Global Exhibition Industry Leaders Have Eyes on St. Petersburg
In 2014, more than 200 exhibition industry leaders from over 30 countries will meet in St. Petersburg for the UFI’s summer training seminars.
St. Petersburg was selected as the 2014 venue at the UFI Global CEO Forum in Vienna. More than 80 representatives from leading international convention and exhibition organisers, along with government officials from around the world, have convened in the Austrian capital to discuss marketing trends and the outlook for the business conference market, as well as new approaches to management under the theme ‘Innovation for Growth’.
Sergei Voronkov, Executive Director of ExpoForum, welcomed the participants, and talked about the new opportunities for the exhibition industry in St. Petersburg. He noted that the construction of the new ExpoForum Convention and Exhibition Centre is well on the way to completion in Russia’s northern capital, and that in the second quarter of 2014, ExpoForum will be the venue for the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. "The new centre will be one of the largest and best-equipped venues in Russia, with an infrastructure designed to host a wide range of events of various sizes. Already, a series of agreements have been concluded with leaders of the global exhibition market", emphasised the head of one of Russia’s leading convention and exhibition companies.
The UFI Global CEO Forum, which is taking place from 30 January to 1 February 2013, is the eleventh in the series, and is traditionally an important venue for networking between the major players in the exhibitions industry.
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.
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.
‘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.