LONDON (August 7, 2008) – HRH Prince Michael of Kent GCVO agreed to participate as conference patron due to his keen interest in Russia and its overall growth and development. Prince Michael will provide opening remarks at the Russia & CIS Hotel Investment Conference (RHIC) welcome lunch on October 21, present the Lifetime Achievement Award and attend the reception on October 22.
“We are delighted Prince Michael is participating as conference patron. He is very keen to encourage the growth of tourism and hotel investment throughout Russia and the wider CIS countries, as he has a strong emotional attachment to the country and, in his capacity as Patron of the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce, has an active interest in promoting bi-laterial trade between Russia and the United Kingdom,” said Jonathan Worsley, RHIC conference co-organizer. “RHIC participants will have a rare opportunity to personally meet a member of the British royal family and hear his remarks relating to investment in Russia.”
Related through both his grandparents to Tsar Nicholas II, Prince Michael has always had a love for Russia, which he first visited in 1992, following the collapse of communism. A qualified Russian interpreter, he has led numerous delegations of British businessmen to Russia in recent years. His Royal Highness is also closely involved in a number of charity, arts and humanitarian organizations in Russia, including The Children’s Fire and Burn Trust (which incorporates The Friends of Russian Children) and the St. Gregory’s Foundation. In particular, he is a committed Patron of his own Prince Michael of Kent Foundation, a Russian grant-making Foundation which concentrates on charities in the sectors of paediatric medicine, post-graduate business education, Russian heritage and culture.
“The Prince joins a list of speakers who represent influential leaders actively involved in the dynamic growth of the hotel investment industry in the region. His unique perspective is sure to be a highlight of the conference program,” added Tony D’Avino, executive vice president of Questex Media Group, and RHIC conference co-organizer.
Prince and Princess Michael live at Kensington Palace in London. He is a cousin to both the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. He has formally represented the Queen on several state occasions abroad and undertakes numerous public engagements every year for well over one hundred charities and other non-commercial institutions of which he is either Patron or President. In addition, Prince Michael is chairman of his own private company, where he offers specialist consultancy advice to a number of commercial concerns operating in countries and in sectors which he himself has a close interest and wide experience.
The Russia & CIS Hotel Investment Conference will run from October 21-22, 2008 at the Ritz-Carlton, Moscow, and is jointly organized by The Bench and Questex Media Group, Inc.