News in 2011

19.12.2011

ExpoForum joined the Russian Union Exhibitions and Fairs

On December 14-16 a general meeting of the Russian Union of Exhibitions and Fairs (RUEF) was held in Nizhny Novgorod, at which ExpoForum JSC became a member of this professional association.

25.11.2011

ExpoForum Will Exhibit at EIBTM in Barcelona

ExpoForum JSC will take part in the EIBTM 2011 exhibition, which will be held from November 29 to December 1 in Barcelona, Spain. The company's stand number will be presented at the joint stand of the Russian Federation (i550).

23.11.2011

Gazprom launches construction of St. Petersburgs largest exhibition centre

Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee and Georgy Poltavchenko, Governor of St. Petersburg took part today in the celebrations dedicated to launching the construction of the ExpoForum Convention and Exhibition Centre in St. Petersburg.

07.11.2011

ExpoForum Strengthens its Team with New People

In November the number of personnel at ExpoForum JSC increased three-fold due to its merger with Lenexpo JSC, which organises events at the exhibition complex of the same name.

02.11.2011

ExpoForum Purchased Lenexpo's Exhibition Business

On 2 November ExpoForum JSC acquired Lenexpo's entire portfolio of exhibitions, making it now the largest St. Petersburg exhibition organiser.

01.11.2011

ExpoForum leased the Lenexpo Exhibition Complex

On 1 Nov. 2011, according to a decision ratified by an extraordinary meeting of shareholders, ExpoForum JSC leased the Lenexpo Exhibition Complex until 2014.

13.10.2011

ExpoForum Held a Seminar on Paper Work in the Gas Distribution Sector

On Oct 11 12, ExpoForum JSC together with Gazprom Gas Distribution JSC and the ANT Educational Centre held a seminar titled, ``Documentation Management in the subsidiaries and companies of Gazprom Gas Distribution JSC.

10.10.2011

ExpoForum Will Develop Infrastructure for the Marine Industry

On Oct 10, ExpoForum JSC was announced the winner of an auction held by the Nevsky-Ladozhsky water management company to have the right to make an agreement for usage of the area along the Galerny fairway.

03.10.2011

ExpoForum Took Its Place on Top of the City

Today ExpoForum moved to its new office on the 14th floor of the Birzha office building on the 26th Line of the Vasilievsky Island. Employees will now have 1300 square meters of space with a panoramic view of the city centre and the Gulf of Finland.

28.09.2011

ExpoForum Appoints an Executive Director

As of Sept 1, ExpoForum's executive director is Sergei Voronkov. This is a new position in the company.

15.09.2011

Hilton Worldwide Announces Double Arrival into St. Petersburg at ExpoForum

Hilton St. Petersburg Expoforum And Hampton By Hilton St. Petersburg Expoforum to be Located at Russias Newest International Convention and Exhibition Arena

14.09.2011

The first stone was laid in the foundation of the Church of the Smolensk Mother of God Icon

Today, a ceremony was held to lay the foundation stone of the Church of the Smolensk Mother of God Icon. The church will be reconstructed based on drawings and sketches made by the Italian architect Giacomo Quarenghi who built the original church in Greater Pulkovo village in the 18th century by order of Catherine II. The church, however, was destroyed during World War II.

10.09.2011

ExpoForum Visited the Pacific Ocean Economic Congress

ExpoForum's general director, Anatoly Erkulov, and the head of the department for business development with Asia, Igor Pozdnyakov, participated in the Fifth Asia-Pacific Economic Convention in Vladivostok.

11.08.2011

A Prayer Mass Was Held to Honor the Smolensk Mother of God Icon

On 10 August a prayer mass was held on the foundation of the destroyed Church of the Smolensk Mother of God Icon. The mass was held on the icons feast day, which coincides with the soon-to-begin construction of a new church.

04.08.2011

The First Part of ExpoForum's Convention and Exhibition Centre will be Built by Etalon

ExpoForum JSC and Etalon Holding Company signed an agreement for construction of the first structures at St. Peterburg's future convention and exhibition centre. This convention centre will be built according to the highest international standards and will be the city's leading complex for conventions and exhibitions.The contract is worth 14 billion rubles (about ?354 mln).

