News in 2010


The Successful Development of Pulkovo District Depends on New Transport Infrastructure

Today, ExpoForum officials participated in the round table discussion, Pulkovo Business District: New Development Standards.’’ The event was another attempt to unite the efforts of developers active in this area, and to achieve a synergetic effect.

Participants included the City Committee for Investment and Strategic Projects, the City Committee for Transport Policy, and the Institute for Territory Development and Transport Infrastructure. A number of private companies also attended, including EKE Group, Avielen A.G., Technopolis, InterContinental Hotels Group, and others.

Anton Buchnev, deputy chairman of the Committee for Investment and Strategic Projects, talked about plans by Northern Capital Gateway Ltd. (NCG) to modernize Pulkovo International Airport. NCG has a concession agreement with the city government.

The new Pulkovo terminal will be built by 2014 and will be located to the right of the current Pulkovo 1 terminal, which will also be reconstructed. In addition, a hotel and office centre will be built on the territory of the airport complex. All these sites will be controlled by the investor until 2040, after which the complex will become the property of the city. Further development will be made on lots adjacent to the airport from the western side.

Business officials called for a systemic approach to developing transport infrastructure that will fundamentally shape the business district. They said it is paramount to consider the rapid growth in the number of passengers when the new infrastructure is opened.

Dmitry Fedorov, head of design processes at ExpoForum, said that plans to reconstruct the Petersburg Highway are almost complete, and include widening the highway to four and six lanes, as well as building two interchanges and ramps. This will significantly increase the capacity of the Petersburg Highway. Plans by the city government to build a fast-lane highway and transport interchanges in the area of Pulkovo also serve as reason for optimism.

There was a lively debate over the potential of tourism in St. Petersburg. Several consultants expressed doubts that the increase of Pulkovo’s airport capacity by almost three-fold will be fully utilized by tourists.

Anatoly Erkulov, ExpoForum general director, thinks that it’s possible to meet these goals in the next decade if there will be a coordinated and systematic solution --- build a modern airport; link it to the metro system; open new inexpensive hotels; and abolish visa requirements for citizens of the European Union.


ExpoForum Built a Stand for Ust Luga Company

Today the Fifth International OIL TERMINAL 2010 congress and exhibition opened. The topic is the transport, storage, and loading of oil, liquefied gas, and petroleum products. Participants include Ust Luga Company OJSC, whose stand was built by ExpoForum JSC.


The Site of the Future CEC Received Health Approval

ExpoForum JSC received approval from state health authorities for the construction site where the future convention and exhibition centre (CEC) will be built.


Russia’s President Signed a Law to Develop Tourism

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed a law to develop tourism in the country’s regions, reports the Kremlin press office.


The Year’s Exhibition Results Are Reason for Holiday Cheer

On December 3 in the Lenexpo exhibition centre, the annual results for St. Petersburg’s exhibition industry will be announced. ExpoForum JSC and Lenexpo OJSC, who became partners in 2010, are the event's organizers.


European Events Are Ready to Come to ExpoForum

The specialized exhibition and conference ``St. Petersburg Exhibition Industry,’’ opened today. ExpoForum spoke at the plenary meeting with a report titled, ``St. Petersburg’s Potential as a Convention Destination Through 2020.’’


ExpoForum Creates a 'Youth' Stand

ExpoForum is working with the St Petersburg city government to create exhibition stands for its official executive bodies.


ExpoForum Will Present its CEC Project at an Exhibition in Barcelona

ExpoForum will present its project for a convention and exhibition centre at the Russian stand during the EIBTM meeting and incentive industry exhibition that takes place in Barcelona from November 30 to December 2.


Eric Everard became new UFI's President

UFI's Board of Directors has announced the association's 2011 executive trio will consist of Eric Everard (Executive Chairman EasyFairs Group, Belgium) as President, Outgoing 2010 UFI President Manfred Wutzlhofer (Past Chairman Messe Munchen GmbH, Germany) and Incoming 2011 UFI President, Dr. Arie Brienen CA (CEO Jaarbeurs Holding, Utrecht).


Highspeed Rail Link Might Connect Pulkovo

Russian Railways is considering connecting the airports in St. Petersburg and Moscow to its high-speed railway planned between the two cities. If realized, this would significantly improve accessibility to the ExpoForum Convention and Exhibition Centre (???).


ExpoForum Took Part in a Discussion About New Laws on Insider Information

Experts from ExpoForum company participated in a round table discussion on the new law, ``Combatting Illegal Use of Insider Information and Market Manipulation.''


ExpoForum Obtained an ISO Certificate

ExpoForum jsc was certified according to the management quality system GOST R ISO 9001:2008.


UFI Congress Opens in Singapore

The UFI Global Association of the Exhibition Industry opens tomorrow in Singapore. ExpoForum jsc general director, Anatoly Erkulov, will participate.


ExpoForum Conducts Geological Survey on the Site of the Future CEC

ExpoForum received the preliminary results for the geological survey on the territory of the future convention and exhibition centre (CEC).


The CEC Fa?ade Was Discussed with a German Consultant

On November 2 officials gathered in Moscow to discuss the façade of the new convention and exhibition centre. The German consultant, Jurgen Bergmann, from the company Jochen Witt Consulting, was asked to review the design by chief architect, Sergei Tchoban.


Nanotechnology Forum Serves as a Place for Effective Dialogue

Top managers from ExpoForum jsc visited the Third International Nanotechnology Forum RUSNANOTECH 2010, which took place Nov. 1 to 3 in Moscow.


Permission Granted to ExpoForum to Remove Existing Heating Infrastructure

ExpoForum jsc was granted the technical parameters for removal of the existing heating infrastructure from the site of the new convention and exhibition centre.


ExpoForum Looks for New Construction Materials

On October 29, representatives from ExpoForum visited the Finnish factory, Finnforest, which makes Kerto construction materials. The factory is located not far from the city of Punkaharju in Finland. The representatives were studying opportunities for using modern and environmentally-safe materials for advanced structural engineering construction.