Hilton: “Expensive hotels can be opened in Altai Territory”
Direction Hilton Wordlwide announced that Russia is a priority for the
development of the hotel company. "Capitalist" found out more how an
international network of hotels will be developed in the Altai region, and who
in this development will participate.
Hilton is still only on paper in the Altai region, but officially - the contract was signed by Governor Alexander Karlin and Oleg Bakun, the Head of the investor’s company - Omsk “L-Finance” at the end of November 2014. All three hotels will be built in the region by Omsk. By the way, "L-Finance" is engaged in building of the Hilton Hotel in Omsk.
The company Hilton Worldwide and "L-Finance" have partnership agreements. Bakun did not disclose financial terms. However, it is known that most of the hotels are developing through the franchise under the Hilton brand in Russia, and only some international companies operate independently. The Head of "L-Finance" indirectly confirms: they say that the networks belong to the brand Hilton, it sets certain standards, while hotels will belong to "L-Finance".
In the resort area of Altai Territory Hilton hotels will be located in the territory of the resort being built clusters "Belokuriha-2" and "Belokuriha-3", which develops JSC "Belokuriha Resort". The director of development of the resort company Oleg Akimov said that the investor has already chosen a place where he would like to build hotels. However, the site is not yet approved: by the end of the year the land will be examined by the designers and architects who will work on the hotel and only after that the relationships between "L-Finance" and Altai Territory will move to an economic phase.
“We plan the main development in the Altai region, because the situation with the infrastructure is more promising here than in other regions”, said Bakun. “It is clear that the government is working with investors, creates sites for them”.
Development Director of Hilton Worldwide in Russia Alexey Shatalov said that in the Altai region Hilton hotels of all categories can be built. It is known that the most expensive brand network - Waldorf Astoria, one of the most reasonable - Garden Inn and Hampton.
“We looked at Belokurikha for development, given its potential”, said Shatalov. “We understood that the tourist flow may be more. Besides, we know that the resort will be developed further, and if the infrastructure is developed, it will be possible to raise the level of the resort to the higher stage”.
According to Bakun, the project documentation of all three hotels is being developed. In 2017, "L-Finance" is going to open hotels in Barnaul and "Belokuriha-2", in 2018 - in the "Belokuriha-3". However, even these incorrect dates can be called only approximate: in the case of the regional capital it is not resolved the issue with the land under the hotel, and with the Altai resort it is not clear with construction time of infrastructure.
By online magazine “Capitalist”