African Sun Limited group CEO Shingi Munyeza won the “Mover and Shaker” of the year award at the Hospitality Investment Conference Africa (Hica) three-day conference held in Johannesburg, South Africa last week.
This increased the hotels group’s corporate continental awards to two. The largest hotelier in Zimbabwe won the Africa Investor Tourism Awards against six nominees in its category.
Munyeza beat Signature Life Hotels managing director Alan Vels and Andrew McLachlan, the vice-president of Business Development in Africa and Indian Ocean Islands at the Rezidor Hotel Group.
The award recognised African Sun’s expansion into Africa, which has seen its room base outside Zimbabwe growing to 1 136 rooms this year, from just 75 rooms in 2004.
“This is a great way to wind down the year and I am pleased that our expansion strategy is beginning to bear fruit,” Munyeza said.
“With the new developments we have in Nigeria and Botswana, we are well on track to reaching our 2012 target of 5 500 rooms outside Zimbabwe and hopefully we’ll be back on this podium again next year.”
The 2010 Hica, which entered its fourth year this year, attracted delegates with an interest in the hospitality industry from across the continent, from policy-making institutions, hospitality operators to investors looking for opportunities on the continent.
The award recognised African Sun as the fastest growing hospitality group on the continent.
The group’s interests transcend all sectors of the hospitality industry, from luxury resorts, to urban boutique hotels, city hotels and lodges.
Its portfolio of high-profile properties includes the Grace Hotel in Johannesburg, Obudu Mountain Resort in Nigeria and The Victoria Falls Hotel, which joint ventures with Meikles Limited on a 50-50% basis.