News in 2011


ExpoForum Joined the Green Building Council

ExpoForum JSC joined the non-commercial organization, the Green Building Council, which seeks to foster and implement rules for ecologically-sound construction.

This NGO is the Russian branch of the World Green Building Council, which has branches in more than 60 countries. The organization's stated goal is to devise and lobby for national standards of ecological construction in Russia that will be based on international practices, but which will take into consideration the specifics of the local climate, environment, and existing construction norms and rules.

ExpoForum was accepted as a Premium level member, which is a category for companies with a turnover exceeding 30 million rubles, and which gives it greater possibilities within the Council.

``We are carefully studying the current green standards for construction of which the most well-known are BREEAM and LEED. All the certification systems are based on the same principles, therefore in the end it doesn't make a big difference according to which system we certify our convention centre. The most important thing is that by implementing a resouce-effective system at the design level we can then obtain a green certificate,'' said Anatoly Erkulov, ExpoForum general director.


Russia and the EU Will Discuss Abolishing Travel Visas

Russia's Justice Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister will meet with their European Commission colleagues in St. Petersburg on May 19 to discuss the possibility of abolishing travel visas, reported Interfax, citing a source in the Euro Commission.


Prices for St. Petersburg Hotels Are Close to European Levels

Research conducted by Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels shows that after a two-year decline the number of people visiting St. Petersburg is recovering faster than expected. The significant decline in hotel room prices, which was caused by greater competition, encouraged more tourists to visit the Northern Capital.


Vodokanal Approved Plans to Upgrade the Water Systems at the Future Convention Centre

GUP Vodokanal St Petersburg approved plans to modernise the water and sewer infrastructure on the territory of the new ExpoForum Convention and Exhibition Centre.


ExpoForum's Hotel Dining Facilities were Designed

The German company, K3 Planungsgeselschaft mbH & Co. KG, completed the concept and zoning system for dining facilities at a 225 room 4-star hotel that will be built on the territory of the future ExpoForum Convention and Exhibition Centre.


Ros-Aviation Approved ExpoForum's Convention Centre

The Inter-regional Department for Air Transport and Rescue in Northwest Russia signed off on ExpoForum's plans to build a convention and exhibition centre.



St. Petersburg Residents Support the Idea of Balanced Development for the City

Gallup International canvassed St. Petersburg residents, asking them how they think the city should develop. Nearly two-thirds said the city should combine and utilise its opportunities as a tourism and business centre.