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Andrey Yakunin

Co-Founding Partner, VIY Management LLP

Michael Collini

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

Philippe Bone

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

Alexander Kaltykov

Chief Executive Officer, Osnova Group

Cuneyt Baltaoglu

Managing Director, Akfen REIT

Aron Libinson

Associate Vice President Operations and Development Russia & CIS, IHG

Anatoly Kondratenko

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

Michael Johnston

Chief Executive Officer, Regional Hotel Chain LLC

Vladimir Poddubko

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

Vladimir Ilichev

Development Director - Russia & CIS, Hilton Worldwide

Alexander Skoblo

Partner, Head of European Hotel & Leisure Practice, Dentons

Tatiana Veller

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

Petr Chitipakhovyan

President, CH-Group

Vadim Prasov

Managing Partner, Alliance Hotel Management

Marina Usenko

Independent Hotel Advisor

Thomas Emanuel

Director of Business Development, STR

Daniel Thorniley

President, DT-Global Business Consulting GmbH

David Jenkins

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

Imad Barrakad

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

Scott Antel

Hospitality and Leisure Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR

Michael O'Hare

Managing Director, Horwath HTL Hungary & Russia

Dimitry Tetiouchev

Partner, Hospitality Industry Leader in the CIS, EY

Press Release

12 May 2011

Russia remains upbeat as fastest growing region in CEE

According to a recent survey by DT Global Business Consulting, there is a growing sense of confidence that 2011 will prove to be a steady to good year for business in Russia. That said, despite sales getting back to 2008 levels for some companies, most executives agree and accept that the boom, glory days of easy money in 2007?08 have probably gone forever. Russia stands out as the fastest growth market in the CEE region above Turkey and Poland.

When asked what their medium?term CEE priority markets are (executives could select three): 80% of regional managers chose Russia; 50% selected Poland; and 37% picked Turkey. Ukraine, Romania and Czech Republic followed. When asked in which markets they expect to hire staff in 2011, the responses were: 67% Russia; 41% Poland; 35% Turkey; and 30% Ukraine.

The report also concluded that while the construction industry along with real estate was savaged in 2009, by the end of 2010 there were the first reports of recovery to sustained levels of 4?9% growth. Michael O’Hare, Managing Director of Horwath HTL Russia & Hungary, specialists in these markets  echoed an increasingly positive outlook "The first quarter of 2011 has proven to be interesting as investors seek to revisit projects that have been dormant over the last few years in addition to exploring new opportunities in the hotel sector - this is a clear sign that confidence has returned to the market - however, the real catalyst for development growth will be banking institutions willingness to lend to this sector."

The Russia and CIS Hotel investment conference taking place in Moscow in October, will bring  together investors, developers and operators specifically interested in these regions to examine the current state of the markets, identify the hotspots for growth and provide solutions for raising finance for new and current projects.

With the approach of the Winter Olympics in Sochi 2014 projects are on the move with several deals from Interstate and Hilton underway at last year’s Russia and CIS Hotel Investment Conference.  IFK Hotel Management, as an official representative of Golden Tulip Hospitality Group in Russia and The Rosa Khutor Ski Resort Development Company, have also just signed a management agreement for two newly-built hotels located in Krasnaya Polyana village, close to Sochi – the host city.

Tulip Inn Rosa Khutor 3* is scheduled to open in time for the new ski season in December 2011. This is the first hotel for the Golden Tulip Hospitality Group in the Russian market.  Situated in the heart of the resort Golden Tulip Rosa Khutor 4* hotel is also expected to open in 2012. The hotel will provide excellent location for skiers and guests of the Winter Olympics 2014.

Says Philippe Brisbois, IFK Hotel Management CEO “With the signing of the management agreement with The Rosa Khutor Ski Resort Development Company and launching new international brands recognized by millions of travelers worldwide we start a new chapter in the Russian hotel market”.

The Russia and CIS Hotel Investment Conference will take place at the Radisson Royal Hotel, Moscow,  17-19 October 2011. Registration is now open, for further information visit   




Notes to Editors:

Press enquiries contact Grant Collier, +44(0)208 668 0218.



RHIC is organised by Bench Events and Questex Media


Sponsors of RHIC

RHIC is sponsored by Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels, Carlson, Corinthia Hotels, Horwath HTL Russia & Hungary, The Rezidor Hotel Group, Accor, Azimut Hotels, Best Western, Cushman and Wakefield, Deloitte, DLA Piper, Hilton Worldwide, Hyatt International, IHG, Marriott International, Orient-Express Hotels, Salans, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc, WATG.


About Bench Events

Bench Events has a long track record in co-hosting the premier hotel investment events in Europe and the Middle East. Bench Events’ Chairman, Jonathan Worsley, is one of the organisers and founders of the highly successful International Hotel Investment Forum now in its fourteenth year ( In 2005, he was responsible for launching the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference in Dubai (; in 2008 launched the Russia & CIS Hotel Investment Conference ( In 2011 Bench Events co-hosted the Central Asia and Turkey Hotel Investment Conference (, and will launch Hotel Investment Conference Africa, in Morocco (


Bench Events’ sister company, JW Bench, is a benchmarking company that has successfully launched the Conference Bench and the Productivity Bench. An industry first, the Conference Bench, measures performance data for conference and banqueting space in 10 cities throughout Europe and the Middle East.


About Questex Media

The Travel + Hospitality Group ( Media LLC
The Travel + Hospitality Group delivers integrated products and intuitive solutions to drive demand as the largest multimedia organization 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 Travel Division, the Travel + Hospitality Group will reach audience members through a variety of digital, print and event services. These include up-to-the-minute online portals,; print publications Luxury Travel Advisor and Travel Agent; cutting-edge educational sites and; live networking events Luxury Travel Expo, Caribbean Meeting and Incentive Travel Exchange, Incentive Travel Exchange, Europe Meeting & Incentive Travel Exchange and Hawaii Travel Exchange; and on the online luxury booking system