11.07.2011

ExpoForum Studied International Standards at an ICCA Seminar

From July 7 to 9, ExpoForum specialists took part in a study seminar in Gdansk (Poland) organized by the ICCA (International Conventions and Conferences Association) dedicated to research, sales and marketing in the events industry.

04.07.2011

A New Event for the Gas and Oil Industry Will Premier in St. Petersburg in 2012

The first International Forum of Educational and Scientific Institutions of the Oil and Gas Industry will take place in St. Petersburg in 2012. It will be held during the St. Petersburg Natural Gas Forum that is scheduled for June 7-9, 2012.

30.06.2011

A Metro Line Will Reach Pulkovo Airport

At a June 28 meeting, the St. Petersburg City Government approved plans to develop the city's underground transport system, including extending it to reach the Pulkovo airport. This will help resolve transportation issues for the new ExpoForum Convention and Exhibition Centre that opens in 2013 near the airport.

24.06.2011

ExpoForum Entered UFI

ExpoForum was accepted into the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry (UFI) during a meeting of its Executive Board last week in Ghent.

22.06.2011

ExpoForum Outlined Prospects for Cooperation with Asian Countries

In Bangkok and Beijing from June 12 to 18 ExpoForum representatives held a series of meetings devoted to generating business in Asia.

21.06.2011

ExpoForum Participated in the Caixin Summit

ExpoForum representatives took part in the Caixin summit in St. Petersburg, organized by the Chinese media holding of the same name.

21.06.2011

Investing in Convention Real Estate Requires the Development of Transport Systems

On June 20 ExpoForum representatives participated in a roundtable titled, "Investing in infrastructure for convention tourism, that was organised by the newspaper, Construction Weekly.

20.06.2011

The XV International Economic Forum brought nearly 100 billion rubles to St. Petersburg

The city signed over 10 agreements with a total investment of more than 97 billion rubles. They will be invested in St. Petersburgs economy in the coming years. Governor Valentina Matvienko reported this at the XV International Economic Forum, when summing up its results.

15.06.2011

The Design Project of the Convention and Exhibition Centre Will Be Reviewed by State Experts

Today, the design project for ExpoForums international convention and exhibition centre was sent to the State Expertise Centre. If a positive conclusion is given within 90 days then the company can obtain a permit, and begin construction.

10.06.2011

Expoforum Shared its Experience with Russias Regions

On June 9, ExpoForum organized a business tour at the construction site of the international congress and exhibition centre. The tour was for participants of the conference, ``Managing a city as part of the state's innovation strategy, that was held in St. Petersburg on June 8-10.

08.06.2011

By 2016 St. Petersburg will have up to 8 million tourists a year

On June 7, 2011 the city government adopted a programme to develop St. Petersburg as a tourist centre during the period of 2011-2016. The programme aims to improve tourisms effectiveness as a part of the urban economy, to develop new tourism activities, and also to improve St. Petersburgs attractiveness as a major international tourist destination.

06.06.2011

St. Petersburg Natural Gas Forum 2011 Has Closed

From May 31 to June 3 at the Lenexpo exhibition centre the first Petersburg natural gas forum was held with the support of Gazprom. The event coincided with the 200-year celebrations of Russia's natural gas industry, and it attracted the attention of a large number of specialists. Several thousand people from Russia, the CIS, and Europe attended the event. Among them were the CEOs of gas distribution companies, private investors, public authorities, as well as representatives from the sciences.

02.06.2011

The Exhibition Industry in St. Petersburg is in a Legal Vaccum

On June 1 the Committee for exhibition and fairs of the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry held a meeting. The main topic was the need for new laws to regulate the exhibition industry; without them the industry will not grow in 2012, or it might even slide back to the level of several years ago.

31.05.2011

The First St. Petersburg Natural Gas Forum Opened

On May 31, 2011, St Petersburgs Natural Gas Forum 2011 began working. ExpoForum, along with Gazprom Natural Gas Distribution, and FarExpo, are the organizers of this event. The Forum intends to unite natural gas industry experts from all over Russia. Exhibition and business programs will focus on the modernization of the industry, field development, production, transportation, processing, and the storage and distribution of gas.

27.05.2011

The First Piles Will Soon Be Driven in the Foundation of the Convention and Exhibition Centre

ExpoForum JSC received permission from the St. Petersburg State Service for Construction Supervision and Expertise to drive the first piles in the foundation of the future international convention and exhibition centre.

