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.’’
This report was based on research that the company ordered to determine which business events could be held in St Petersburg at ExpoForum’s new convention and exhibition centre after its opening in 2013.
The research’s first stage covered German-speaking countries (Germany, Austria, and Switzerland), as well as the Benelux, UK, and Italy. Telephone interviews were held with representatives of 324 professional associations, and 888 event agencies and major companies that organize large events. 27.8 percent of the associations and 39.8 percent of the agencies and corporations that were surveyed expressed interest in having events in St. Petersburg.
One of the main reasons cited for a lack of interest in Russia as a convention destination was the lack of the country’s positive image, (almost 30 percent of all people questioned in each category). Ekaterina Bogolyubova, ExpoForum’s director for corporate communications, said that the results don’t necessarily mean that the country has a negative image, but most likely the results speak of a deficit of information and the country’s lack of a clear image.
``Many people still think about Russia in terms of stereotypes, and don’t consider it as a place to hold business events,’’ said Bogolyubova. ``The situation is changing, but much effort is still required to overcome these barriers.’’
For professional associations, it’s very important to have a local member in the country where they hold events, and to have established scientific cooperation (about 23 percent). Also, the local association branch or the local university usually acts to initiate an association event in its city. This bears witness to the necessity for further international integration of Russian professional and scientific circles, and their lobbying the interests of the city as a destination.
ExpoForum also gathered information about 90 conventions beginning from 2013 that St Petersburg can bid on. ``According to our plans, by 2018 St Petersburg will be in the top ten most popular European convention cities,’’ said Anatoly Erkulov, ExpoForum general director. ``This goal is possible as long as we complete modernizing the airport, open the ExpoForum venue, establish reasonable prices for hotel rooms, and abolish visa requirements for citizens of the European Union.’’
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.
ExpoForum JSC received approval from state health authorities for the construction site where the future convention and exhibition centre (CEC) will be built.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed a law to develop tourism in the country’s regions, reports the Kremlin press office.
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.
ExpoForum is working with the St Petersburg city government to create exhibition stands for its official executive bodies.
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.
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.
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).
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 (???).
Experts from ExpoForum company participated in a round table discussion on the new law, ``Combatting Illegal Use of Insider Information and Market Manipulation.''
ExpoForum jsc was certified according to the management quality system GOST R ISO 9001:2008.
The UFI Global Association of the Exhibition Industry opens tomorrow in Singapore. ExpoForum jsc general director, Anatoly Erkulov, will participate.
ExpoForum received the preliminary results for the geological survey on the territory of the future convention and exhibition centre (CEC).
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.
Top managers from ExpoForum jsc visited the Third International Nanotechnology Forum RUSNANOTECH 2010, which took place Nov. 1 to 3 in Moscow.
ExpoForum jsc was granted the technical parameters for removal of the existing heating infrastructure from the site of the new convention and exhibition centre.
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.