Condensed into one day, the conference programme will be packed with industry experts sharing their knowledge. Participants will get strong macro and micro trends reports, direct hotel investment overview and development opportunities from the industry leaders, honest and targeted closed-door discussions only on hot and relevant topics.

Interested in becoming a speaker? Please contact Daria Kashurina for more details.

Tuesday 24 October 2017

08:00 - 09:00


Registration and Welcome Coffee

09:00 - 09:10

Welcome Remarks

Jonathan Worsley
Chairman and Founder, Bench Events

09:10 - 09:30

Macro Trends Report

The Russia Business Outlook. Key Drivers for Success and why the market may be better than you expect.

Christopher J. Weafer
Founding Partner of Macro-Advisory Ltd

09:30 - 09:50

Real Estate Investment Outlook

Vladimir Pantiushin
Director of Research, JLL

09:50 - 10:40

Investment and Development Outlook

What are the most promising investment opportunities? What the big players are doing and what is the future? What are the current projects on the market? 

Tatiana Veller
National Director, Head of Hotels & Hospitality Group JLL, Russia & CIS

In conversation with:

Dmitry Pavlov
Vice President of Sistema PJSFC, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Cosmos Group

Igor Romanov
Member of Board of Directors, Azimut Hotels Company

Tatiana Ternavskaya
CEO Fosun Eurasia Capital and Chief Representative of Fosun in Russia

Andrey Yakunin
Co-Founding Partner, VIY Management LLP

10:40 - 11:00

Q&A and Press Briefing

11:00 - 11:30


Coffee Break

11:30 - 11:50

Hotel Performance Report

Thomas Emanuel
Director of Business Development, STR

11:50 - 12:30

How is Market Performance Influencing Hotel Development?

Is the Russian market recovering enough to drive new investment? 

Andrew Sangster
Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst Group of Titles

In conversation with:

Alexis Delaroff
COO Russia & CIS countries, AccorHotels

David Jenkins
Vice President Business Development Russia, CIS, Baltics and Israel, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group

12:30 - 13:00

Outbound Russian Investment

What are the most promising investment opportunities outside of Russia: Cuba,Cyprus, Sri Lanka, Middle East?

Sanjeev Gardiner
Group Chairman, The Galle Face Hotel Group

Ajay Goyal
Owner, Zening Resorts

13:00 - 14:30



14:30 - 15:30

Board Room Meeting 1


What could we expect from hotels performance for 2018 and beyond? If something is not ready, should we finish with it or not?

Lana Klyeva
Head of Operations Russia, BYROM plc / MATCH Accommodation 2018

Alexey Krivenko
Assistant to CEO, Directorate of Moscow Transportation Hub

Aron Libinson
Vice President, Operations and Development, Russia, CIS and Georgia, IHG

14:30 - 15:30

Boardroom Meeting 2

Transforming top emerging domestic destinations from SOCHI to ALTAI and KAMCHATKA

What are the best practices in each region and USPs? Any opportunities still available there? The development of casino industry and how does it help to smooth the hotel occupancy on the low seasons. Are there better returns for hotels with casinos? 

Marina Smirnova
Partner, Head of Hospitality and Tourism, Cushman & Wakefield

In conversation with:

Evgeniy Makarov
Deputy General Director, Rosa Khutor

15:30 - 16:30

Boardroom Meeting 3

Independent Hotels VS Branded Hotels

In the regions, is it better to invest in independent hotels? How do they survive the competition and deliver results?

Vladimir Ilichev
Senior Development Director – Russia & CIS, Hilton

Debesh Sharma
Founder & CEO, Azent LLC

15:30 - 16:30

Boardroom Meeting 4


According to the research provided for this event, the following three destinations compete with Russia on attracting FDI. What are the USPs of each investment destination, is there still potential for hotel development or oversupply of lodging facilities? Which criteria are the most important for investors.

Farid Abdullayev
Managing Director, Feronia Capital

Sergey Egorov
Director of Development at Russia & CIS, Wyndham Hotel Group

Keti Mikashavidze
Business Development Manager, Georgia & CIS, T3 Hospitality Management

16:30 - 17:30

Boardroom Meeting 5

Alternative Accommodation Investment

Serviced Apartments, Hostels, Co-living - what’s next? How is the business model different? Faster returns or not?

Margarita Nayshtut
Senior Consultant Hotels & Hospitality Group Russia & CIS, JLL

In conversation with:

Navneet Bali
Chairman, Meininger Hotels

Evgenia Jenkins
General Director, Netizen Group

Frederique Raveau
VP, Business Development, Europe, The Ascott Limited

Karine Shmareva
Managing Director, Intermark Serviced Apartments

16:30 - 17:30

Board Room Meeting 6

Rise of the Third-party Management Companies

Third party management company VS Brand management company 

Pavel Elnikov
Senior Associate, Head of Hospitality and Leisure, Russia and CIS DLA Piper

In conversation with:

Maxim Khoroshenkov
President, Cosmos Group, LLC

Alexey Korobkin
Senior Director Of Development, Marriott International

Vadim Prasov
Vice-President, Federation of Restaurateurs and Hoteliers of Russia; Managing Partner, Alliance Hotel Management

17:30 -


Evening Reception at the Radisson Blu Belorusskaya