Ethiopian Business Review

Heimo Leitgeb is the new general manager of the Radisson Blu in Ethiopia. Leitgeb started in the industry at the age of 15, when he completed a cooking apprenticeship. That kicked off a lifetime in the hospitality industry, and travel all over the world, from the Bahamas, Haiti and Sri Lanka, to Indonesia, Oman and China, then finally here to Ethiopia. Over that time, he climbed the ladder from cook, to food and beverage manager, and then to general manager. He was also a hotel consultant, hired by owners and banks to help revitalise old hotels and launch new ones. His most recent position was as the general manager of the Radisson Blu Forest Manor Shanghai, a flagship property for China and Asia, a 439-room hotel with event and dining outlets that make it the first of its kind in the region. This is the experience he brings to the Radisson Blu Ethiopia, where he is also hoping to put his personal management style into practice to move the hotel into the future.

Saturday, 16 February 2019 03:00
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Adil Khan is the managing director of AMS Hospitality Group, a privately held provider of hotel brands, solutions and services. Established in 2008, AMS’s brand portfolio spans a range of hospitality segments, from premier economy, to select service properties, mid-scale hotels and resorts. AMS has been managing the Hub Hotel, which was opened in December 2018 in Addis Ababa. EBR’s Ashenafi Endale sat down with Khan to learn about AMS’s activities in Ethiopia and elsewhere.

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Tewodros Shiferaw, 44, is a businessman with a huge appetite. The father of four lived in Japan and China for 12 years working as an exporter and importer, among other activities. In 2008, he came to Ethiopia and established Rosetta General Business, a company engaged in real estate development, hotels, import and export as well as media and communication. Tewodros, who is in the real estate sector, built 142 villas and transfered them to the owners on time despite the huge inflation at the time. However, not all his endeavours have been successful. In fact, two of his hotel projects in Addis Ababa and Hawassa didn’t materialise because the authorities couldn’t give him land on a lease basis. He is now more visible in the broadcasting industry. In fact, Tewodros was a partner at ARTS and a year ago acquired Nahoo TV, a privately owned entertainment TV channel operating in Ethiopia. EBR’s Samson Berhane sat down with Tewodros to learn about his successes and failures

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