4 Years of ExpoForum
ExpoForum JSC turned 4 years on January 18, 2012. The company has travelled within the short time the long way, gained high status and continues to implement its mission – to make St. Petersburg one of European convention and exhibition centre.
Last years were epochal both for ExpoForum JSC and for the entire meeting and exhibition business in St. Petersburg. Grand ceremony of ExpoForum Exhibition and Convention Centre construction commencement held in November 2011 was preceded by meticulous work: starting from research and concept creation to provision of the ready project for state expert examination and purchase of land plot. All of that was made in order to install in November 2011 pile to foundation of the new exhibition and convention centre.
According to provisions of general construction contract executed in August 2011, the first stage of the new centre will be constructed by LenSpetsSmu, JSC, which is one of the companies within Etalon Group.
Hotel operator which will control arrangement of hotels within the centre’s territory was selected in 2011; this operator is Hilton Worldwide. Thus hotels Hilton Saint Petersburg ExpoForum and Hampton by Hilton Saint Petersburg ExpoForum will be the first hotels opened by the well-known hotel chain in St. Petersburg.
Also, construction of the Church of Smolensk Mother of God Icon instead of the lost historical church, remains of which were discovered in the course of engineering survey works at the construction site of the future centre. With the Russian Orthodox Church’s blessing ExpoForum JSC had decided to reconstruct the church.
Another one outstanding event in the company’s life is purchase of exhibition business of Lenexpo JSC, and due to this fact ExpoForum JSC has become the most important exhibition organiser in the region. ExpoForum team was increased by 3.5 times due to transfer of former Lenexpo employees, involved in the process of events arrangement. As well ExpoForum has launched its first project in 2011 – St. Petersburg Gas Forum. Event coincided with 200-years anniversary of gas utilization in Russia is expected to be held annually and to become international from 2012.
“Our team is implementing very important for St. Petersburg project which will enable to create conditions for drawing interest to the city of big international business and creating congenial investment and innovation climate in St. Petersburg” – has declared Anatoly Erkulov, General Director of ExpoForum JSC. “These four years were extremely fruitful for the company, but our most important success will undoubtedly become the opening of our convention and exhibition centre in 2014”.
ExpoForum presented the project, The Baltic Sea Festival, at exhibition of yachts and powerboats Boot 2012 in Dusseldorf from the 21st to the 29th of January 2012. Today, Boot is one of largest international projects in the yacht market, and where seventeen thematic pavilions of the exhibition centre Messe D?sseldorf unfurled into an exposition of more than 1600 participants from 62 countries.
In 2012, the largest exhibition of real estate in Russia will be held at Lenexpo. ExpoForumJSC and Vistavka Ltd have signed an agreement to hold the Real Estate Fair in the only specialised exhibition complex in t.Petersburg.
ExpoForum took part in the Eurasian Event Forum EFEA, which is held in St. Petersburg from January 18 till January 20, 2012.
On December 22, 2011 in Saint Petersburg ExpoForum JSC, TRANSTEC Neva Exhibitions JSC and East West Exhibition Management ltd. (EU) / Dolphin Exhibitions ltd. (UK) made a long-term agreement to jointly hold NEVA international exhibitions and conferences on shipbuilding, navigation, port industry and ocean and continental shelf development, for the period through to 2019. Furthermore, a parallel agreement is being planned in relation to TRANSTEC international transport exhibitions and integrated international conferences on ports development and shipbuilding.