Louvre Hotels Group, a unit of Starwood Capital Group LLC, will open as many as 16 hotels in Africa this year, including its first in French-speaking sub- Saharan countries, as business travel fuels the lodging growth.
Groupe Azalai Hotels will invest as much as $165 million during the next four years to expand in West Africa to capture rising demand from business travel, Chief Executive Officer Mossadeck Bally said.
Clarisse Kambire’s nightmare rarely changes. It’s daytime. In a field of cotton plants that burst with purple and white flowers, a man in rags towers over her, a stick raised above his head. Then a voice booms, jerking Clarisse from her slumber and making her heart leap. “Get up!”
Shehu Bello leaned on a staff as he stood guard over his two dozen head of cattle grazing outside Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, and spoke grimly about his two main adversaries: farmers and desertification.
Amado Kafando tilted his head back, smiled and pumped his fists into the west African sky. “We praised God, and said, ‘At last!’” said Kafando, 45, standing amid the mud huts where he lives with 11 children and no electricity.
Cotton farmers who sell their produce to Faso Coton, Burkina Faso’s third-biggest cotton company, are facing delays in planting seeds for the 2011-12 harvest amid late seasonal rains, said Marc Leynaert, the company’s operations director.