IFK Hotel Management announces the appointment of Anna Varlamova to the position Senior Analyst of Business Development Department.
Anna Varlamova has joined IFK Hotel Management team in April, 2011. Anna will be responsible for data collection, market researches, complex analysis of market conditions and trends, forecasting as well as projects’ evaluation and support.

The entire experience of Ms. Varlamova was associated with a strategic marketing in the area of residential and commercial real estate. Her first step in hospitality real estate Anna Varlamova took in 2005 when joining development division in HELIOPARK Group. During her career in HELIOPARK Anna Varlamova took part in the creation and implementation of numerous hotel projects at various levels of complexity, located in Russia, CIS and EU countries.
Anna Varlamova graduated with honors from the Moscow State Pedagogical University, Economy and Law Faculty, specialty Master of Sociology. Ms. Varlamova is continuing her education in the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Marketing extension course.
"In my opinion, hospitality real estate is one of the most promising sectors of commercial real estate, which has the highest potential for the growth. However, the hotel is not just real estate property, but mainly and foremost is a business, which many people involve by putting their souls into creating an atmosphere of hospitality. This explains my choice of career development direction. I am pleased to join the professional team of IFK Hotel Management and hope, that my knowledge, combined with experience of my new colleagues will form the basis for a long fruitful and mutually beneficial cooperation ", – so Anna commented on her appointment.

IFK Hotel Management, as an official representative of Golden Tulip Hospitality Group in Russia and The Rosa Khutor Ski Resort Development Company, have signed a management agreement for two newly-built hotels located in Krasnaya Polyana village, close to Sochi – the host city of the Winter Olympics 2014.

Tulip Inn Rosa Khutor 3* is scheduled to open in time for the new ski season in December 2011. The hotel will have 148 guestrooms, a restaurant offering European cuisine, a lobby-bar and dedicated business facilities. The exceptional location and internationally-known brand will attract both domestic and international guests and contribute much to the hotel’s appeal. Tulip Inn Rosa Khutor is the first hotel for the Golden Tulip Hospitality Group in the Russian market.

Situated in the heart of the resort Golden Tulip Rosa Khutor 4* hotel is expected to open in 2012. The hotel will provide excellent location for skiers and guests of the Olympics 2014. The hotel will have more than 160 rooms including 12 suites, a restaurant following the exclusive Golden Tulip concept, a lobby-bar, fitness centre and exceptional meeting facilities.

IFK Hotel Management and the Rosa Khutor Ski Resort Development Company started their working partnership in 2009.

«With the signing of the management agreement with The Rosa Khutor Ski Resort Development Company and launching new international brands recognized by millions of travelers worldwide we start new chapter in the Russian hotel market», - says Philippe Brisbois, IFK Hotel Management CEO.  

IFK Hotel Management announces the appointment of Andrey Ionov to the position of Chief Financial Officer.

Mr. Ionov took up his new position in February, 2011. As IFK Hotel Management’s CFO and Area Financial Controller at Golden Tulip Hospitality Group Andrey Ionov has overall charge of the Financial Department and responsible for corporate financial activities and financial activities of hotels operated by IFK Hotel Management, investment and tax planning, managing of accounting etc.

Andrey Ionov is a distinguished finance professional graduated from the Higher School of Economics. Since 2008 has been working in hospitality. Before joining IFK Hotel Management Mr. Ionov worked for “Interstate Hotels & Resorts” and “GOST Hotels Management” (part of “Basic Element Holding”), where he held a position of Deputy Financial Director and led the project of “HYATT Regency Dushanbe 5*” in Tajikistan. Andrey Ionov also experienced Finance Management in such companies as  “Unact” (exclusive distributor of “Japan Tobacco Inc”), “Uralsib Financial Corporation” and “Metropolian Insurance”.

Andrey Ionov is fluent in Russian and English, takes an interest in stock market. Hobbies: soccer and hockey.

Mr. Ionov commented on his appointment: “I consider the prospects opening up before me as exceptionally challenging and fascinating. Sharing IFK Hotel Management principles and values I am ready to face with complicated tasks and contribute to our guests’ unforgettable experience”.

