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Press Release

23 Aug 2010

Arild Hovland Chosen For Leadership Award By Russia & CIS Hotel Investment Conference (RHIC)

The Russia & CIS Hotel Investment Conference is pleased to announce that Arild Hovland, Senior Vice President of Business Development of The Rezidor Hotel Group, has been selected as the 2010 Leadership Award recipient. The RHIC Leadership Award will be given to Hovland during a special awards presentation on Wednesday 27th October. The award was designed to celebrate an individual who has made a significant contribution to the development of the hospitality industry and leisure and tourism sectors within the region.

“Arild is truly a leader in the region and is highly deserving of this award. Since 2004, Arild has grown The Rezidor Hotel Group portfolio in Russia & CIS and the Baltic states to the 26 open today with another 28 under development, which is an astounding feat,” said Gideon Dean, EVP of Questex Media Group, co-organisers of the RHIC. “He brings valuable and extensive experience of hotel operation and development to the region after serving more than 44 years in the industry and we are proud to celebrate his achievements at RHIC 2010.”

“Rezidor was one of the first international hotel groups to arrive in Russia and is today the leading international operator in the region thanks to Arild’s ambitious development strategy in the Russian Federation and CIS countries,” stated Jonathan Worsley, Bench Events Chairman, co-organiser of the RHIC. “He has truly made a difference to the development of the hospitality industry in the region and embodies the definition of leadership.”

Upon graduation from Ecole Hôtelière in Lausanne, Hovland gained extensive experience of hotel operation and development working with international hotel groups in Asia for a period of over 18 years. He first joined Rezidor SAS in 1988 starting up Rezidor’s Business Development office in Hong Kong. He later assumed the role of Vice President Business Development for The Rezidor Hotel Group in 1994 at their headquarters located in Brussels. In 2004, he opened Rezidor’s Representative Office in Moscow covering development in Russia & CIS and the Baltic States. As of today, The Rezidor Hotel Group is present in 62 countries and their portfolio consists of 400 hotels in operation and under development with 86,000 rooms.

Hovland was voted as winner of the 2010 Leadership Award by the RHIC Advisory board, made up of key hotel industry leaders with experience from the region. The advisory board is instrumental in developing a well-rounded and balanced programme with topics and regional issues to be presented and discussed on panels at the RHIC 2010.

The Russia & CIS Hotel Investment Conference will be held October 25-27, 2010 at the Renaissance Moscow Monarch Centre Hotel and is jointly organised by Questex Media Group LLC and Bench Events.

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Sponsors and supporters:

Founder Sponsor - Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels

Platinum Sponsors - Corinthia Hotels; Horwath HTL; Olympstroy; Renaissance Moscow Monarch Centre Hotel; The Rezidor Hotel Group

Gold Sponsors
- Accor; Azimut Hotels; Cushman & Wakefield; DLA Piper; Golden Tulip Hospitality Group; Hilton Worldwide; Hyatt Hotels & Resorts; IFK Hotel Management; IHG; Interstate Management Services; Jumeirah Group; Orient-Express Hotels; Salans; Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Inc; Venture Investments & Yield Management; Viceroy Hotel Group; Warimpex AG and WATG

Supporters – Cornell University School of Hotel Administration; Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne; International Tourism Partnership and World Travel & Tourism Council.

Media Sponsors - Destinations of the World News; Europaproperty;; Global Hotel Network; Hotel Analyst; Hotel & Motel Management; Hotel Design; Hotel and Restaurant: Business & Management Magazine; Hotel & Restaurant Business Magazine Ukraine; iHotel; Otelier; Next Stop; Russia Now; Sleeper Magazine; The Moscow Times; TTG Russia and Ukraine Association of Small Hotels.

For press inquiries, please contact Christina Belenky at +1 212 895 8277.

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