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.
The quality of life was evaluated in 140 cities. Thirty indicators in five categories were considered. These included Stability, Health Care, Culture and Environment, Education, and Infrastructure.
Vancouver was ranked No. 1 in the rating, followed by Melbourne, Vienna, Toronto, Calgary, and Helsinki. Three more Australian cities continue the list: Sydney, Perth, and Adelaida. Auckland in New Zealand concluded the Top Ten. Paris finished in 16th place, while London took 57th. Pittsburg was the top American city, finishing at 29th, while New York came in at 56th. St. Petersburg took 68th place, and Moscow was 70th. Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe was last at 140.
According to Anatoly Erkulov, general director of ExpoForum, St. Petersburg's first place among Russian cities will improve its image as a location for international conventions. "If someone wants to have an event in Russia, then it's very clear that St. Petersburg is the top candidate due to its unique historical and cultural heritage, as well as its modern level of economic and social development.''
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.
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.