News in 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.

This card is a single transport document for tourists, which also allows you to pay for guided tours and entrance to state museums, as well as gives discounts for staying at hotels, and when attending commercial, cultural and entertainment centres. The programme begins in March.

According to Fontanka, the Agency for Direct Investments said that the ``Guest Card to St. Petersburg,’’ includes 2 guided tours of the city (a general tour, and a tour on the canals and rivers), as well as free entrance without standing in line for 9 state museums (such as Peter and Paul Fortress, St Isaac’s Cathedral, Russian Museum, and Savior on the Blood). According to Irina Babuk, the general director of the St. Petersburg Agency for Direct Investments, ``Guest Card’’ is a Russian version of such successful programmes in the European Union --- in London, Paris, Berlin, and Stockholm. ``St. Petersburg is the first Russian city to realize such a project,’’ said Irina Babuk. ``This will allow us to improve the city’s positive image as a tourist center, and to make travel here more comfortable for Russian and foreign visitors, and also to include St. Petersburg in the European system of tourist cards.’’

Anatoly Erkulov, general director of ExpoForum said his company is very interested in the appearance of such a card for convention and exhibition travelers. ``It should be a 3 day or 4 day card with the possibility to visit the main museums without waiting in line because business tourists do not have much free time due to their intense work schedules. Also, ideally, it’s a good idea to add to this the free use of all city transport,’’ said Erkulov.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.