19.05.2011

In-Temporalis Begins its Russian Tour in St. Petersburg

On May 18 St. Petersburg's Smolny Cathedral concert hall was the scene of a concert by the duet, In-Temporalis. ExpoForum and the St. Petersburg Gas Forum sponsored the event. This marked the launch of In-Temporalis' tour of major Russian cities.

11.05.2011

The commercial use of scientific innovations will be discussed at the Forum

The Fifth International Forum, ``From Science to Business: modern interaction between universities and the high-tech industry, opened today in St. Petersburg. ExpoForum is one of the organizers.

10.05.2011

ExpoForum supports the concert of the post-modernist duet, In-Temporalis

The new concert program of the St. Petersburg duo, In-Temporalis, which performs classical music into a modern interpretation, will be held May 18 at the Smolny Cathedral. This is also the group's start of a grand tour around Russia that will last until the spring of 2012.

06.05.2011

ExpoForum Will Organize an Exhibition for Chinese Universities

In 2012, with support from the Chinese Educational Association for International Exchanges (CEAIE), ExpoForum will organize an exhibition for Chinese universities.

28.04.2011

ExpoForum Studied With Microsoft

On 27 April 2011, ExpoForum specialists completed the course, ``Managing Corporate Projects with the Help of Microsoft Project Professional Microsoft Project Server 2010.''

26.04.2011

A Convention Bureau will Open in Russia

By the end of 2011 the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) plans to open a special organization for conventions, reports RIA Novosti news agency.

19.04.2011

Experts Discussed the Effectiveness of Promotion Via the Internet

ExpoForum experts took part in a business breakfast dedicated to Internet marketing organized by both the Kommersant publishing house in St. Petersburg, as well as by Begun, the leading advertising network in the Russian internet.

15.04.2011

Russia's Natural Gas Distribution Sector Will be the Topic of a Special Exhibition

On April 14, ExpoForum representatives gave a presentation at a seminar dedicated to helping natural gas distribution companies form a corporate image. The audience included PR specialists from 58 Russian natural gas distribution companies, as well as journalists. ExpoForum is organizing the St Petersburg Natural Gas Forum that will take place on May 31 to June 3 at the Lenexpo exhibition complex.

07.04.2011

ExpoForum Will Cooperate with Belgian Companies

Today, representatives of ExpoForum, JSC met with leading Belgian companies that are visiting Russia as part of an economic mission led by HRH Prince Philippe of Belgium.

01.04.2011

ExpoForum Continues to Develop Relations With China

As a result of ExpoForum's presentation in February, as well as negotiations in March with top officials in China's convention and exhibition industry, the company has been invited to join the China Association of Exhibition Centres, (CAEC).

24.03.2011

Russia and the EU Will Discuss Abolishing Travel Visas

Russia's Justice Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister will meet with their European Commission colleagues in St. Petersburg on May 19 to discuss the possibility of abolishing travel visas, reported Interfax, citing a source in the Euro Commission.

21.03.2011

Prices for St. Petersburg Hotels Are Close to European Levels

Research conducted by Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels shows that after a two-year decline the number of people visiting St. Petersburg is recovering faster than expected. The significant decline in hotel room prices, which was caused by greater competition, encouraged more tourists to visit the Northern Capital.

16.03.2011

Vodokanal Approved Plans to Upgrade the Water Systems at the Future Convention Centre

GUP Vodokanal St Petersburg approved plans to modernise the water and sewer infrastructure on the territory of the new ExpoForum Convention and Exhibition Centre.

15.03.2011

ExpoForum's Hotel Dining Facilities were Designed

The German company, K3 Planungsgeselschaft mbH & Co. KG, completed the concept and zoning system for dining facilities at a 225 room 4-star hotel that will be built on the territory of the future ExpoForum Convention and Exhibition Centre.

11.03.2011

Ros-Aviation Approved ExpoForum's Convention Centre

The Inter-regional Department for Air Transport and Rescue in Northwest Russia signed off on ExpoForum's plans to build a convention and exhibition centre.

 

05.03.2011

ExpoForum Joined the Green Building Council

ExpoForum JSC joined the non-commercial organization, the Green Building Council, which seeks to foster and implement rules for ecologically-sound construction.

