from 23 to 25 September 2019 in Addis Ababa.