News in 2011


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.

In 2010 more than 5 million tourists visited St. Petersburg. According to the city program by 2016 that figure should increase to 8.1 million. In addition, it provides for measures to increase the average length of stay in St. Petersburg to five days, to increase the number of repeated visits, and to overcome the seasonality factor and make for an equitable distribution of tourist arrivals during the entire year.

To achieve these goals it will be necessary to develop event and convention tourism, new recreation areas, entertainment and leisure, and develop marine tourism, such as ferries and yachting. Governor Valentina Matvienko said that infrastructure must be developed for the reception of yachting tourists. "We must be ready to receive such ships, to create comfortable conditions for the development of yachting tourism," said the governor.

In the near future an investment competition will be held to develop a network of campsites for cross-country trailers. For this purpose, the city has reserved eight plots of lands. "St. Petersburg will be the first city in Russia with a camping system for foreign tourists,"  said Matvienko.

The programme also calls for informational and promotional support of St. Petersburg’s tourism sector, market development services, measures to ensure the safety of tourists, support for Russian tourists abroad, the further development of hotel infrastructure, and the training of highly qualified personnel for the industry.

Anatoly Erkulov, general director of Expoforum JSC, commented on the new programme’s approval. "It's nice to know that our project - the construction of a new convention and exhibition centre coincides with the general vector of the city’s development, and is consistent with its priorities. The appearance in 2013 of a major convention and exhibition centre will help increase the tourist flow to St. Petersburg, thanks to convention tourists, as well as to the participants and visitors to exhibitions.’’


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.


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.


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.