ExpoForum Convention and Exhibition Centre is attracting major new projects to St. Petersburg
ExpoForum’s new facility is attracting major new projects to St. Petersburg, according to Managing Director of Reed Exhibitions’ Russian representative office Gregory Zaraisky, at the signing of an agreement finalising the terms for organising and running the PAP-FOR Russia exhibition at a new venue – the ExpoForum Convention and Exhibition Centre.
“We see the signing of this agreement as just the beginning of further collaboration. Starting with a project which already has a good foothold in Russia, we plan to bring to St. Petersburg such world-class brands as the heating and ventilation industry exhibition, Aqua-Therm, and the professional cosmetics and equipment exhibition for beauty salons and schools, INTERCHARM Professional.”
The agreement, signed on 18 January between Reed Exhibitions Russia and ExpoForum, covers the rental of 17,000 square metres of indoor exhibition space between 28–31 October 2014, for the largest international exhibition and business forum in Eastern Europe catering for the pulp and paper, forestry, processing, packaging and tissue industries, PAP-FOR Russia. The agreement covers a four year period from 2014 to 2018.
In the words of ExpoForum’s Executive Director Sergei Voronkov, construction of the new conference centre is on schedule, and the first exhibitions will take place there in early 2014. “Signing agreements such as these is an indication that the complex is coming to life, that events are being put together and exhibition space being sold. It must also be said that signing this agreement with the world leader in the exhibition business, Reed Exhibitions, is not only a great honour for us, but for the city as a whole”, Mr Voronkov pointed out.
A number of other Russian and foreign operators have already expressed their intention to hold conferences and exhibitions at the new ExpoForum centre.
In 2014, more than 200 exhibition industry leaders from over 30 countries will meet in St. Petersburg for the UFI’s summer training seminars.
The State Expert Review Board (Gosexpertiza) has approved the first phase of the reconstruction project for Peterburgskoye Highway, close to the new ExpoForum Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Plans to host an exhibition entitled ‘Foodstuffs: the SCO Brand’ in St. Petersburg have been added to the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Business Council’s (SCO BC) programme of events for September 2013. This decision was taken during an SCO BC Secretariat session in Beijing, following a presentation by leading Russian exhibition organiser ExpoForum. The company will organise the event under the aegis of the SCO BC.
The Neva International Exhibition and Conference, which will take place from 24-27 September 2013 at the Lenexpo Exhibition Centre, has been included in the list of events under the auspices of the Marine Board of the Government of the Russian Federation.
A series of business meetings organised by ExpoForum in China between 17–21 January have resulted in a number of agreements designed to encourage Chinese companies to participate in Russian exhibitions.
ExpoForum has very quickly become the largest exhibition organiser in the region with a 42% market share, the operator of the Lenexpo Exhibition Complex, and the developer for the construction of the new ExpoForum Convention and Exhibition Centre.
‘An Inscribed Brick in a Church Wall’ is the name of a campaign organised by the Foundation for the Restoration of Christian Cultural Monuments, of which ExpoForum is one of the founders.