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.
The UFI unites the world's leading trade fair organisers and exhibition venue owners, as well as national and international exhibition associations and partners of the exhibition industry. Today, the UFI comprises 552 companies in 83 countries on six continents.
"Joining the UFI is a very important step for integration in the global exhibition business," said Anatoly Erkulov, ExpoForum general director. "Now, given that we are an active member in two other influential business associations for the convention industry --- AIPC and ICCA --- we can say that we are fully represented in the global, as well as the exhibition and congress community.''
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.
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,ТТ 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. PetersburgТs 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 ExpoForumТs 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 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,ТТ that was held in St. Petersburg on June 8-10.
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 tourismТs effectiveness as a part of the urban economy, to develop new tourism activities, and also to improve St. PetersburgТs 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.