Trevor J Ward

Trevor J Ward

Trevor Ward is a specialist consultant in the hospitality, leisure and real estate industries. He is the Managing Director of the Lagos-based W Hospitality Group, and Chairman of Hotel Partners Africa. He started his consultancy career in 1983, having previously completed a university degree in hotel management at the University of Surrey, and worked in hotel management positions in the UK. From the late 1980s he has specialised in the provision of advisory services to clients in developing countries, and since 2003 has been based in Nigeria, advising clients there and throughout Africa.

His industry experience spans over 40 years, and includes advising clients on hotel, tourism and leisure development in over 90 countries across the globe, including 39 in Africa. With a
special focus on sub-Saharan Africa, he works with many of the international hotel groups seeking a presence there, and with financial institutions, investors and entrepreneurs across
the continent. He is regarded as one of the foremost experts on the hotel industry in sub-Saharan Africa, and is engaged primarily in development consultancy, ranging from investment appraisals to operator selection, asset management, valuations and agency. In addition to his advisory work, Trevor is a Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality, for which he is their Ambassador for Africa, and a member of the International Society of Hospitality Consultants. He is a founder and Trustee of the Hotel Managers and Owners Association of Lagos.

Trevor is a regular speaker at industry conferences, and writes in various professional and Africa-focused journals, including Africa Investor and BT Africa. At the African Hotel Investment Forum, held in October 2018, Trevor was presented with the inaugural Outstanding Contribution to Africa award, for his advisory work on the continent.

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