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2013 Speakers

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Aron Libinson

Vice President Strategic Development, Russia & CIS, IHG

Jean-Luc Chretien

Executive VP Sales, Distribution & Loyalty, ACCOR

Igor Romanov

Member of the Board of Directors, AZIMUT Hotels

Marina Smirnova

Partner, Head of Hospitality Services, Cushman & Wakefield

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Arina Sosnovskaya

Head of touristic department, JSC "Special Economic Zones"

Marius Gomola

Managing Director, Horwath HTL Hungary & Russia

Georg Folian

Chief Financial Officer, Warimpex Finanz u Beteiligungs AG

Oleg Zabara

Deputy General Director for Organisation of Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix, JSC "Center Omega"

Vladislav Smirnov

Chief Executive Officer, Regional Hotel Chain LLC

Albert Gilfanov

Chairman of the Board of Directors, Unistroy

Arild Hovland

Senior Vice President Business Development, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Alexey Korobkin

Associate Director, HVS Consulting & Valuation

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Evgeny Kudelya

Minister of Tourism & Resorts, Krasnodar Region Administration

Leila Urazbaeva

Senior Banker, EBRD

Alexander Zaporozhsky

Strategy & Investments Director, Airports of Regions

Andrey Murga

Deputy Governor, Stavropol Krai

David Jenkins

Executive Vice President, Russia & CIS, Jones Lang LaSalle

Petr Chitipakhovyan

President, CH-Group

Pavel Titov

Chief Executive Officer, Abrau-Durso

Alexander Skoblo

Partner, Head of CIS Hotel & Hospitality Practice, Dentons

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Ariane Gorin

Vice President of Market Management EMEA, Expedia Lodging Partner Services

Vladislav Mazhorov

State Conselour of Deputy Prime Minister, Government of Russian Federation

Yury Sapozhnikov

Commercial Director, Volgatransstroy

Rui M. Barros

SVP & Managing Director Europe, Middle East & Africa, Wyndham Hotel Group

Boris Fabrikant

ZAO IPP, (Owner, Ibis Paveletskaya)

Michael O'Hare

Managing Director, Horwath HTL Hungary & Russia

Karl de Lacy

International Development Manager, Best Western International

Anatoly Kondratenko

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

Scott Antel

Partner, DLA Piper Russia/CIS

Maria Dvorman

Area HR Director Eastern Europe, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Ken McLaren

Executive Vice President International, Interstate Hotels and Resorts

Alexis Delaroff

Chief Operating Officer Russia - CIS, ACCOR

Mikhail Kolesnik

Director, Development for the Russia/CIS/Eastern Europe area, Marriott International

Ivica Čačić

Vice President Eastern Europe & the CIS, Marriott International, Inc.

Evgeny Bezel

Managing Partner, URBANE Group LLC

Gregory Chernov

General Director of seven hotels belonging to, Wenaasgruppen AS

Alex Slesar

Adviser to the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Gleden Invest

Andrew Pyner

Chief Revenue Officer,

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Natalya Razvazhnaya

HR Director Russia, AZIMUT Hotels

Richard Tibbott

Chairman, Hospitality and Tourism, Cushman & Wakefield

Christoph Härle

Chief Executive Officer, Europe - Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Tatiana Veller

President EMEA - HVS Executive Search, Managing Director Russia & CIS - HVS Global Hospitality Services

Liudmila Koudryavtseva

Chief Executive Officer, The Baltic Travel Company

Tim Stubbs

Partner and Head of Banking & Finance Practice Group, Dentons

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Vyacheslav Ivanov

Head of Hotel Investment Office, Venture Investments & Yield Management LLP

Sergey Zolotarev

Project Development Manager, JSC "Special Economic Zones"

