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Albert Galeev

Editor-In-Chief, Condé Nast Traveller

Michael O'Hare

Managing Director, Horwath HTL Hungary & Russia

Marina Pochinok

Business Development and External Relations Director, KidZania

Alexander Orlov

Founder and President, Bulldozer Group

Sergey Kolesnikov

Vice-President, Federation of Restaurateurs and Hoteliers

Alexander Kaltykov

Chief Executive Officer, Osnova Group

Lyudmila Soldatova

Human Resources Business Partner, Siemens Healthcare

David Jenkins

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Pavel Elnikov

Senior Associate, DLA Piper Russia

Marina Tarnopolskaya

Managing Partner, “Agency Contact”

Anatoly Kondratenko

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

Aron Libinson

Vice President Development, Russia, CIS & Georgia, IHG

Petr Chitipakhovyan

President, CH-Group

Igor Bukharov

President, Federation of Restaurateurs and Hoteliers

Tom Mundy

National Director, Head of Research, JLL

Daniel Thorniley

President, DT-Global Business Consulting

Mikhail Gavrilin

First Deputy General Director and Supervisory Board Member, Mospromstroy

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Evgeniy Bugrovskiy

Managing Director, Heliopark Hotels & Resorts

Bart Carnahan

Senior Vice President Acquisitions & Development, EAME, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

Alexander Skoblo

Partner, Head of European Hotel & Leisure Practice, Dentons

Vladimir Poddubko

Head of Hotel Business, A.N.D. Corporation

Karen Goncharov

President, Tourism Promotion Association INNOVATION RUSSIA

Anastassia Beliakova

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Add One Touch

Walter C. Neumann

Chief Executive Officer, AZIMUT Hotels

Vadim Zelenski

Chairman, ABT-ACTE Russia

Michael A. Johnston

Chief Executive Officer, Regional Hotel Chain LLC

Natalia Ofitserova

Human Resources Director, L'Oréal Luxe, Russia

Nikolai Oganezov

Director, Regional Association of Gaming Business SFD

Steven Daines

Chief Executive Officer - HotelServices Northern Europe, Russia & CIS, AccorHotels

Ivan Merkulov

President, PIR EXPO

Thomas Emanuel

Director of Business Development, STR Global

Ivica Čačić

Regional Vice President Eastern Europe and the CIS, Marriott International, Inc.

Arkadiy Amelin

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, DIMARS GROUP

Cuneyt Baltaoglu

Managing Director, Akfen REIT

Nikolay Galyanov

Human Resources Director, TSUM

Evgeny Bezel

Managing Partner, URBANE Group LLC

Alexey Musakin

Chief Executive Officer, Cronwell Hotels & Resorts

Luc Gesvret

Senior Vice President Sales, Distribution & Loyalty Russia Georgia & CIS , AccorHotels

Scott Antel

Hospitality and Leisure Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Alexander Samodurov

Vice President, NAI Becar

Daniel Ruff

President and Managing Director (EMEAI), Wyndham Hotel Group

Andrey Yakunin

Co-Founding Partner, VIY Management LLP

Ludmila Koudryavtseva

Chief Executive Officer, The Baltic Travel Company

Tatiana Veller

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

Vadim Prasov

Managing Partner, Alliance Hotel Management

Dimitris Manikis

Vice President Business Development EMEA, RCI

Alexis Delaroff

Chief Operating Officer Russia, Georgia & CIS, AccorHotels

Speakers confirmed for RHIC 2015

We're delighted to announce the Russia & CIS Hotel Investment Conference (RHIC), the premier meeting for the region’s hotel and tourism investment community, will return to Moscow 27-28 October 2015 hosted by the Azimut Moscow Olympic Hotel.

Russia is going through a tough time right now, both economically and politically. The decline in the country’s economic performance has had a serious impact on tourism and the hotel market, and the immediate future is far from optimistic. However Russia is a huge market and for some companies represents up to 60% of greater CEE business in terms of sales (CEE/CIS and Turkey). Jonathan Worsley, Chairman of Bench Events, commented that “we must carry-on in the short term to secure our future in the long term”.

Last year was a huge success with more than 390 top-level executives from all areas of the industry in attendance. 75% of the audience, which included investors, hotel owners, financiers, developers, brand representatives, operators, lawyers, advisors, architects and government officials were from Russian companies, a staggering 20% increase in the number of Russian participants since 2012.

  Click here to be kept up to date on the developments for RHIC 2015.



At RHIC 2014, delegates signed a petition to suppport the amendments to the Federal Law “On the Procedures for Entering the RF and Exiting the RF”, which are currently under consideration in the State Duma of the RF and which would allow 72 hours entry into the territory of RF without the need for a visa.

This iniative has been signed by 112 delegates, representing 82 companies, including some of the leading hotel companies which represent more than 25,000 hotel rooms in Russia with occupancy levels of around 75%. Other companies that signed the person include some of the biggest foreign hotel investors, such as WARIMPEX, who own a controlling stake of Airport City in St. Petersburg; consultants, such as JLL, Cushman & Wakefield, KPMG, AECOM, EY; and major industry suppliers, such as Schneider Electric.

 Click here to view the Petition for visa facilitation at the Russia & CIS Hotel Investment Conference 2014

WHY ATTEND RHIC? Don't just take our word for it...

"Having attended conventions and conferences of all sizes and types for the past 2 decades, one of the most memorable was RHIC 2104 – kudos to bench events for the organization."
Noyan Konnolu, Prekon

"A great venue to meet old friends and welcome new partners."
Anatoly Kondratenko, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.s

"The only hotel investment event in the region where you can meet all the key decision makers in the Russia & CIS hotel business."
David Jenkins, Jones Lang LaSalle

"A must for industry insiders and newcomers interested in building a successful hotel business in Russia and the CIS."
Alexander Skoblo, Dentons

"The most representative event for Russia & CIS hotel development community."
Mikhail Kolesnik, Marriott International

"With such a robust pipeline, and so many untapped regional markets across the country, RHIC is a must attend event."
Thomas Emanuel, STR Global