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Albert Galeev

Editor-In-Chief, Condé Nast Traveller

Lyudmila Soldatova

Human Resources Business Partner, Siemens Healthcare

Peter Knapp

Global Creative Officer , Landor

Petr Chitipakhovyan

President, CH-Group

Maxim Podovinnikov

Deputy Minister of the Support and Development of Small Business and Consumer Market, Nizhny Novgorod

Alexey Musakin

Chief Executive Officer, Cronwell Hotels & Resorts

Tom Mundy

National Director, Head of Research, JLL

Alexey Krivenko

Deputy General Director, Directorate of the Moscow Transportation Hub

Keti Mikashavidze

Hospitality Program Manager, Capitol Management

Sergey Shpilko

Deputy Head for Department of Multicultural Policy, Interregional Cooperation and Tourism

Valeri Chekheria

Chief Executive Officer, Adjara Hospitality Group

Ben Martin

Senior Director, AECOM

Evgeny Bezel

Managing Partner, URBANE Group LLC

Tatiana Veller

National Director, Head of Hotel & Hospitality Group Russia & CIS, JLL

Philippe Bone

Head of Development Russia, Ukraine, Georgia & CIS, AccorHotels

Evgeny Bugrovsky

Managing Director, Heliopark Hotels & Resorts

Natalia Ofitserova

Human Resources Director, L'Oréal Luxe, Russia

Stylianos Tsifetakis

Vice President of Hotel and Catering Operations, G1 Entertainment , Tigre De Cristal

Alexey Korobkin

Director, Development in Russia, CIS, Baltics and Scandinavia., IHG

Lyudmila Koudryavtseva

Chief Executive Officer, The Baltic Travel Company

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Karine Shmaryova

General Director, Intermark Serviced Apartments

Stéphane Meyrat

Managing Director, Bevelia Hospitality Group

Daniel Ruff

President and Managing Director EMEA, Wyndham Hotel Group

Dmitry Makarov

Managing Partner, Adwill Hospitality

Daniel Thorniley

President, DT-Global Business Consulting GmbH

Mikhail Maltsev

Head, Samara Region Tourism Department

Hatuna Sakhokia

Head in Russia & CIS, Orbi Group

Ivan Snizinov

Chief Executive Officer, Tetran Technologies

Rustam Topchiev

Executive Director, Adwill Hospitality

Paul Whelan

Head of Accommodation, MATCH

Thomas Emanuel

Director of Business Development, STR Global

Lana Klyueva

Head of Operations, Russia , LLC MATCH Accommodation 2018

Michael Semenov

Vice President, KORTROS

Arkadiy Amelin

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, DIMARS GROUP

Vladimir Chernikov

Head of Department for Multicultural Policy, Interregional Cooperation and Tourism, City of Moscow

Aron Libinson

Associate Vice President Operations and Development Russia & CIS, IHG

Jerad Bachar

Executive Director – Tourism and Leisure, Bahrain Economic Development Board

Scott Antel

Hospitality and Leisure Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Alexis Delaroff

Chief Operating Officer Russia, Georgia & CIS, AccorHotels

Sergey Kolesnikov

Vice-President, Federation of Restaurateurs and Hoteliers

Rich Mkhondo

Former Chief Communications Officer , 2010 FIFA World Cup Organizing Committee South Africa

Marina Usenko

Independant Hotel Advisor

Marina Smirnova

Head of Department Hospitality and Tourism, Cushman & Wakefield

Andrey Yakunin

Co-Founding Partner, VIY Management LLP

Anastassia Beliakova

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Add One Touch

Luc Gesvret

Senior Vice President Sales, Distribution & Loyalty Russia Georgia & CIS , AccorHotels

Mikhail Gavrilin

First Deputy General Director and Supervisory Board Member, Mospromstroy

Anatoly Kondratenko

Senior Director, Acquisitions & Development, Russia, CIS & Baltics, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc.

Vadim Tikhonov

President, Solo Alliance International Group

Nikolai Galyanov

Human Resources Director, TSUM

Sergey Orekhanov

CEO of JWG Portal Group, VP of All-Russian public organization "Investment Russia"

Igor Bukharov

President, Federation of Restaurateurs and Hoteliers

Ivan Merkulov

President, PIR EXPO

Vadim Prasov

Managing Partner, Alliance Hotel Management

Volkhard Bauer

Chief Executive Officer, KhayaMedia

Christian Meyer

Managing Director, RIMC CIS, LLC

Vadim Zelenski

Chairman, ABT-ACTE Russia

Marina Tarnopolskaya

Managing Partner, “Agency Contact”

Cuneyt Baltaoglu

Managing Director, Akfen REIT

Alexander Skoblo

Partner, Head of European Hotel & Leisure Practice, Dentons

Alexander Kaltykov

Chief Executive Officer, Osnova Group

Ivica Cacic

Regional Vice President Eastern Europe and the CIS, Marriott International, Inc.

