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.
An exhibition was also held highlighting the most significant aspects of local development, and plans for the ExpoForum international convention and exhibition centre were presented. Among those present was Yevgeny Yelin, chairman of the City Committee for Economic Development, Industrial Policy, and Trade. Igor Pakhorukov, head of the Pushkin district, remarked that 2010 will go down in the history of the district and St. Petersburg as a year of new large-scale projects, anniversaries, and other important events. First and foremost, this was the 65th anniversary of the Great Victory in the Second World War, and the 300th anniversary of Tsarskoe Selo (which is now the city of Pushkin). Among the main tasks for the coming year, Mr. Pakhorukov named the upcoming 200th anniversary of the Tsarskoselskoe Imperial Lycee.
Anatoly Erkulov, ExpoForum general director, said that, ``We are interested in the vibrant development of the Pushkin district, where we will build our convention centre. In addition, our project will foster the development of the area's infrastructure, such as new roads and utilities, and in the future it will also lead to improvements in transport, and create new jobs.
St. Petersburg was named the most comfortable Russian city for the quality of living, according to a rating conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit.
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 experts completed training for the international rating company, LEED, which is an American certification system that bestows a ``green'' status on a completed structure.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A new tourist programme, ``Guest Card to St. Petersburg,’’ has been created in the Northern Capital.
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.