Philippe Brisbois, CEO of IFK Hotel Management speaks on “Golden Tulip Hospitality Group: Opportunities for development on Ukrainian hotel market” at 4th annual Hospitality Industry Forum 2011, which takes place on February 24, in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Hospitality Industry Forum is considered to be the country’s largest gathering of the industry professionals from Ukraine, CIS countries and beyond. Today when preparations for EURO 2012 are in full swing Ukraine as a host-country is working hard to meet UEFA housing requirements - to accommodate championship’s target groups by preparing 19 602 rooms in 3-5* hotels. Number of new investment opportunities and promising hotel projects to be presented this year at Hospitality Industry Forum, discussion sessions and networking with investors and hospitality experts are high on the Forum’s agenda.
Within the session “Practice of successful realization of hotel real estate projects with international hotel operators” Philippe Brisbois will be speaking about opportunities which await international hotel chains on Ukrainian market and presenting professionalhotel management services provided by IFK Hotel Management. Also Mr. Brisbois will be ready to give detailed information about Golden Tulip Hospitality Group hotel brands.
“Ukrainian hotel market is quite infant and enormously challenging at the same time.Presenting IFK Hotel Management and Golden Tulip Hospitality Group here in Kyiv we can see all the prospects and expect having efficient communication with Ukrainian colleagues”, - comments Philippe Brisbois.

According to the report, Global Hospitality Insights: Top Thoughts for 2011 – released yesterday by Ernst & Young, a series of financial, operational, demographic and regulatory trends suggest that global hospitality markets will see more robust, broad-based growth by the end of this year.

While the industry has suffered two years of declining fundamentals and endured the drag of a global economic recession, we believe that the worst is over and the light at the end of the tunnel is not only visible but growing larger each day,” said Michael Fishbin, Leader of Ernst & Young’s global hospitality practice. “Lodging sector recovery is a fact; resurgence is no longer far away,” he added.

Countries like Russia, China, Brazil and India will propel global hospitality market growth not only over whole 2011 but furthermore - over the next few years. In addition to the booming growth of the middle class in these countries, Brazil and Russia also have the added impetus of hosting not one, but two global sporting events each in the next seven years: Brazil hosts the FIFA World Cup in 2014 and the Summer Olympics in 2016; Russia hosts the Winter Olympics in 2014 and the FIFA World Cup in 2018. As an example of the impact on local hotel markets, more than 300,000 people visited South Africa last summer to attend the 2010 FIFA World Cup with almost two-thirds of those visitors entering the country for the first time and spending the equivalent of more than US$500 million during a four-week period.

One scenario Ernst & Young expects to see in 2011 is the return of opportunistic investors to the hotel sector. Several recent surveys of the hotel investment sector have been bullish, with most observers anticipating occupancies, ADR and net operating income returning to peak levels in 2012, 2013 and 2014, respectively. With these fundamentals improving, investors are likely to want to lock in deals before the numbers get too good and prices rise, the report suggests.

Source: hospitalityNet

Annual Golden Tulip Worldwide Conference took part in Golden Tulip Farah Casablanca Hotel in Morocco on 13-15th October 2010. Russia was presented by Marsel Izmaylov (Area Director Russian Federation) and Philippe Brisbois (Regional Operating Director).
The Conference allowed participants - Golden Tulip executives and hotel owners from around the world - opportunities to network, acquire knowlege of standards improvements, business development plans as well as latest corporate news and appointments.
Addressing the participants Mr Pierre-Frederic Roulot (President of Louvre Hotels & Golden Tulip) labeled Russia and CIS as prospective regions for development.

For photos please refer to IFK Hotel Management Corporate blog (in Russian).

IFK Hotel Management and Golden Tulip Hospitality Group will participate in Russia and CIS Hotel Investment Conference (RHIC) – annual conference devoted to investment in hotel business of Russia and CIS. Special status of participation in the conference – “Gold Sponsor” – once again emphasizes the company’s interest in Russia and CIS market and the regions’ perspective from the point of view of development of Golden Tulip hotel brands. The conference will be held in Moscow 25 to 27 October 2010 in “Renaissance Moscow Monarch Centre Hotel”.
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As 4hoteliers.com recently reported Golden Tulip Hospitality Group announced that it has signed a franchise agreement for a new Tulip Inn hotel in Amsterdam.
The former Hotel Terminus is being renovated and transformed into the three-star, 110-room Tulip Inn Amsterdam Centre and is due to open its doors on 1 September 2010.
The Tulip Inn brand was created in 1993 and currently comprises more than 70 hotels.

IFK Hotel Management announced the appointment of Philippe Brisbois to the position of General Director. In addition to that Mr. Brisbois continues to perform the duties of the Golden Tulip Hospitality Group Regional Director of Operations in Russia.

At his new position Philippe Brisbois has replaced his predecessor Maxim Krymskiy, who co-founded IFK Hotel Management together with Marsel Izmaylov and Polina Frolova. Mr. Krymskiy will be performing his work at IFK Hotel Management as a Member of the Board of Directors.

Reaching the aim of strengthening the positions of IFK Hotel Management as an independent management company will be continued according to the approved strategy as well as development of the Brands we represent, - Philippe Brisbois comments on his appointment. – Our priorities stay the same: bring the Golden Tulip Brands to the leading positions on the Russian hospitality market. My main goal is the further development of the Company along with the following realization of the already signed and to be agreed projects”.