02.03.2011

St. Petersburg Residents Support the Idea of Balanced Development for the City

Gallup International canvassed St. Petersburg residents, asking them how they think the city should develop. Nearly two-thirds said the city should combine and utilise its opportunities as a tourism and business centre.

28.02.2011

St. Petersburg Was Named the Most Comfortable Russian City for Living

St. Petersburg was named the most comfortable Russian city for the quality of living, according to a rating conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit.

22.02.2011

ExpoForum Was Praised as one of the Largest Investment Projects in St. Petersburg's Pushkin District

On February 21, the city council of St. Petersburg's Pushkin district presented the social and economic development results for 2010, and listed the main challenges and goals for 2011.

21.02.2011

ExpoForum Presented its Convention Centre Project in China

This month ExpoForum JSC representatives met with leading Chinese government and business leaders in the framework of a St. Petersburg business and cultural delegation to Beijing, which was organised by the St. Petersburg City Government Committee for External Relations and the Russian Cooperation Federal Agency.

16.02.2011

ExpoForum Began to Implement Principles of Environmentally-friendly Construction

ExpoForum experts completed training for the international rating company, LEED, which is an American certification system that bestows a ``green'' status on a completed structure.

14.02.2011

ExpoForum Participated in a Conference on Social Media

The International Social Media Conference was held on February 14 at the St. Petersburg hotel, Holiday Inn Moscow Gates. Representatives from ExpoForum took part in the discussions which covered topics such as the most effective ways to use social networks, how to monitor them, and their major development trends.

11.02.2011

ExpoForum Supports the Creation of a St Petersburg Convention Bureau

Today, ExpoForum representatives took part in a meeting of the Senator Club that was dedicated to St Petersburg's tourism potential. One of the meeting's results was the decision for business and government to join forces in the framework of a newly created Convention Bureau that will promote the city on the international events market.

09.02.2011

ExpoForum Completed the First Segment of the High-pressure Gas Pipeline

Construction of the gas pipeline is part of larger plans to develop the engineering infrastructure on the site of the future ExpoForum Convention and Exhibition Centre, construction of which begins later this year.

08.02.2011

A General Contractor Chosen to Develop Pulkovo Airport

Northern Capital Gateway Ltd announced the general contractor to build the first stage of the development of Pulkovo Airport. The winner from among six European contenders is a joint venture of the Italian construction company Astaldi, and IC, a Turkish construction company.

07.02.2011

New Hotel Chains are Coming to St. Petersburg

In 2011 four major international hotel chains are expected to begin operations in St Petersburg. According to BaltInfo news agency, these include Fairmont Raffles Hotels International, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, and Domina Hotels & Resorts.

04.02.2011

St. Petersburg Will Have a Special Tourist Card

A new tourist programme, ``Guest Card to St. Petersburg,’’ has been created in the Northern Capital.

03.02.2011

ExpoForum will Meet the Highest Environmental Standards

ExpoForum’s Convention and Exhibition Centre will be built according to the highest environmental standards, the so-called golden certificate issued by the prominent American organization, U.S. Green Building Council, LEED.

25.01.2011

ExpoForum is Learning from Koelnmesse

ExpoForum specialists attended imm cologne, one of the largest furniture exhibitions in Europe, in the hopes of learning more about the functioning of exhibitions working at full capacity.

18.01.2011

ExpoForum Turns 3 Years Old

On January 18 ExpoForum JSC marked its third birthday. The company was founded to create and build a new international convention and exhibition centre in St. Petersburg.

17.01.2011

ExpoForum joined two building project design and construction associations

ExpoForum JSC joined two self-regulating associations: NP Northwest Alliance of Project Designers, and NP  Construction Companies Association of St. Petersburg. This will allow ExpoForum to carry out both building project design and construction.

13.01.2011

Work Began on the New Engineering Infrastructure for ExpoForum

On January 13 ExpoForum JSC began removal of the existing engineering infrastructure, and began to prepare the ground for the new infrastructure on the territory of the new convention and exhibition centre which will open in 2013.

11.01.2011

Gas Boiler System approved for the Convention Centre

The City Committee for Energy and Engineering Infrastructure approved a gas boiler system for the future ExpoForum Convention and Exhibition Centre.

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