Expoforum Shared its Experience with Russia’s 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.
The conference was for the heads of local governments and Russia's regions; and it was held with support from the governments of the Leningrad region, and St. Petersburg.
Part of the conference was held in the Pushkin district and was devoted to ways of enhancing this area’s investment attractiveness. The construction of the convention and exhibition centre was presented as an example of an investment project that promotes the city’s development.
Specialists from different regions of Russia were interested in how the city and investors interact when implementing such a large project, taxation issues, and the possibility of obtaining benefits and preferences for such projects.
It is important to remember that ExpoForum cooperated with the St. Petersburg government, when in 2010 the company ordered the project design for the reconstruction of the St. Petersburg highway that will provide transport accessibility for the future complex. For their part, city authorities allocated funds to complete the work during 2011-2013.
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 was accepted into the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry (UFI) during a meeting of its Executive Board last week in Ghent.
In Bangkok and Beijing from June 12 to 18 ExpoForum representatives held a series of meetings devoted to generating business in Asia.
ExpoForum representatives took part in the Caixin summit in St. Petersburg, organized by the Chinese media holding of the same name.
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 city signed over 10 agreements with a total investment of more than 97 billion rubles. They will be invested in St. Petersburg’s economy in the coming years. Governor Valentina Matvienko reported this at the XV International Economic Forum, when summing up its results.
Today, the design project for ExpoForum’s 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.
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 tourism’s effectiveness as a part of the urban economy, to develop new tourism activities, and also to improve St. Petersburg’s attractiveness as a major international tourist destination.
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.
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.