Gazprom launches construction of St. Petersburg’s 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.
The new exhibition centre will become the largest in St. Petersburg and one of the largest in Europe. It will be a modern venue for business, cultural and entertaining events, such as congresses, exhibitions, forums, concerts and sports competitions. It is planned to open the center in 2014. Gazprom Group acts as the project contractor.
Alexey Miller and Georgy Poltavchenko took part in the ExpoForum foundation pile driving.
“Knowledge, experience and technology exchange is an impetus to the successful business development. I believe that creation of a modern congress and exhibition center will open new opportunities for Russian and foreign companies. In addition, the ExpoForum construction will play an important part for Saint Petersburg to become a largest business center in Europe. Business tourism will develop more intensely and the city's socioeconomic level will be higher,” said Alexey Miller.
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).
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.
On 2 November ExpoForum JSC acquired Lenexpo's entire portfolio of exhibitions, making it now the largest St. Petersburg exhibition organiser.
On 1 Nov. 2011, according to a decision ratified by an extraordinary meeting of shareholders, ExpoForum JSC leased the Lenexpo Exhibition Complex until 2014.