The Hilton Nairobi. The Hilton Nairobi.

Hilton Worldwide has revealed at the ongoing African Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) that it has signed new properties and extensions in three African countries.

The move is in alignment with the company’s expansion strategy as it seeks to double its footprint from its existing 39 hotels to more than 80 hotels in the next three to five years.

Among the new hotels agreed is Africa’s first modular build hotel - the 280 guest-room Hilton Garden Inn in the Ghanaian capital of Accra, a concept that Hilton first premiered in 2014 through a partnership with CIMC Modular Building Systems.

Other deals see the creation of Africa’s tallest hotel in Nairobi, while Hilton will also manage the recently signed Legend Curio at Lagos Airport.

Hilton Worldwide senior vice president development, EMEA Patrick Fitzgibbon said in a statement: “Having been present in Africa for more than 50 years we’re proud to have remained at the forefront of pioneering hotel growth on the continent.

"This year at AHIF we’re breaking new ground in the region with the announcement of our first modular build hotel, a fast-paced construction solution that we feel has huge potential in Africa, with quicker returns for investors and a world-class hospitality experience for guests."

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Modular construction can be used to drive hotel development offering benefits including faster development, streamlined design and cost efficiencies.

The process involves assembling portions of the hotel - including guest rooms and hallways - in China, before transporting them to the final site for completion, thereby significantly reducing the time taken for construction.

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