25-27 Jun 2017

neil bald

Chief Executive Officer, AHA Hotels & Lodges
aha hotels and lodges, Tourvest accommodation divison
Responsible for all facets of the hotel and lodge division

Hired to professionalise and grow the hotel and lodges sector
Since inception to date the following has been achieved:
1. Grown from 12 hotels and lodges to over 40
2. Launched new brand to the market - aha
3. Grown to a formidable team of over 60 staff
4. Are now the second biggest management company in Southern Africa and 4th biggest hotel group in South Africa

The aha brand now consists of 41 hotels and lodges geographically spread all over South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania and Botswana. There are over 2500 rooms in total. Group revenues under management exceed 1 billion rand, occupancies average in the 70's and group ebitdar is over 250 million

Business reorganisation resulted in :
1. New brand being established
2. Focused sales so as to drive business into all properties
3. Standards of service being improved and guest satisfaction targets lifted
4. Setting of hotel standards of service in the hotel and lodge sectors
5. Setting of new standards of management in the hotel management sector

Also was successful in :
1. Business acquisitions (purchase of Three Cities group in September 2014)
2. Joint ventures
3. Mergers