ExpoForum summarises results for first half of 2013
In the first half of 2013, profits from the companyТs congress and exhibition activities almost quintupled, and the profitability index increased 10% in comparison with the same period in 2012. In addition, the Lenexpo Exhibition Complex reached 34% operational capacity, exceeding last yearТs levels by 4%.
The annual increase in the complex’s capacity suggests that a growing number of domestic and foreign companies are interested in what St Petersburg has to offer as a hub for business activities in Northwest Russia, and also highlights the shortage in specialised exhibition venues in the city. According to experts, the commissioning the new Expoforum Convention and Exhibition Centre will help solve this problem. This in turn will speed up development of the industry and will further attract foreign exhibitors.
In this regard, the signing of strategic agreements for 2014–2018 with international leaders in the exhibition industry represents an important company benchmark. These agreements were reached with the ITE Group, Dolphin Exhibitions, Reed Exhibitions, Messe Düsseldorf, and others. The main events under the agreements will take place at the ExpoForum Congress and Exhibition Centre, following its opening in spring 2014.
The first half of 2013 was propitious for the development of company events, and also for the creation of a new sales and marketing system. Thus, leading projects, including the International Senior Generation Forum, the St. Petersburg International Gas Forum, and the Agrorus International Exhibition and Trade-Fair demonstrated not only sustainable, but also dynamic growth for the company, in line with planned targets.
Reaffirming its position as a professional operator of world-class congresses, ExpoForum hosted more than 20 guest events in the first half of 2013, the largest being the 11th SportAccord International Convention, the 17th St Petersburg International Economic Forum, the International Arabia-Expo Exhibition, and the Russia-ASEAN Business Forum. In addition, a series of events linked with the Russian Presidency of the G20 are scheduled for the coming months.
From 6Ц11 July, St Petersburg will host the Congress of the Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS) for the first time.
The official opening of the VI International Maritime Defence Show, one of the top three global events in its sphere, took place today at the Lenexpo Exhibition Complex.