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Pavel Elnikov

Senior Associate, DLA Piper Russia

David Jenkins

Executive Vice President, Russia & CIS, JLL, Hotels & Hospitality Group

Ivica Čačić

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

Alexis Delaroff

Chief Operating Officer Russia, Georgia & CIS, AccorHotels

Nikolay Galyanov

HR Director, TSUM

Tom Mundy

National Director, Head of Research, JLL

Evgeny Bezel

Managing Partner, URBANE Group LLC

Vladimir Poddubko

Head of Hotel Business, A.N.D. Corporation

Petr Chitipakhovyan

President, CH-Group

Lyudmila Soldatova

HR Business Partner, Siemens Healthcare

Alexander Skoblo

Partner, Head of European Hotel & Leisure Practice, Dentons

Arkadiy Amelin


Walter C. Neumann

Chief Executive Officer, AZIMUT Hotels

Daniel Thorniley

President, DT-Global Business Consulting

Luc Gesvret

SVP Sales, Distribution & Loyalty Russia Georgia & CIS , AccorHotels

Steven Daines

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

Thomas Emanuel

Director of Business Development, STR Global

Michael O'Hare

Managing Director, Horwath HTL Hungary & Russia

Marina Pochinok

Chief Executive Officer, KidZania

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Nikolai Oganezov

Director, Regional Association of Gaming Business SFD

Bart Carnahan

Senior Vice President, Acquisitions & Development, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

Alexander Samodurov

Vice President, NAI Becar

Scott Antel

Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner Abu Dhabi/Dubai

Anatoly Kondratenko

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

Andrey Yakunin

Co-Founding Partner, VIY Management LLP

Alexander Orlov

Chief Executive Officer, Bulldozer Group

Marina Tarnopolskaya

Managing Partner, “Agency Contact”

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 26-28 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, Jones Lang LaSalle

"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