RIEF includes discussion on MICE industry for the first time

Published on : Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 17, 2016. (Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

The Russian International Economic Forum (RIEF) that was hosted under the auspices of the Russian president in the region of St. Petersburg last week had included a discussion about the meetings industry as a crucial stream of discussion for the very first time.


Paul Colston who is the managing editor had chaired a panel of international meetings industry leaders, had discussed the knowhow regarding how this sector might develop into a driver of economic development.


David Bodor, the European regional director of ICCA updated on the new rankings list of the association that also outlined many of the strategies successful destinations to make sure that the meetings business contribute to growing local economies. He further stated that Russia is equipped with the potential to emerge as a world-class business event locale.


The head of project at the national Russian Convention Bureau’s head of the project Alexei Kalachev asserted that Russian has immense potential to hold the maximum number of events.


Currently, it hosts approximately about 13,000 to 14,000 events every year.


As many as 14,000 visitors had attended the RIEF over three days at the ExpoForum venue in St. Petersburg. President Vladimir Putin was among the various speakers at the plenary session. Sergey Alexeev who is the president of the Russian Union of Exhibitions and Fairs stated that the exhibitions is an important face-to-face industry rank second in the product promotion system after the internet.


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