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Michael Johnston

Chief Executive Officer, Regional Hotel Chain LLC

Imad Barrakad

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

David Jenkins

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR

Daniel Thorniley

President, DT-Global Business Consulting GmbH

Philippe Bone

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

Vladimir Poddubko

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

Anatoly Kondratenko

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

Aron Libinson

Associate Vice President Operations and Development Russia & CIS, IHG

Vladimir Ilichev

Development Director - Russia & CIS, Hilton Worldwide

Andrey Yakunin

Co-Founding Partner, VIY Management LLP

Dimitry Tetiouchev

Partner, Hospitality Industry Leader in the CIS, EY

Cuneyt Baltaoglu

Managing Director, Akfen REIT

Thomas Emanuel

Director of Business Development, STR

Scott Antel

Hospitality and Leisure Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Tatiana Veller

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

Alexander Skoblo

Partner, Head of European Hotel & Leisure Practice, Dentons

Petr Chitipakhovyan

President, CH-Group

Marina Usenko

Independent Hotel Advisor

Michael O'Hare

Managing Director, Horwath HTL Hungary & Russia

Alexander Kaltykov

Chief Executive Officer, Osnova Group

Vadim Prasov

Managing Partner, Alliance Hotel Management

Michael Collini

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

Fantastic Turnout at RHIC 2015

The annual Russia & CIS Hotel Investment Conference took place 27-28 October 2015, hosted by the Azimut Olympic Hotel in Moscow.

The conference was a huge success with over 350 people attending over the two days. In conjunction with the Moscow Department for Multicultural Policy, Interregional Cooperation and Tourism, the RHIC 2015 program was combined with the Moscow Hotel Business Forum and the International conference on comprehensive preparation of tourism facilities for hosting major sport events. Thus, one location offered a more favorable environment for direct communication between state bodies, investors, and vast audience of industry experts in the region coming to the RHIC from around the world.

RHIC 2015


Deals announced at RHIC 2015

Hilton Worldwide has rounded off this year’s Russia & CIS Hotel Investment Forum with an announcement that continues its drive to bring quality international branded accommodation to Russia’s regional markets.  New hotels are set to be developed under its midscale Hilton Garden Inn brand in the far eastern city of Khabarovsk and the industrial center of Orenburg. Under a franchise agreement with Dalreostroy LLC, part of the Dalreo Group, the hotel Hilton Garden Inn Khabarovsk will be constructed adjacent to a multipurpose complex.  Guests at any one of the 186 rooms will enjoy direct access to these amenities along with the hotel’s own restaurant, bar and fitness studio.  Scheduled to open in 2019, the striking tower building will enjoy an advantageous central location at Komsomolskaya Street. Expected to open at the beginning of 2018 through a franchise agreement with ZAO Orenburgskaya Ekspluatatsionnaya Kompaniya, the hotel Hilton Garden Inn Orenburg will consist of 119 rooms across seven floors.  The building will be constructed as part of a development, which will also bring an adjoining park to the city center to be landscaped and maintained by the owner for the enjoyment of guests and Orenburg locals alike. Adrian Kurre, global head, Hilton Garden Inn, said, “Our brand continues to blaze a trail in bringing quality mid-market accommodation to Russia’s regional cities.  Hilton Garden Inn Ulyanovsk is scheduled to open its doors later this year which will see us become the first international brand to arrive on the banks of the river Volga and I am delighted to be setting a similar precedent in Khabarovsk and Orenburg.”

Mospromstroy have announced plans to bring one of the city's most fabled properties back to the market. According to the signed franchising agreement between Mospromstroy and Hilton Worldwide, Hilton Moscow Tverskaya Luxe will cover 47,000 square meters and consist of 220 rooms and 52 apartments and is expected to welcome its first guests by mid-2018. Hilton Moscow Tverskaya Luxe assumes a prime city center location at 10 Tverskaya Street, Moscow's main commercial thoroughfare leading to the Kremlin. An investment of 6.6 billion rubles (over $100 million) will be made to aimed at restoring substantial parts of a building, which dates back to the 1890s. 

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the most dynamic hotel groups worldwide, announces the Radisson Blu Olympiysky Hotel, Moscow. The upper-upscale property featuring 379 rooms will welcome the first guests in Q1 2017. The hotel is owned by B&N Group. “We are delighted to add a further flagship to our portfolio in Moscow and to strengthen our position as the leading international hotel operator in Russia/CIS & Baltics. We remain committed to this emerging market and will expand our network across the region together with our partners,” Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer of Rezidor at the Russia & CIS Hotel Investment Conference in Moscow Elie Younes said.

IHG has announced the signing of two management agreements for two Holiday Inn hotels in two different markets. IHG has signed a management agreement with SGI-Invest LLC for Holiday Inn® Yerevan in the capital of Armenia. Opening in 2018, the 191-room property will be the first IHG branded hotel to open its doors in Armenia. IHG also has signed a management agreement with PKF Piramida-D LLC for Holiday Inn® St. Petersburg – Proletarskaya. The 414-room hotel opening in 2018 will become the second under the Holiday Inn brand in St. Petersburg. The hotel will create a new conference venue for the city, offering more than 1500 square meters of meeting space in one of Europe's leading meeting and event destinations.

Ahead of the Russia & CIS Hotel Investment Conference (RHIC), Jonathan Worsley, Chairman of Bench Events and Co-organiser of RHIC, caught up with Keynote speaker Peter Knapp, Global Creative Officer at Landor, to discuss how destinations can leverage their sense of brand in order to become more popular and more successful. With so much choice what does it take to encourage people to visit Russia for tourism? What does it take to promote inward investment and how can Russia create a “Brand” to maximise the opportunity for the destination?

Listen to the interview to find out more.

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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