First CIS & Georgia Hotel Investment Conference (HVS iCON 2012) A Week Away: Speaker Line-Up Proves Impressive

HVS is pleased to announce the first CIS & Georgia Hospitality Investment Conference (iCON) which will focus on the region’s hotel development, investor climate and many of the current issues facing the industry.

(Moscow, September 6, 2012): HVS Moscow Managing Director Tatiana Veller has announced that iCON 2012, the first of its kind hospitality investment conference for the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) and Georgia region has secured leading experts, professionals and executives to speak and kick off this inaugural event.
According to Veller, “All the major hotel brands operating in CIS & Georgia will be present, as well as most of the investors of the major hotel projects in this region. It is truly an outstanding representation of our industry who will be available for networking and education.” HVS iCON is scheduled for this September 18 and 19 at the JW Marriott Absheron Baku, Azerbaijan.
The opening panel includes Puneet Chhatwal, Chief Development Officer, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group; Gianni van Daalen, Personal Adviser to President & CEO, Kempinski Hotels & Resorts and Alexis Delaroff, COO, ACCOR Russia – CIS.

“The CIS and Georgia region have on average grown their economies by 4,5% in 2011 and are set to continue along the same trend,” adds Veller. “Tourist arrivals are predicted to grow by over 10% in 2012. The existing hotel inventory will likely nearly double over the next few years. As economies grow and more international investors set their sights on this region, opportunities for hotel development will only continue to grow.”

HVS’s iCON will bring together international operators as well as some of the region’s decision-makers, governmental representatives and opinion leaders to address the current opportunities and challenges in the industry. The Conference will provide a great platform for delegates to share views, insights, and proposed strategies for advancing the hospitality and tourism sectors in the region.

About HVS Moscow
HVS Moscow
conducts assignments within Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) as well as Georgia and the Baltic Region (Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia) for leading hotel companies, banks, and hotel development and investment groups. Led by Managing Director Tatiana Veller, the consultants of HVS Moscow have advanced degrees in hotel management and possess hotel operating experience. With hotel development in the region still a strong investment, HVS Moscow assists hotel owners, operators, and developers with feasibility studies, valuations, strategy and branding advisory, retained executive search, mid-management recruitment, compensation consulting and performance management.

For more information about the conference or to register, visit

Tatiana Veller
Tel: +7 (495) 608-9931

Leora Lanz
Tel: +1 (516) 248-8828 ext. 278