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Dimitry Tetiouchev

Partner, Hospitality Industry Leader in the CIS, EY

Anatoly Kondratenko

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

Daniel Thorniley

President, DT-Global Business Consulting GmbH

Scott Antel

Hospitality and Leisure Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Vadim Prasov

Managing Partner, Alliance Hotel Management

Michael Collini

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

Marina Usenko

Independent Hotel Advisor

Tatiana Veller

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

Petr Chitipakhovyan

President, CH-Group

Philippe Bone

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

Alexander Skoblo

Partner, Head of European Hotel & Leisure Practice, Dentons

David Jenkins

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

Andrey Yakunin

Co-Founding Partner, VIY Management LLP

Michael Johnston

Chief Executive Officer, Regional Hotel Chain LLC

Thomas Emanuel

Director of Business Development, STR

Aron Libinson

Associate Vice President Operations and Development Russia & CIS, IHG

Alexander Kaltykov

Chief Executive Officer, Osnova Group

Imad Barrakad

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

Cuneyt Baltaoglu

Managing Director, Akfen REIT

Vladimir Poddubko

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR

Michael O'Hare

Managing Director, Horwath HTL Hungary & Russia

Vladimir Ilichev

Development Director - Russia & CIS, Hilton Worldwide

Press Release

25 Jul 2013

Russia & CIS Investment Conference Will Focus on Creating Legacy to Winter Games

The Russia & CIS Hotel Investment Conference (RHIC), the region’s premier event for the hotel and tourism investment industry to be held in Sochi, Russia, from 22-23 October, will focus on  Russia’s investment and development outlook and feature discussions by government officials and tourism executives on how the industry can leverage infrastructure improvements made for the Olympic Winter Games in 2014 to create a legacy for Sochi, the Krasnodar region and Russia as a whole.
Russia remains an attractive proposition to investors with many development opportunities for the international hotel community. The number of hotels in Russia, the Commonwealth of Independent States and Georgia grew by 10 percent last year alone, with 65 percent of new hotels opening in Kiev, Baku and Sochi, according to the annual HVS Trends & Opportunities Report. A further 6,400 hotel rooms are scheduled to be built in Moscow by 2018, a growth of 37 percent. During the same period, St. Petersburg and Sochi will increase their room stock by 1,260 rooms (18 percent) and 3,800 rooms (22 percent), respectively.

“This year’s programme has a focus on investment opportunities and notably the legacy from hosting the Winter Olympics and the government’s drive to improve infrastructure,” said Jonathan Worsley, chairman of Bench Events, co-organiser of RHIC. “The Krasnodar Regional Administration is taking a leading role with us on this important industry event, with the support of the Mayor of Sochi, the Head of the Federal Agency for Russian Tourism and the Minister of Investment & Innovation from the Moscow region.”

More than 400 industry leaders are expected to participate at RHIC this year, which will be held at the Radisson Blu Resort & Congress Centre in Sochi.

Tatiana Veller, HVS Executive Search president for the EMEA region and HVS Global Hospitality Services managing director for Russia & CIS, will host a session entitled, “Sochi – Career Stepping Stone or a Tomb Stone?  Staffing for the Games and After.” Her panel will include Svetlana Bova, Fine Hotels director of human resources; Maria Dvorman,  Rezidor Hotel Group area human resources director for eastern Europe; and Rafal Jaskula, DAKO Professional Team general director.

For details, visit

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Russia & CIS Hotel Investment Conference (RHIC) – 22-23 October 2013, Radisson Blu Resort & Congress Centre, Sochi, Russia. To register to attend this event, and for details of the conference programme, please visit

RHIC is co-organised by Bench Events and Questex Media Group, which also organises the Turkey and Neighbours Hotel Investment Conference and the International Hotel Investment Forum Berlin.

Founder Sponsor: Jones Lang LaSalle
Host Sponsor: Radisson Blu Resort & Congress Centre Sochi
Strategic Partner: Krasnodar Region Administration

Platinum Sponsor: The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group

Gold Sponsors: Accor; AECOM; Airport City St Petersburg; Argentina National Institute of Tourism Promotion; AZIMUT Hotels;  Best Western International; Dentons; DLA Piper; EY; Hilton Worldwide; Horwath HTL Hungary & Russia; HVS; InterContinental Hotels Group; Marriott International Inc.; Smarteq; Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc.; STR Global; and Wyndham  Hotel Group.

Supporters: Cornell School of Hotel Administration; Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne; Federal Agency for Tourism of the Russian Federation; International Tourism Partnership; Ministry for Investments and Innovations of the Moscow region; UNWTO; and World Travel & Tourism Council.

Media Partners: Commercial Real Estate; Destinations of the World News, EuropaProperty, frontdesk; HA+D; HIT Club; Hotel Analyst; Hotel & Restaurant Business Management; Hotel & Restaurant Ukraine; Hotel Management; Hoteliero; Hotel Planet;; Modern Hotel; Next Stop; VIP Hotelier; Russia Beyond the Headlines; Rway; Sleeper; Travel and Tour World; TTG Russia; and YourBusinessChannel.

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 17th year. In 2005, he was responsible for launching the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference in Dubai and in 2008 developed 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.  In 2012 Bench Events co-hosted the British Hospitality & Tourism Summit in London and the Morocco Tourism Investment Forum in 2013. For more information, visit

About Questex Media Group
Questex Hospitality + Travel, the largest multimedia organization in the world dedicated to hospitality and travel, drives revenue, productivity and value creation for these related industries through strategic investment and deal-making forums, powerful lead-generation tools, interactive online business solutions, world-class events and industry-leading publications.

Questex Hospitality + Travel operates throughout the United States and Americas regions, EMEA and Asia/Pacific through a variety of market-leading properties and services including International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF) Berlin, North America Hotel & Tourism Investment Conference, Asia Pacific Hotel Investment Conference, Asia Pacific Tourism Destination Investment Conference, Brazil Hospitality Investment Conference, Russia & CIS Hotel Investment Conference, Turkey & Neighbours Hotel Investment Conference, HOTEC Design North America and HOTEC Operations & Technology North America; lead generation portal; industry news delivery services in print, online and mobile worldwide via IHIF: Hotel Investment News along with Hotel Management and HA+D magazines. For more information please visit

For more information, contact:
Sally Marwaha, Event Manager