News in 2011


The Exhibition Industry in St. Petersburg is in a Legal Vaccum

On June 1 the Committee for exhibition and fairs of the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry held a meeting. The main topic was the need for new laws to regulate the exhibition industry; without them the industry will not grow in 2012, or it might even slide back to the level of several years ago.

Up until now, there was a system of establishing a list of priority exhibitions supported by the St. Petersburg government, and that it even sometimes took part in. These included the largest international exhibitions where the city presented its economic and cultural potential; as well as city-level events in various sectors of the economy. Due to Russia's current state administrative reform, a number of local laws have been annulled, and this deprives the city government of the right to make a list of priority exhibitions and to finance them. In addition, there is no legal mechanism to establish other methods to regulate exhibition and convention activity; for example, the right to create a city convention bureau which is crucial for the development of the events and meetings industry.

``We are doing everything so that the market doesn't return to the Stoneage, and that it doesn't loose a clear state policy and support,'' said Alexei Yakovlev, head of the department of innovation and entrepreneurship at the City Committee of Economic Development, Industrial Policy and Commerce. ``However, we want to create a document to help business, and not increase bureaucracy, and therefore we call upon players in this sector to participate more actively in preparation of a new law.''

Those gathered at the meeting agreed to prepare their ideas for a new law to help develop the city's exhibition and convention sector; and the city government promised to find the proper legal form for such a document and will try to have it approved on the federal level.


A Metro Line Will Reach Pulkovo Airport

At a June 28 meeting, the St. Petersburg City Government approved plans to develop the city's underground transport system, including extending it to reach the Pulkovo airport. This will help resolve transportation issues for the new ExpoForum Convention and Exhibition Centre that opens in 2013 near the airport.


ExpoForum Entered UFI

ExpoForum was accepted into the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry (UFI) during a meeting of its Executive Board last week in Ghent.


ExpoForum Outlined Prospects for Cooperation with Asian Countries

In Bangkok and Beijing from June 12 to 18 ExpoForum representatives held a series of meetings devoted to generating business in Asia.


ExpoForum Participated in the Caixin Summit

ExpoForum representatives took part in the Caixin summit in St. Petersburg, organized by the Chinese media holding of the same name.


Investing in Convention Real Estate Requires the Development of Transport Systems

On June 20 ExpoForum representatives participated in a roundtable titled, "Investing in infrastructure for convention tourism, that was organised by the newspaper, Construction Weekly.


The XV International Economic Forum brought nearly 100 billion rubles to St. Petersburg

The city signed over 10 agreements with a total investment of more than 97 billion rubles. They will be invested in St. Petersburgs economy in the coming years. Governor Valentina Matvienko reported this at the XV International Economic Forum, when summing up its results.


The Design Project of the Convention and Exhibition Centre Will Be Reviewed by State Experts

Today, the design project for ExpoForums international convention and exhibition centre was sent to the State Expertise Centre. If a positive conclusion is given within 90 days then the company can obtain a permit, and begin construction.


Expoforum Shared its Experience with Russias Regions

On June 9, ExpoForum organized a business tour at the construction site of the international congress and exhibition centre. The tour was for participants of the conference, ``Managing a city as part of the state's innovation strategy, that was held in St. Petersburg on June 8-10.


By 2016 St. Petersburg will have up to 8 million tourists a year

On June 7, 2011 the city government adopted a programme to develop St. Petersburg as a tourist centre during the period of 2011-2016. The programme aims to improve tourisms effectiveness as a part of the urban economy, to develop new tourism activities, and also to improve St. Petersburgs attractiveness as a major international tourist destination.


St. Petersburg Natural Gas Forum 2011 Has Closed

From May 31 to June 3 at the Lenexpo exhibition centre the first Petersburg natural gas forum was held with the support of Gazprom. The event coincided with the 200-year celebrations of Russia's natural gas industry, and it attracted the attention of a large number of specialists. Several thousand people from Russia, the CIS, and Europe attended the event. Among them were the CEOs of gas distribution companies, private investors, public authorities, as well as representatives from the sciences.