Hilton to ramp up hotel expansion across North Africa


Hilton is taking its North Africa expansion seriously. So much so that it has opened a development office in Casablanca, Morocco, the location of Hilton’s early-2017 debut of the Hilton Garden Inn Casablanca Sidi Maarouf.

Building on an active pipeline in the region, which has grown to 15 hotels across Algeria, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia, Hilton identifies North Africa as a focus area for further growth.

Hilton's Feras Hasbini will spearhead North Africa growth.

Carlos Khneisser, VP of development, MENA Hilton said in a statement, “Having a dedicated presence in the market is important for us in order to sustain further growth. We pride ourselves on forging strong relationships with owners and being present on the ground is the best way to achieve this. We have almost 5,000 rooms under development in North Africa at this stage but with the majority of those being in Egypt there is a great opportunity for us to expand our presence more widely across the region.”

Feras Hasbini, Hilton's development director, MENA, will spearhead Hilton’s growth in North Africa and will now be located in Casablanca. Hasbini said in a statement, “It is very exciting to focus on North Africa at a time where we are beginning to make real strides in terms of our positioning in the market. We are bringing a portfolio of world-class brands to the region with new offerings at every sector of the market. From the mid-scale Hilton Garden Inn to our Upper Upscale collection brand Curio, our brands are ideally suited to North Africa and owners have more opportunities to work with us than ever before.”