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Head of touristic department, JSC "Special Economic Zones"
Vice President Strategic Development, Russia & CIS, IHG
Area HR Director Eastern Europe, The Rezidor Hotel Group
Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst
Vice-Governor, Krasnodar Region Administration
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Unistroy
Associate Director, HVS Consulting & Valuation
Chief Executive Officer, Regional Hotel Chain LLC
General Director of seven hotels belonging to, Wenaasgruppen AS
Partner, Head of Hospitality Services, Cushman & Wakefield
Partner, Hospitality Industry Leader in the CIS, Ernst & Young
Deputy Governor, Stavropol Krai
Managing Partner, URBANE Group LLC
Vice President Eastern Europe & the CIS, Marriott International, Inc.
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Azimut Hotels
Commercial Director, Volgatransstroy
Vice President Development – Turkey, Russia and Eastern Europe, Hilton Worldwide
Head of Hotel Business, A.N.D. Corporation
Managing Director, CACHET Consulting
Managing Director, Horwath HTL Hungary & Russia
Member of the Board of Directors, AZIMUT Hotels
Minister of Tourism & Resorts, Krasnodar Region Administration
Managing Director, STR Global
Chief Financial Officer, Warimpex Finanz u Beteiligungs AG
Chief Executive Officer, The Baltic Travel Company
HR Director Russia, AZIMUT Hotels
General Manager - Development, AKWA Group
Chairman and CEO, Capella Hotels and Resorts
Deputy General Director for Organisation of Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix, JSC "Center Omega"
Rui M. Barros
SVP & Managing Director Europe, Middle East & Africa, Wyndham Hotel Group
Executive VP Sales, Distribution & Loyalty, ACCOR
Executive Vice President, Russia & CIS, Jones Lang LaSalle
Business Development Manager, Questex Hospitality + Travel Group
Director of Commercial Real Estate Department, Rosa Khutor Resort
Wolfgang M. Neumann
President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group
Director, Development for the Russia/CIS/Eastern Europe area, Marriott International
Chief Development Officer, ACCOR
Strategy & Investments Director, Airports of Regions
Deputy Mayor, City of Sochi
Managing Director, Horwath HTL Hungary & Russia
Partner and Head of Banking & Finance Practice Group, Dentons
Senior Partner, Macro Advisory
Chief Operating Officer Russia - CIS, ACCOR
Chief Revenue Officer, Ostrovok.ru
Executive Vice President International, Interstate Hotels and Resorts
Karl de Lacy
International Development Manager, Best Western International
Senior Banker, EBRD
Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global
Deputy General Director, Omega Centre
Chief Executive Officer, Abrau-Durso
ZAO IPP, (Owner, Ibis Paveletskaya)
General Director, DAKO Professional Team
CEO Continental Europe, Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels & Hospitality Group
State Conselour of Deputy Prime Minister, Government of Russian Federation
VP Operations - Central & Eastern Europe, Russia & CIS, IHG
Project Development Manager, JSC "Special Economic Zones"
Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM
Chairman, Hospitality and Tourism, Cushman & Wakefield
Partner, Head of CIS Hotel & Hospitality Practice, Dentons
Director, Acquisitions & Development, CIS & Baltics, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc
President EMEA - HVS Executive Search, Managing Director Russia & CIS - HVS Global Hospitality Services
Partner, DLA Piper
Adviser to the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Gleden Invest
Senior Director, Acquisitions & Development, Russia, CIS & Baltics, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc.
Vice President of Market Management EMEA, Expedia Lodging Partner Services
Senior Vice President Business Development, The Rezidor Hotel Group
Head of Hotel Investment Office, Venture Investments & Yield Management LLP
RHIC 2013 a Huge Success
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.
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.”