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Georg Folian

Chief Financial Officer, Warimpex Finanz u Beteiligungs AG

Dirk Bakker

Head of EMEA Hotels, Colliers International

Sven Versteegh

Executive Director of Theme Park, Sochi-Park JSC

Vadim Prasov

Managing Partner of Alliance Hotels & Vice President, Restaurateurs and Hoteliers Federation, Russia

Igor Romanov

Member of the Board of Directors, AZIMUT Hotels

Alexis de La Palme

SVP – Head of Development Europe , Accor

Sonny Lundqvist

Scandinavia, CEO

Georgy Gakhariya

Business Ombudsman, Georgia

Irina Sheshero

President, National Investment Association

Sergey Shpilko

Chairman , Moscow City Committee on Tourism and Hotel Industry

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Markus Lehnert

Vice President, International Hotel Development, Marriott International, Inc.

Sven Osmers

Director - KPMG in Russia, Head of Real Estate Advisory practice in Russia and CIS, KPMG

Petr Chitipakhovyan

President, CH-Group

Ivan Kiseev

Vice President, JLL

Anatoly Kondratenko

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

Patrick Fitzgibbon

Senior Vice President Development - Europe & Africa, Hilton Worldwide

Christian Karaoglanian

Chief Development Officer, Accor

Viacheslav Romanov

Head of Research, Bank of Moscow

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Luc Gesvret

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

Maria Dvorman

Area HR Director Eastern Europe, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Sergey Vereshchagin

Chief Executive Officer, Northern Caucasus Resorts

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Alexander Klyachin

Chairman of the Board of Directors, Azimut Hotels

Robert Kempton

Hotel Segment Director, Western & Central Europe, Schneider Electric

Tatiana Veller

Hospitality Relationship Advisor, Questex / D2

Marius Gomola

Managing Director, Horwath HTL Hungary & Russia

Vladimir Poddubko

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

Deborah Haines

District Director Radisson Blu Russia, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Matt Luscombe

Chief Commercial Officer, Europe, IHG

Ara Aramyan

Deputy General Director, MC Dynamo

Andrea D'Amico

Regional Director - Italy, Eastern Europe and Middle East Africa,

Artem Shashkin

Deputy General Director, North Caucasus Development Corporation

Sergey Egorov

Development Director Russia and CIS, Wyndham Hotel Group

Yury Sapozhnikov

Commercial Director, Volgatransstroy

David Jenkins

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

Elena Lysenkova

Chief Executive Officer, Hospitality Income Consulting

Marina Usenko

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

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Anton Protsentov

Chief Executive Officer, GOST Hotel Management

Scott Antel

Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner Abu Dhabi

Ken McLaren

Executive Vice President, International Operations, Interstate Hotels and Resorts

Stepan Smitienko

Director Department of Investor Relations & Financial Institutions, OJSC Northern Caucasus Resorts

Evgeny Makarov

Vice-President, ProfEstate , Director, Commercial Real Estate Department, Rosa Khutor LLC

Russell Kett

Chairman, HVS – London Office

Jonathan Faiman

Chairman, Tempest Capital AG

Aidar Utkelov

Director, Astana Property management

Sergey Vladimirov

Head of Development Projects, Airport Development

Dmitry Tetiouchev

Partner, Hospitality Industry Leader in the CIS, EY

Sergey Degtyarev

Managing Director, Degtyarev Club Georgia

Vladimir Ilichev

Development Director - Russia & CIS, Hilton Worldwide

Inna Shalyto

Chairwoman, Committee on Tourism Development of St. Petersburg

Denis Sokolov

Head of Research and Strategic Advisory, Cushman & Wakefield

Mike Collini

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

Chris Weafer

Senior Partner, Macro Advisory

Alexis Delaroff

Chief Operating Officer Russia, Georgia & CIS, Accor

Evgeny Bezel

Managing Partner, URBANE Group LLC

Marina Smirnova

Partner, Head of Hospitality Services, Cushman & Wakefield

Ivica Čačić

Regional Vice President, Marriott International, Inc.

Olga Arkhangelskaya

Partner, Head of the Real Estate, Hospitality and Construction sectors in the CIS, EY

Daniel Thorniley

President, DT-Global Business Consulting

Arild Hovland

Senior Vice President Business Development, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Alexey Korobkin

Associate Director, Development, Russia, CIS and Georgia, IHG

Aron Libinson

Vice President Development, Russia, CIS & Georgia, IHG

Jean-Marc Farini

General Manager Rosa Khutor, Compagnie des Alpes

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Olga Grigorieva

Head of Structured and Project Finance Division, Managing Director, Raiffeisen Bank

Stephane Meyrat

Managing Director, Bevelia Hospitality Group

Natalia Tischendorf

European Director, Head of Corporate Finance , JLL Capital Markets

Anastasiya Kremenchuk


Gottfried Hart

Senior Director, Energy Optimisation, , The Rezidor Hotel Group

Andrey Murga

Deputy Governor, Stavropol Krai

Frédéric Marion

Deputy CEO - Flaine, Compagnie des Alpes

Svetlana Bats

Head of Hotel interiors Department, Smart Company

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Michael Johnston

Chief Executive Officer, Regional Hotel Chain LLC

Alexander Timokhov

Deputy Chairman, Moscow City Committee for Architecture and Urban Planning

Stefano Carosi

Head of Unit Financing, Real Estate Finance, UniCredit Bank

Thomas Emanuel

Director of Business Development, STR Global

Alexander Skoblo

Partner, Head of European Hotel & Leisure Practice, Dentons

RHIC 2014 - A Huge Success!

The 10th Annual Russia & CIS Hotel Investment Conference (RHIC), the premier meeting for the region’s hotel and tourism investment community, 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 development for RHIC 2015.

Photos from RHIC 2014:




Leadership Award, presented to God Nisanov and Zarakh Iliev:

Announcements made at RHIC 2014:

Tuesday 21 October:
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®) today at RHIC announces the launch of its Holiday Inn Express brand in Russia, CIS and Georgia. In cooperation with Regional Hotel Chain (RHC) IHG is pleased to introduce Holiday Inn Express® Voronezh – Kirova which marks the debut of the brand in the region. The hotel will officially open its doors next week.

Wednesday 22 October:
DoubleTree by Hilton Moscow – Marina will celebrate its official opening this afternoon with representatives from the Northern Administrative District of Moscow and Committee on Tourism and hotel business in Moscow. The 270 room upscale hotel is the first DoubleTree by Hilton property in Moscow, joining 75 DoubleTree by Hilton hotels trading and in the pipeline in Europe.


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