Leading exhibition operators are planning to remove from Lenexpo to ExpoForum
On the 26th of February, a number of issues were discussed at a meeting of St Petersburg’s leading exhibition operators. These included matters concerning transport access to the new ExpoForum Convention and Exhibition Centre, how to divide pavilions into zones for small-scale events, and rental policy.
The construction of a new metro station at Pulkovo Airport, close to the new convention and exhibition centre, is one of the items in the Metro Development Strategy for the period to 2025. This was told by Sergei Voronkov, Executive Director of ExpoForum, to his partners during a business lunch. He also pointed out the need for the exhibition community to join forces to lobby for an earlier opening date for the station. In addition, the joint promotion of the new complex among exhibition participants and visitors was discussed.
The heads of leading companies on the regional exhibition market, including Restek, Primexpo, and FarExpo, expressed their willingness to contribute directly to this, in return for a more loyal pricing policy from the new convention centre’s top management. In response, Sergei Voronkov stated: “Given the current market situation, we can propose long-term, fixed-price business contracts to facilitate the move to the new venue. We will maintain the fixed-price policy by reducing the cost price of services, and the company guarantees to keep the same prices in 2014.”
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