The richest businessman of the country, Rinat Akhmetov, will build three new  5-star hotels in Ukraine, according to `Delo` newspaper. The Turkish hotel network Rixos belonging to the businessman started negotiation on construction of hotels in Kiev, Kharkov and Odessa, according to Ostrov.

The information of Akhmetov`s plans has been confirmed. `So far the negotiations are over concerning the capitals` project,` said Andrey Semenov, head of marketing department of Rixos Hotel Prikarpatye

Now Rixos is considering three hotel projects in cities-millionaires proposed by Ukrainian investors. `The company`s plans include construction in other cities as well, ` Mr. Semenov said. Per his words, the cost of the project for one hotel for 250-280 rooms will be about $40-50 million.

He did not tell the date of project realization referring to commercial secret.

`Opening of hotels will take place not earlier than in three years,` he said.

Reference: Rixos was founded in 2000 in Antalia (Turkey), it owns 8 hotels. One of the last Rixos projects was the hotel Sungate Port Roayl, the seven stars (higher than lux-premium), it takes 25 hectares. It costs $250 million.

The news was monitored by The Action Ukraine Report (AUR) Monitoring Service, Morgan Williams, Editor.