News in 2013


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.

The official opening ceremony began with an address to Convention participants by presidential aide Yuri Trutnev, who welcomed the attendees on behalf of Vladimir Putin: “We are all united by an understanding of the enormous social significance that sport has for the balanced development of both individuals and society. Thanks to brilliant performances and records set by outstanding athletes, and to the beauty and aesthetics of sport, millions of people today share the values of a healthy lifestyle.”

Governor of St. Petersburg Georgy Poltavchenko also addressed words of welcome to the delegates, noting that the SportAccord International Convention is a key event for the global sporting community and a source of new ideas for the development of international collaboration on sporting matters.

Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympic Committee, spoke of the need to make important decisions in his address, reminding summit participants that one of the main aims of the Convention is to continue the battle against illegal betting, doping, and other violations that endanger the good reputation of sport.

SportAccord President Hein Verbruggen concluded the ceremony by expressing his gratitude to the Russian government representatives for their warm welcome to St. Petersburg, a city with a rich historical and cultural heritage. “Today is a celebration – the triumph of beauty, grace and health. The new information age offers us fantastic opportunities, but we must remember the great responsibility which is borne by us all.”

Around 2,000 people will participate in the Convention, which will be held in St. Petersburg until 31 May. These will include members of the Russian parliament, representatives of the Russian Olympic Committee, the directors of the World Combat Games 2013, the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee, and leaders of all-Russian sporting federations for Olympic and non-Olympic sports.


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.


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.


ExpoForum draws visitors to St. Petersburg

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


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.