News in 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.

On February 11 a round table was held at the Russian Cultural Centre in China to discuss the topic, ``St. Petersburg and Beijing: Northern capitals that are places for conventions and exhibitions.'' ExpoForum presented its plans for a new international convention centre that will open in St. Petersburg in 2013. ExpoForum representatives made a multi-media presentation in Chinese specially made for the local audience. The reaction from Chinese exhibition professionals and state officials was very positive, including from the Vice-president of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Mr. Chu Xiangyin.

On February 12 ExpoForum representatives met with China's Deputy Education Minister, Mr. Liu Limin, and they discussed the possibility of holding joint conventions and exhibitions in the areas of culture and education. The Deputy Education Minister supported the company's initiatives, and wished ``success along China's wide roads.''

According to ExpoForum's general director, Anatoly Erkulov, the company's interest in China is due to that country's rapid growth in the meeting and events industry over the past few years, as well as the traditionally strong business and political ties between Russia and China.


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 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.


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.