New Congress Hall opens for business in Ekaterinburg

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New Congress Hall opens for business in Ekaterinburg

Ekaterinburg’s new Congress Hall at Ekaterinburg-EXPO International Exhibition Center has held its first event – the General Meeting of the Russian Convention Bureau.

The meeting of the national bureau discussed the results of the RCB’s work and a number of organisational issues.

Alexey Kalachev, Director of the Russian Convention Bureau, said: “The new venue must become one of the flagships of the Russian event industry, intended for business events at the highest level. I am sure that the upcoming major events: INNOPROM and the Second Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS-2019) will allow to demonstrate the increasing event potential of Sverdlovsk Region on the Russian and international markets.

“Ekaterinburg has stably been one of top three leaders in the rating of event attractiveness of Russian regions, ranking second for five years in a row (ratings prepared by R&C Market Research Company). This is the testimony to the active position that the region holds in promotion on the Russian and foreign markets, which positively affects the international event image of the region and its investment attractiveness.”

The General Meeting also approved a list of new candidates to the RCB Board:

  • Artur Antonyan, First Deputy General Director of JSC VDNH;
  • Sergey Bednov, General Director of JSC Expocenter;
  • Igor Danilov, General Director of JSC Urals Exhibition Center (Ekaterinburg Expo);
  • Nadezhda Korotovskikh, Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of Interservice LLC;
  • Ilya Kuznetsov, General Director of LLC Congress International;
  • Vladimir Salamatov, General Director of LLC International Trade and Integration.

Chairman of the RCB Board, Director of Rosscongress Foundation Alexander Stuglev, said, “Adding a number of reputable professionals in convention and exhibition business to our Board, their experience and expertise will provide a new impetus to the activities of the Russian Convention Bureau and development of the Russian event industry as a whole. I am confident that the work of the new Board will be very effective and quite productive.”

The Russian Convention Bureau, the St Petersburg State Economic University and the Asia Pacific Institute for Event Management (APIEM), also signed a tripartite co-operation agreement on the sidelines of the General Meeting. The agreement presupposes implementing a certification scheme for Russian companies seeking international standardisation certificates, first through developing individual professional competencies at SPSEU and then receiving the APIEM International Certificate.

An evening RCB reception took place at the Ekaterinburg Arena Central Stadium.

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