St. Petersburg has been recognised as one of the best tourist destinations of Europe
A popular web-site for travellers, Tripadvisor has ranked the best tourist destinations of Europe with St. Petersburg in the 15th place in the list. St. Petersburg has appeared to be more attractive than Vienna, Munich and Budapest.
The head of Rostourizm Alexander Radkov has declared in April that Russia was in top ten of the most visited countries in the world; about 25 million tourists had visited Russia in 2011. Most travellers arrived from the Baltic countries, Germany, Poland and Finland.
The world leaders for reception of foreign tourists in 2011 were France (approximately 80 million), the United States (62 million), Spain (56.7 million), Italy and China. Russia placed in the 6th place, was visited by 24.93 million foreign visitors; among them there were 5.47 million business tourists. In comparison with the last year, the overall growth in the number of country visitors was 12%. The number of business-travellers to Russia including those arriving to exhibitions, conventions, forums has increased by 24%.
“In the forefront of growing interest to Russia and in particular to St. Petersburg, our city can and shall become the venue of the most authoritative business meetings, the showcase of the newest achievements of industry and science. In order to do this, St. Petersburg needs a modern ground to hold major international events. For this purpose, our company is implementing a construction project of one of the largest convention and exhibition centres in Europe”, has commented the growing numbers the Executive Director of ExpoForum JSC Sergey Voronkov.
May, 31 in Lenexpo, there was open the Baltic Marine Festival which has became not only a meeting place for professionals of the maritime industry, but also a bright holiday for all the citizens and tourists. The first event of the festival was the parade of yachts and boats which was attended by the representatives of the major media of St. Petersburg.
This was reported by the speakers of the conference “Energy from Biomass”, which was held on May, 24 in the exhibition “Energetika&elektrotechnika” in the “Lenexpo”.
June 2 ExpoForum with the support of the Administration of Vasileostrovsky district, the Russian Geographical Society and the city diving clubs, organises an ecological action, timed to coincide with International Day for Biological Diversity.
The above solution of the problem of the upcoming lack of qualified personnel in the energy industry in Russia was offered by the participants of the conference “Personnel for Energy Efficient Economy” held as part of the “Energetika&electrotechnika” exhibition in Lenexpo on May 23.
TRANSTEC’2012, an international transport exhibition, and the III International Conference on Port and Shipping Development were included in the event schedule of the Marine Board under the RF Government and the exhibition plan of the Russian Ministry of Transport for 2012. Both the exhibition and the conference will take place in Lenexpo on October 2-4, 2012. The organisers are Transtec Neva Exhibitions, which is 30% owned by ExpoForum, and East West Exhibition Management ltd/Dolphin Exhibitions ltd.
On May 23, ExpoForum officially announced the launch of its new congress and exhibition project – “Russian International Energy Forum”. The first forum shall take place already in 2013 at Lenexpro and unite the leading industry events held in Saint Petersburg in its structure.
One of the largest showing in the Northwest – XIX international specialized exhibition “Energetika&electrotechnika” – has opened on May 23 in the “Lenexpo” and aroused the great interest of the Russian and foreign companies.
ExpoForum together with the Government of Saint Petersburg became the organizer of an interactive exposition as well as a business and cultural program of the Northern Capital of Russia within the scope of the EXPO-2012 World Exhibition in the South Korean city of Yeosu. The exhibition was opened on May 12 and will last for three months. The exposition "St. Petersburg as the Russian Sea Capital" will be presented on June 27 to 30.
The XV International specialized exhibition for welding, cutting, and related technologies “Welding” was opened on May 15 in Lenexpo; it has already become one of the largest industrial projects of Russia, CIS and the Baltic states over the years of its existence. Organizer: ExpoForum JSC.
The rating of Saint Petersburg as the place for holding international forums and congresses has grown during a year by 33 points: the city has moved from the line 112 to 79.
In April 2012, Gazprom has become the strategic partner of the Kino Expo, one of the world largest cinema forums. The cooperation is to assist the development of national film industry and the world market promotion of national cinematography.
About 70 citizens of Pushkin addressed the staff of the archive of the Military Medicine Museum in order to learn the fate of their relatives who had been lost during the Great Patriotic War. The charitable action devoted to the Victory Day was arranged by ExpoForum jointly with the Military Medicine Museum and the administration of Pushkin Region.
Hipposphere, an international horse exhibition, opened at LenExpo on May 4. The participants cut the symbolic red ribbon right on the manege arranged in the exhibition hall.
ExpoForum together with the administration of the Pushkin district and the Military and Medical Museum will hold a charity event on May 7 and 8. In Pushkin city, there will be opened a temporary public office of the Military and Medical museum archives with some materials of the Great Patriotic War.