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Michael Collini

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

David Jenkins

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

Alexander Kaltykov

Chief Executive Officer, Osnova Group

Scott Antel

Hospitality and Leisure Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR

Tatiana Veller

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

Cuneyt Baltaoglu

Managing Director, Akfen REIT

Imad Barrakad

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

Michael Johnston

Chief Executive Officer, Regional Hotel Chain LLC

Dimitry Tetiouchev

Partner, Hospitality Industry Leader in the CIS, EY

Philippe Bone

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

Michael O'Hare

Managing Director, Horwath HTL Hungary & Russia

Petr Chitipakhovyan

President, CH-Group

Daniel Thorniley

President, DT-Global Business Consulting GmbH

Thomas Emanuel

Director of Business Development, STR

Vadim Prasov

Managing Partner, Alliance Hotel Management

Vladimir Poddubko

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

Vladimir Ilichev

Development Director - Russia & CIS, Hilton Worldwide

Aron Libinson

Associate Vice President Operations and Development Russia & CIS, IHG

Andrey Yakunin

Co-Founding Partner, VIY Management LLP

Marina Usenko

Independent Hotel Advisor

Alexander Skoblo

Partner, Head of European Hotel & Leisure Practice, Dentons

Anatoly Kondratenko

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

Press Release

16 Oct 2012

Positioning Your Investment for Growth - Conference Day 1

Russia & CIS Hotel Investment Conference (RHIC) begins today at the Radisson Royal Hotel Moscow. Now in its eighth year, RHIC has become the region’s largest hotel industry gathering. Over 380 delegates from 33 countries will attend the conference. This three day event brings together top-level executives from all areas of the industry including investors, developers, brands, operators, financiers, advisors and government officials – all with one common purpose: to do business in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States.

“This year’s programme has a focus on real estate investors, with discussions centered on the growing interest to invest in the sector and returns,” stated Jonathan Worsley, Chairman of Bench Events, co-organiser of RHIC. “We are delighted to have the involvement of the Mayor’s office from Moscow, and also leading officials from St. Petersburg participating on conference sessions throughout this three-day event.”

RHIC attendees will gain insight from Russian and global leaders as to where the real opportunities lie in the region, discover successful strategies from those already operating in the market and hear from government officials and top economists on the latest forecasts and trends. More than 60 of the industry’s key players will speak at RHIC this year, sharing their knowledge and experience to help conference participants succeed and grow in their regions.

The Russia & CIS Hotel Investment Conference will be held on 15-17 October.
For full programme details, please visit

Press enquiries contact:
Katya Kotskaya, Tel: +7 (903) 7903995, Email:
Nataliya Andreeva, Tel: +7 (906) 7083180, Email:

Russia & CIS Hotel Investment Conference is organised by Bench Events and Questex Hospitality & Travel.

Confirmed Sponsors of RHIC
Founder Sponsor: Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels. Platinum Sponsors: Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group; Corinthia Hotels; Horwath HTL Hungary & Russia; Metropol Hotel Moscow and Ministry of Tourism of Brazil. Gold Sponsors: ACCOR; ACSP Airportcity Saint-Petersburg; AECOM; Argentina National Institute of Tourism Promotion; AZIMUT Hotels; Cushman & Wakefield; Deloitte; DLA Piper; Ernst & Young; Hilton Worldwide; HVS; InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG); Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Europe; Marriott International, Inc; Orient-Express Hotels; Quadriga, Salans; Schneider Electric; Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc.; WATG; and Wyndham Hotel Group.

About Bench Events
Bench Events has a long track record of delivering, with its partners, the premier hotel investment events in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Bench Events Chairman Jonathan Worsley is one of the organisers and founders of the highly successful International Hotel Investment Forum now in its 16th year. In 2005, he was responsible for launching the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference in Dubai, and in 2008 launched the Russia & CIS Hotel Investment Conference. In 2011 Bench Events added two events to the portfolio, co-hosting the Turkey & Neighbours Hotel Investment Conference and launching the Africa Hotel Investment Forum. For more information, visit

About Questex Media Group LLC
Questex Hospitality + Travel delivers integrated products and intuitive solutions to drive demand as the largest multimedia organisation in the world dedicated to the travel and hospitality industries. It represents a collaborative collection of tactical services consisting of robust online solutions, events and industry-leading publications. Within the hospitality division, Questex Hospitality + Travel will directly touch its audience through its breaking-news website,; industry news coverage seen in Hotel Management and HA+D magazines; and valuable networking events including International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF) Berlin, North America Hotel & Tourism Investment Conference, Asia Pacific Tourism Destination Investment Conference, North Asia Hotel Investment Conference, Russia & CIS Hotel Investment Conference, Turkey & Neighbors Hotel Investment Conference and Brazil Hospitality Investment Conference. For more information, visit