Two companies currently operate under the ExpoForum brand – ExpoForum JSC and ExpoForum International LLC. ExpoForum is the developer behind construction of the EXPOFORUM Convention and Exhibition Centre in St. Petersburg’s Pulkovo District. ExpoForum International specialises in the organisation of exhibition, business and other mass cultural events and is the official operator of the Lenexpo Exhibition Complex. Since 2014, the company has also been managing the new EXPOFORUM Convention and Exhibition Centre, which opened on 7 October 2014.

History of the brand

On 18 January 2008, ExpoForum construction company was created for the purposes of implementing the project envisioning construction of the new EXPOFORUM Convention and Exhibition Centre in St. Petersburg. The project was implemented within the scope of the agreement on cooperation and collaboration, signed on 9 February 2007 between the St. Petersburg City Government and Gazprom Group.  

On 1 November 2011, ExpoForum acquired the entire Lenexpo OJSC exhibition portfolio, becoming the largest St. Petersburg-based exhibition organiser and the official operator of the Lenexpo Exhibition Complex. Following the restructuring of ExpoForum’s business operations in October 2013, the organisation of convention-and-exhibition events and management of related venues passed to ExpoForum International. Construction activities are currently handled by ExpoForum.

ExpoForum today

ExpoForum is the developer behind construction of the EXPOFORUM Convention and Exhibition Centre. Working on the project is the company’s team of top-flight specialists – construction engineers and designers, who are able to draw on their in-depth experience building complex facilities at various locations throughout Russia.

In December 2014, in connection with a move to align the company’s Charter with the provisions of RF Federal Law 99-FZ dated 05.05.2014 “On the Addition of Amendments to Chapter 4, Part One of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation and Declaration of the Expiration of Certain Provisions of the Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation,” Joint-Stock Company ExpoForum changed some of its corporate details, including a switch to the company’s new trade name – Joint-Stock Company ExpoForum (ExpoForum JSC).

The company is actively involved in the ongoing evolution of St. Petersburg, lending support to government programmes targeting the city’s economic and cultural development. For instance, the company’s efforts resulted in the design of transportation infrastructure at a site spanning some 500 ha located adjacent to the future convention and exhibition centre.

In addition, ExpoForum was proud to be one of the founders of a Charitable Foundation for the Restoration of Christian Cultural Landmarks, which is actively involved in the restoration of a Russian Orthodox church, built according to a design by the famed Italian architect Giacomo Quarenghi, which was ultimately destroyed during the Great Patriotic (Second World) War. The foundation’s second project – restoration of the Pulkovo Meridian at the Central Astronomical Observatory of the Russian Academy of Sciences – has already concluded. The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly-restored historical and cultural heritage site, also destroyed during the aforementioned war years, took place on 16 August 2013.

ExpoForum International today

ExpoForum International is one of the leaders of the Russian convention and exhibition market. The Company operates two dedicated venues: the new convention and exhibition centre Expoforum and Lenexpo exhibition centre, every year hosting more than 160 events held in various formats: congresses, exhibitions, forums, conventions, multimedia and interactive performances, shows, corporate and sporting events. The company's portfolio includes over 40 in-house projects. In 2015, more than one million people visited the events held at the company’s venues.

ExpoForum International holds about 6% of the market of dedicated event venue operators in money terms, and over 10% of the rented space market. It has about 4% of the Russian event organiser market in volume (rented space) and controls more than 40% of the Northwest Federal District market.

Its major projects include: St. Petersburg International Gas Forum, Russian International Energy Forum, "Russian Industrialist" Forum, Agrorus Fair, "Zoosphere" Forum, Exhibition and Conference "Housing and Utilities Sector of Russia", "Ecology of Big City" Forum, Baltic Marine Festival, etc. In 2015, ExpoForum International launched several strategic projects at Lenexpo, including Chinese Business Centre, Import Substitution and Localisation Centre, Export Support Centre and Latin America Business Centre.

The company successfully organises Russian expositions and business programmes at foreign specialised exhibitions and global forums, including Expo-2012 (Korea), IMEX (Germany), Manufacturing Indonesia (Indonesia). The company acted as operator of such global major events such as the Sport Accord International Convention, "Russia – ASEAN" Business Forum and the St. Petersburg stage of the World Ice Hockey Championship 2016.

The company cooperates with the world's leading exhibition organisers – ITE Group, Reed Exhibitions, MesseDüsseldorf, MesseEssen, Dolphin Exhibitions, and Russian exhibition business leaders - VO Restek, Farexpo, Cinema Expo, KVK Empire and others.

The quality of the company’s services is supported by its membership in renowned international associations, including ICCA (International Congress and Convention Association), AIPC (International Association of Congress Centres) and UFI (Global Association of the Exhibition Industry).

ExpoForum International provides an entire range of related services, including building exhibition booths, catering, travel support and tourist services.

Services offered by ExpoForum International

The company offers a full range of related services at the various venues of the Lenexpo Exhibition Complex and EXPOFORUM Convention and Exhibition Centre, including exhibition equipping, catering services, and transportation-tourism support, as well as the professional organisation of conventions and other events both in St. Petersburg and abroad.