Karen Goncharov

President, Tourism Promotion Association INNOVATION RUSSIA

Anton Matveev

Co-founder and co-owner, / Big Tree / TrustYou Russia

Dimitris Manikis

Vice President Business Development EMEA, RCI

Steven Daines

Chief Executive Officer - HotelServices Northern Europe, Russia & CIS, AccorHotels

Imad Barrakad

Chairman & CEO, Moroccan Agency for Tourism Development (SMIT)

Nikolai Oganezov

Director, Regional Association of Gaming Business SFD

Mike Collini

Vice President Development – Turkey, Russia and Eastern Europe, Hilton Worldwide

Sven Osmers

Head of Real Estate Advisory in Russia and CIS, KPMG

Vladimir Ilichev

Development Director - Russia & CIS, Hilton Worldwide

Tatiana Tur

Business Development Manager , Schrack Seconet AG

Michael O'Hare

Managing Director, Horwath HTL Hungary & Russia

Alexey Tikhnenko

Head of Hospitality Management Department, Department for Multicultural Policy, Interregional Co-operation and Tourism, City of Moscow

Сonstantin Zabrodine

Chief Executive Officer, Zavidovo Development

Michael Johnston

Chief Executive Officer, Regional Hotel Chain LLC

Tatiana Gostenina

Vice-President of the Federation of Restaurateurs and Hoteliers, Chief Expert on Hotel Classification , PRESIDENT OFFICE, candidate of Economic Sciences

Alexander Samodurov

Vice President, NAI Becar

Alexander Orlov

Founder and President, Bulldozer Group

Vladimir Poddubko

Head of Hospitality Department, A.N.D. Corporation

Anna Kireeva

Area Human Resources Manager, Eastern Europe, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Dimitry Tetiouchev

Partner, Hospitality Industry Leader in the CIS, EY

Konstantin Kalabin

Market Development, Russia & Eastern Europe, Tripadvisor

Pavel Elnikov

Senior Associate, DLA Piper Russia

Darren Blanchard

Senior Director of Business Development, Russia, CIS & Baltics, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Marina Pochinok

Business Development and External Relations Director, KidZania

David Jenkins

Vice President Business Development Russia, CIS & Baltics, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Walter C. Neumann

Chief Executive Officer, AZIMUT Hotels

Oksana Tubman

Head of Accommodation, The organizing committee of the World Cup FIFA "Russia 2018”

Antoine Moubarak

Area Director Revenue Optimization, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Speakers confirmed for RHIC 2015

We're delighted to announce the Russia & CIS Hotel Investment Conference (RHIC), the premier meeting for the region’s hotel and tourism investment community, will return to Moscow 27-28 October 2015 hosted by the Azimut Moscow Olympic Hotel.

Russia is going through a tough time right now, both economically and politically. The decline in the country’s economic performance has had a serious impact on tourism and the hotel market, and the immediate future is far from optimistic. However Russia is a huge market and for some companies represents up to 60% of greater CEE business in terms of sales (CEE/CIS and Turkey). Jonathan Worsley, Chairman of Bench Events, commented that “we must carry-on in the short term to secure our future in the long term”.

Last year was a huge success with more than 390 top-level executives from all areas of the industry in attendance. 75% of the audience, which included investors, hotel owners, financiers, developers, brand representatives, operators, lawyers, advisors, architects and government officials were from Russian companies, a staggering 20% increase in the number of Russian participants since 2012.

  Click here to be kept up to date on the developments for RHIC 2015.



At RHIC 2014, delegates signed a petition to suppport the amendments to the Federal Law “On the Procedures for Entering the RF and Exiting the RF”, which are currently under consideration in the State Duma of the RF and which would allow 72 hours entry into the territory of RF without the need for a visa.

This iniative has been signed by 112 delegates, representing 82 companies, including some of the leading hotel companies which represent more than 25,000 hotel rooms in Russia with occupancy levels of around 75%. Other companies that signed the person include some of the biggest foreign hotel investors, such as WARIMPEX, who own a controlling stake of Airport City in St. Petersburg; consultants, such as JLL, Cushman & Wakefield, KPMG, AECOM, EY; and major industry suppliers, such as Schneider Electric.

 Click here to view the Petition for visa facilitation at the Russia & CIS Hotel Investment Conference 2014

WHY ATTEND RHIC? Don't just take our word for it...

"Having attended conventions and conferences of all sizes and types for the past 2 decades, one of the most memorable was RHIC 2104 – kudos to bench events for the organization."
Noyan Konnolu, Prekon

"A great venue to meet old friends and welcome new partners."
Anatoly Kondratenko, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.s

"The only hotel investment event in the region where you can meet all the key decision makers in the Russia & CIS hotel business."
David Jenkins, The Rezidor Hotel Group

"A must for industry insiders and newcomers interested in building a successful hotel business in Russia and the CIS."
Alexander Skoblo, Dentons

"The most representative event for Russia & CIS hotel development community."
Mikhail Kolesnik, Marriott International

"With such a robust pipeline, and so many untapped regional markets across the country, RHIC is a must attend event."
Thomas Emanuel, STR Global