News in 2013


ExpoForum draws visitors to St. Petersburg

The MICE industry opportunities in St. Petersburg have attracted the interest of European business event organisers.

The potential for holding major world-class events in St Petersburg was discussed at IMEX, a leading exhibition for the international meetings industry, which took place in Frankfurt from 21–23 May. In particular, exhibition participants were shown the new opportunities for developing business tourism in St. Petersburg as a result of the opening of the ExpoForum Convention and Exhibition Centre, which will be ready to host major international conventions as soon as 2014. The opening of Pulkovo Airport’s new terminal will also make the city more attractive to organisers of international touring events.

St. Petersburg is already strengthening its status as a European centre for the meetings industry. In the last year, the city has risen 19 places in the International Congress and Convention Association’s (ICCA) world rating and is now ranked sixtieth. Additionally, this year St. Petersburg will host major international conventions such as SportAccord and FEBS for the first time. Both events are to take place at the Lenexpo Exhibition Complex.

Each year, national and regional tourist offices, major hotel groups, airline companies, destination management companies (DMC), service providers, and trade associations from 150 countries worldwide are represented at IMEX. Around 3,500 participants exhibited and more than 14,000 visitors attended this year’s event.


White Nights, Arabian Style

Arabia-Expo and the 11th Russian-Arab Business Council will open at Lenexpo Exhibition Complex on 30 May. This will be the first time that St. Petersburg has hosted these events, which play a significant role in strengthening Russian-Arab relations.


SportAccord Ц a source of new ideas for developing international sport

On 28 May 2013, the SportAccord International Convention was officially opened at Lenexpo On 28 May 2013, the SportAccord International Convention was officially opened at Lenexpo Exhibition Complex. St. Petersburg became the first Russian city to host representatives of Olympic committees and international sporting federations as they discuss global questions regarding the development of world sport.


Russia set to become centre of sports world

On 28 May 2013, the SportAccord International Convention officially opened its doors at Lenexpo Exhibition Complex, with over 80 participating organisations including sports industry representatives, host cities, and committees involved in planning and holding high-level international competitions.


SportAccord has positive impact on St. Petersburg economy

The SportAccord International Convention is taking place from 26Ц31 May 2013 at the Lenexpo Exhibition Complex. Experts speculate that the international sports summit, being held in Russia for the first time this year, will provide a significant boost to the St. Petersburg economy.


Theory and practice of landscape design at Lenexpo

Issues relating to functional landscape design, as well as the reconstruction and preservation of RussiaТs plant nurseries, estates and gardens, were the key themes of the City and Flowers International Forum, encompassing a number of events relating to the latest developments in the fields of landscape architecture, floral arrangement and phyto-design.


St Petersburg Needs Quality Landscaping Projects

This was the pronouncement by Yuri Mitiurev, St PetersburgТs Chief Architect, at the opening ceremony of City and Flowers, a forum focused on the landscaping, park infrastructure, and ornamental horticulture industries.


St. Petersburg is a strategic location for the Russian gas industry

Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Management Committee of Gazprom, gave the first speech at the opening ceremony of the St. Petersburg International Gas Forum.


Gas companies ensure production surplus in Russia

Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Management Committee of Gazprom, talked to journalists at the St. Petersburg International Gas Forum about surplus gas production in Russia.


Gas exhibition opens at Lenexpo

As part of the St. Petersburg International Gas Forum, the following specialised industry exhibitions have opened in three pavilions at Lenexpo: ROS-GAS-EXPO, the specialised exhibition of the natural gas industry and technology for gas facilities; InGAS Stream, showcasing innovations in the gas industry; and Russian Gas Supply.


Russian equine breeders support children's equestrian sport

St. PetersburgТs fifteenth Hipposphere International Equestrian Exhibition played host to a discussion of the current situation and the outlook for the equine industry in Russia. The exhibition was also a key event designed to support children's equestrian sport in the northwest of Russia.


St. Petersburg strengthens its position in the global meetings industry

St. Petersburg has jumped 19 places on the list of top host cities for major international events, ranking 60th in the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) ratings for 2012.


ExpoForum takes another step closer to Europe

On 21Ц23 May, ExpoForum will be participating in the IMEX international exhibition in Frankfurt-am-Main. The leading exhibition operator in Northwest Russia will be demonstrating the opportunities available for organising conventions, exhibitions, forums, and other events in St. Petersburg.