Katara Hospitality and AccorHotels to set up investment fund
Katara Hospitality, a leading global hotel owner, developer and operator based in Qatar, and AccorHotels, a world-leading travel and lifestyle group and digital innovator with a presence in 100 countries and c.4,500 hotels, announced the creation of an investment fund with a targeted investment capacity of over $1bn dedicated to hospitality in various Sub-Saharan African countries.
The fund will amount to up to $500 million in equity, of which Katara Hospitality and AccorHotels will contribute respectively up to $350 million and $150 million over the next five to seven years, with additional financing capacity reached through leverage and co-investments. It will target greenfield projects, brownfield projects and conversions of existing hotels through acquisitions, in a region that offers robust growth opportunities. Approximately 40 hotels (around 9,000 rooms) will span across the wide range of internationally renowned brands of AccorHotels, from economy to luxury segments, including residences.
With this initiative, Katara Hospitality and AccorHotels aim to create the number-one sustainable hospitality fund dedicated to Africa, bringing support to job creation, training, transfer of skills, local supply chain and communities in the region, operating in compliance with UN sustainable development goals.
The announcement came during a signing ceremony between Katara Hospitality and AccorHotels and was attended by His Excellency Sheikh Nawaf bin Jassim bin Jabor Al-Thani, Chairman of Katara Hospitality and Mr. Sébastien Bazin Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AccorHotels.
Commenting on this partnership, Sheikh Nawaf bin Jassim bin Jabor Al Thani, Chairman of Katara Hospitality, said: “We are delighted to have come to this strategic agreement with AccorHotels. It is evident in recent times that Sub-Saharan Africa’s hospitality industry has made great strides, and follows the latest positive developments between the State of Qatar and Sub-Saharan Africa to enhance bilateral relations in different industries. We view this fund as an excellent vehicle to take advantage of this compelling market by teaming up with AccorHotels, who provide international hotel brands and operations with strong capabilities.”
He went on to say: “Katara Hospitality is a government-owned organisation whose goals are naturally aligned to the country’s objectives; as the hospitality arm of the Qatar Sovereign Wealth Fund, we identify strategic investment opportunities in other markets; and we continuously optimise our international investments to make the best possible returns whilst at the same time safeguarding our economic future.”
Sébastien Bazin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AccorHotels said, “I am thrilled to announce this key alliance with our outstanding business partner Katara Hospitality. Having been present for over 40 years in Africa, we also know that there are increasing and sizeable needs for quality hospitality. Through this fund, we will match the expertise of Katara Hospitality together with AccorHotels’ world leading brand portfolio to accelerate our dynamic growth trajectory in the Sub-Saharan region. Above all, by this initiative we demonstrate our shared intention to support sustainable development over the long-term on this continent.”