News in 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.

Currently, there are 10 international hotel chains active in St. Petersburg, which is an increase from five in 2000. According to Colliers International's annual analytical report, Hilton Worldwide and Hyatt International also have plans to begin operations in the city.

In 2011 seven new hotels will open in St. Petersburg, of which five will be 5-stars, and the other two will be 4-stars. In 2010 there was an increase in the number of 3-star hotels, whose market share in the city is about 40%; 4-star hotels have a 36% market share; while both the 5-star segment and economy class account for 12%.

According to Colliers International, the volume of hotel occupancies in the city grew between 5% to 15% in 2010 thanks to hotels' flexible pricing and marketing policy. According to analysts, a future rise in demand and hotel occupancy will be impacted by the development of the Sea Passengers Terminal, and the completion of the new Pulkovo airport terminal.

Anatoly Erkulov, ExpoForum general director, believes that an increase in the number of hotel rooms in St Petersburg will also spur the development of convention tourism, for which tourist infrastructure is just as important as the construction of new convention venues.


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.


St. Petersburg Will Have a Special Tourist Card

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


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.