Rolf Hübner

VP Operations - Central & Eastern Europe, Russia & CIS, IHG

Michael Collini

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

Rafal Jaskula

General Director, DAKO Professional Team

Chris Weafer

Senior Partner, Macro Advisory

Marina Usenko

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

Evgeny Makarov

Director of Commercial Real Estate Department, Rosa Khutor Resort

Nikolay Buturlakin

Vice-Governor, Krasnodar Region Administration

Dmitry Tetiouchev

Partner, Hospitality Industry Leader in the CIS, Ernst & Young

Gregory Byrnes

Business Development Manager, Questex Hospitality + Travel Group

Christian Karaoglanian

Chief Development Officer, ACCOR

Alexey Shchipitsin

Deputy General Director, Omega Centre

Alexander Klyachin

Chairman of the Board of Directors, Azimut Hotels

Vladimir Poddubko

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

Horst Schulze

Chairman and CEO, Capella Hotels and Resorts

Oleg Yasyuk

Deputy Mayor, City of Sochi

Date and venue announced for RHIC 2014

We are delighted to announce that the Russia & CIS Hotel Investment Conference (RHIC) will return to Moscow, from 20 – 22 October 2014 to celebrate its 10th Anniversary, at the new Congress Park at the Radisson Royal Hotel.

RHIC is the leading hotel investment conference in Russia, and this globally recognised event brings together hotel investors, operators, developers, advisors and country officials from more than 26 countries to debate the latest issues and developments affecting investment and business in this exciting region.

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RHIC 2013 - a huge success

The Russia & CIS Hotel Investment Conference (RHIC) 2013 took place 22-23 October at the Radisson Blu Resort & Congress Centre. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the 360 who attended for making it such a great success.A special thank you to our host hotel, the Radisson Blu Resort & Congress Centre, and our Strategic Partner, the Krasnodar Region Administration for supporting the event and hosting the incredible opening night reception, and sightseeing tours to the Olympic facilities in Krasnaya Polyana and in the coastal resort by the Olympic Park.

With just 100 days to go before the opening of the 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, the official opening brought the Deputy Mayor of Sochi, Oleg Yosyuk, to the stage along with the Vice Governor of the Krasnador Region Administration, Nikolay Buturakin, to provide a important scene-setter for the next 2 day's discussions at RHIC. Anita Mendiratta, Founder and Managing Director at Cachet Consulting joined the distinguished officials on stage to moderate the opening sessions.

With Russia attracting over 25 million international tourists per year, at a rate of over 13% growth vs. 2012 (a staggering growth rate considering global growth of tourism was just under 4%), the ability to maximise growth potential has become a national priority. Sochi, with 145km of shoreline and 16 seaports, currently enjoys over 4 million tourists per year.

More than 25,000 new rooms will greet the guests of the Olympiad, however these visitors will come and go and what will remain? Empty hotels, stadiums and arenas that won’t serve anyone or a thriving resort which will attract international visitors?

Sochi and the region have a clear understanding of the critical enablers to effective, sustainable growth of tourism, and has put in place the infrastructure essential for growth including a new power station, transport systems and ITC infrastructure, however the percentage of international visitors is very low, due to the difficulties in obtaining Russian visas and the lack of international flights into Sochi.

The regional governments have activated specific programmes to incentivize hotel investors and resort developers to take advantage of the city and region, especially noting the upcoming Winter Olympics, F1 and FIFA World Cup mega-events.

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Oleg Zabara, Deputy CEO for Formula 1 Grand Prix of Russia, Omega Centre JSC:
"RHIC 2013 provides excellent opportunities for gaining insight into how to make a mega event a catalyst for the development of the tourist industry of the country. Formula 1 is an event of just such large scale which will give an additional impetus to the post-Olympic development of Sochi, as thousands of Russian and foreign visitors will be coming to the city for the races. People need thrills, and it’s our goal as the promoters of the Grand Prix of Russia to make the races unforgettable so that the guests would want to return time after time. I have no doubt that we’ll be able to inspire the visitors to Sochi to come here again.”