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Former Chief Communications Officer , 2010 FIFA World Cup Organizing Committee South Africa
Head of Department Hospitality and Tourism, Cushman & Wakefield
Head of Hospitality Management Department, Department for Multicultural Policy, Interregional Co-operation and Tourism, City of Moscow
Managing Director, Horwath HTL Hungary & Russia
Founder and President, Bulldozer Group
Human Resources Director, TSUM
Chief Executive Officer, Cronwell Hotels & Resorts
, Deputy Minister of Culture of Moscow Region
General Director, Intermark Serviced Apartments
CEO of JWG Portal Group, VP of All-Russian public organization "Investment Russia"
Chief Executive Officer, ANO "The management of the host city of Saransk for preparation and holding of the World Cup 2018"
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, DIMARS GROUP
Vice President Business Development EMEA, RCI
CEO, Management of sports and entertainment events Moscow
Director, Regional Association of Gaming Business SFD
Director of Talent Management, Sberbank
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Add One Touch
National Director, Head of Hotel & Hospitality Group Russia & CIS, JLL
Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global
Vice President Development – Turkey, Russia and Eastern Europe, Hilton Worldwide
Partner, Head of European Hotel & Leisure Practice, Dentons
Chief Executive Officer, Adjara Hospitality Group
Co-Founding Partner, VIY Management LLP
Vice-President of the Federation of Restaurateurs and Hoteliers, Chief Expert on Hotel Classification , PRESIDENT OFFICE, candidate of Economic Sciences
Managing Partner, AgencyKontakt
Deputy Head, Federal Agency for Tourism
Head of Accommodation, MATCH
Vice President Business Development Russia, CIS & Baltics, The Rezidor Hotel Group
President, Zavidovo Development
Editor-In-Chief, Condé Nast Traveller
Head of Hospitality Department, A.N.D. Corporation
Human Resources Business Partner, Siemens Healthcare
Chief Executive Officer, Regional Hotel Chain LLC
Regional Vice President Eastern Europe and the CIS, Marriott International, Inc.
Vice President of Hotel and Catering Operations, G1 Entertainment , Tigre De Cristal
Hospitality and Leisure Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP
Chairman, ABT-ACTE Russia
Hospitality Program Manager, Capitol Management
Editor-In-Chief, Restaurant News
Deputy Head for Department of Multicultural Policy, Interregional Cooperation and Tourism, City of Moscow
Independent Hotel Advisor
Managing Director, Heliopark Hotels & Resorts
President, PIR EXPO
Head of Department for Multicultural Policy, Interregional Cooperation and Tourism, City of Moscow
Partner, Hospitality Industry Leader in the CIS, EY
Area Director Revenue Optimization, The Rezidor Hotel Group
Senior Director, Acquisitions & Development, Russia, CIS & Baltics, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc.
Vice President of Small Business Development, Sberbank
Chairman & CEO, Moroccan Agency for Tourism Development (SMIT)
First Deputy General Director and Supervisory Board Member, Mospromstroy
Global Creative Officer , Landor
Chief Executive Officer, Tetran Technologies
Vice-President, Federation of Restaurateurs and Hoteliers
Managing Partner, Alliance Hotel Management
, Business Consultant and Commentator
Associate, Strikitsa Consulting
President and Managing Director EMEA, Wyndham Hotel Group
Business Development Manager , Schrack Seconet AG
Area Human Resources Manager, Eastern Europe, The Rezidor Hotel Group
Deputy General Director, Directorate of the Moscow Transportation Hub
Director of Corporate Clients, Federal State Unitary Enterprise "Russian Networks and Alerts”
President, DT-Global Business Consulting GmbH
Chief Editor, SecurityMedia Rus
Executive Director, Adwill Hospitality
Director, Development in Russia, CIS, Baltics and Scandinavia., IHG
Senior Director of Business Development, Russia, CIS & Baltics, The Rezidor Hotel Group
Chief Operating Officer Russia, Georgia & CIS, AccorHotels
Associate Vice President Operations and Development Russia & CIS, IHG
President, Federation of Restaurateurs and Hoteliers
Managing Director, Akfen REIT
Head of Operations, Russia , LLC MATCH Accommodation 2018
Senior Director, AECOM
Head of Development Russia, Ukraine, Georgia & CIS, AccorHotels
Market Development, Russia & Eastern Europe, Tripadvisor
CEO, NAI Becar
President, Solo Alliance International Group
Vice President, KORTROS
Director of Business Development, STR Global
Head, Federal Agency for Tourism
Human Resources Director, UCG
Managing Partner, URBANE Group LLC
Chief Executive Officer - HotelServices Northern Europe, Russia & CIS, AccorHotels
Deputy Chairman, State Tourism Committee of the Republic of Tatarstan
Managing Partner, Adwill Hospitality
Head, Samara Region Tourism Department
Senior Associate, DLA Piper Russia
Head of Accommodation, The organizing committee of the World Cup FIFA "Russia 2018”
Head of Real Estate Advisory in Russia and CIS, KPMG
Executive Director – Tourism and Leisure, Bahrain Economic Development Board
Walter C. Neumann
Chief Executive Officer, AZIMUT Hotels
National Director, Head of Research, JLL
Chief Executive Officer, KhayaMedia
Co-founder and co-owner, Frontdesk.ru / Big Tree / TrustYou Russia
Chief Executive Officer, Osnova Group
Managing Director, RIMC CIS, LLC
Deputy Director, NAO Krasnaya Polyana
Human Resources Director, L'Oréal Luxe, Russia
Managing Director, Bevelia Hospitality Group
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.
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?
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"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