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Anatoly Kondratenko

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

Marina Usenko

Independent Hotel Advisor

Thomas Emanuel

Director of Business Development, STR

Michael O'Hare

Managing Director, Horwath HTL Hungary & Russia

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR

Scott Antel

Hospitality and Leisure Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Vladimir Poddubko

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

Imad Barrakad

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

Dimitry Tetiouchev

Partner, Hospitality Industry Leader in the CIS, EY

Daniel Thorniley

President, DT-Global Business Consulting GmbH

Alexander Skoblo

Partner, Head of European Hotel & Leisure Practice, Dentons

Vladimir Ilichev

Development Director - Russia & CIS, Hilton Worldwide

Andrey Yakunin

Co-Founding Partner, VIY Management LLP

Tatiana Veller

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

Michael Collini

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

Aron Libinson

Associate Vice President Operations and Development Russia & CIS, IHG

Michael Johnston

Chief Executive Officer, Regional Hotel Chain LLC

David Jenkins

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

Alexander Kaltykov

Chief Executive Officer, Osnova Group

Philippe Bone

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

Petr Chitipakhovyan

President, CH-Group

Vadim Prasov

Managing Partner, Alliance Hotel Management

Cuneyt Baltaoglu

Managing Director, Akfen REIT

Press Release

02 Dec 2010

Partnership and Deals at RHIC Finalised

Strategic Partnership Announced at RHIC 2010

Moscow, Russia- December 1, 2010.

NBB-Development and Interstate Hotels & Resorts (IHR) have announced a strategic partnership to manage hotels as part of the Gornaya Carousel mountain resort during Russia & CIS Hotel Investment Conference held 25-27 October at the newly opened, Renaissance Moscow Monarch Centre
“As one of Russia's most established hotel management companies, Interstate is delighted to have been selected as the main operator of hotels in Krasnaya Polyana and to be part of both the Russian Winter Olympic initiative. It is truly a fantastic new international quality resort development,” stated Ken McLaren, Executive Vice-President of Interstate Management Services, Limited. “Krasnaya Polyana will not only be an important part of the Winter Olympic infrastructure, but on completion will be a tremendous, pioneering, high quality, mixed use development for domestic and international travellers looking for an exciting new destination.”

“RHIC is known as a great place to meet future business contacts and for making deals. This year clearly was no different. In addition to the partnership between NBB-Development and Interstate Hotels & Resorts, many other deals are now under discussion” commented Jonathan Worsley, Co-Organiser of RHIC. “Hilton Worldwide was able to conduct three deals at the event, new hotels will open in Yaroslavl and Kazan, as well as Hilton Worldwide’s second hotel in Moscow. It’s evident that the decision makers and leading industry professionals were in attendance and ready to do business.”

Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president of development, Europe and Africa, Hilton Worldwide, said, “Today’s announcement is an exciting milestone for Hilton Worldwide in Russia. We entered the market only two years ago and have seen remarkable expansion of our brands since then. We continue to see owners and investors eager to work with us, for both new build and conversion projects, attracted by our multi-brand offering and brand strength which resonate with domestic and international guests.”

For press enquiries, please contact Christina Belenky at +1 212-895-8277 or Grant Collier at +44 (0) 208 668 0218.

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