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

Matthew Weihs
Managing Director, Bench Events

Alexey Konyushkov
Deputy Head, Federal Agency for Tourism

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 Pantyushin
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:

Alexei Litvintsev
Senior Investment Director, Real Estate, Fosun Eurasia Capital (Fosun Group)

Igor Roganovich
Investment Director, JSFC Sistema

Igor Romanov
Member of Board of Directors, Azimut Hotels Company

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

Tomasz Janczak
Vice President for Growth & Digital, Plateno Germany Management

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: Cyprus, Sri Lanka and Costa Rica?

Matthew Weihs
Managing Director, Bench Events

In conversation with:

Sanjeev Gardiner
Group Chairman, The Galle Face Hotel Group

Ajay Goyal
Owner, Zening Resorts

Alexander Samodurov
Chief Executive Officer, NAI Becar

13:00 - 13:15

The Development of Integrated Resorts in the Russian Federation – The Tigre de Cristal case study

Why we chose to invest in the Primorye Integrated Entertainment Zone, our experience and progress to date, and additional steps required to ensure the success of the IEZ model in Russia and attract additional investment. 

Eric Landheer
Executive Director, Summit Ascent Holdings Limited

13:15 - 14:30



14:30 - 15:30

Boardroom Meeting 1


What are the unique selling points of each investment destination, is there still potential for hotel development or oversupply of lodging facilities? Which criteria are the most important for investors?

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

In conversation with:

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

Akaki Songulia
CEO, Alliance Group

14:30 - 15:30

Boardroom Meeting 2

Mixed Use Development

What are the current trends and opportunities? Is there an “ideal mix” or “best recipe”? Could the hotel be an anchor, or it is just an infrastructure element? If the hotel exists on the premises, does it bring additional value to the rest of the complex?

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

In conversation with:

Ali Albetkov
Managing Director, VEB Capital

Ara Aramyan
CEO, LLC "Petrovsky Park Hotel"

Irina Mosheva
Business Director, Vesper Moscow

Anatoly Romantsov
Head of Financial Analysis and Valuation, Capital Group

15:30 - 16:00


Coffee Break

16:00 - 16:45

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? How the branded hotel distribution and guest experience compete against OTAs or platforms like Azent (independent hotels booking launched in Russia)? Which system guarantees higher returns for Investors? Does the brand name guarantee higher hotels’ occupancy rates?

Angelika Normann
Senior Manager, Transaction Advisory Services – Real Estate, Hospitality & Leisure, Ernst & Young Valuation and Advisory Services LLC

In conversation with:

Vladimir Ilichev
Senior Development Director – Russia & CIS, Hilton

Saija Kekkonen
Managing Director for Finland, Baltics, Poland & Russia, Best Western Hotels&Resorts

Debesh Sharma
Founder & CEO, Azent LLC

16:00 - 16:45

Boardroom Meeting 4

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? 

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

In conversation with:

Hasan Arhulaev
Shareholder, GR Project Group

Valeriy Belyaev
Business Development Director, SPUTNIK Management Company

Evgeniy Makarov
Deputy General Director, Rosa Khutor

Vadim Mamontov
CEO and Founder, RussiaDiscovery

16:45 - 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

16:45 - 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:

Tatiana Avdoshina
Business Development Director, Deputy General Director, IFK Hotel Management

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 - 19:30


Evening Reception at the Radisson Blu Belorusskaya

Please join us at the end of the conference for a superb reception at the Radisson Blu Belorusskaya. Spend the evening in a relaxed setting enjoying fine food, drink and live music from Ensemble AltrEgo, whilst networking with existing contacts and making new ones.