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Convention bureau aims to kickstart Russian events industry over next five years

The Russian Convention Bureau is looking to kickstart the industry in Russia over the next five years.

Established in November 2017, the bureau is hoping to attract bids and business using its “Russia: Open to the World” tagline.

Russian Convention Bureau director Alexey Kalachev said: “We are looking to kickstart the Russian events industry. It’s a very exciting time, it’s a huge project.

“We are uniting companies from the event industry: hotels, venues, PCOs, DMCs, and the main goal is to evolve international events in Russia. We now have more than 70 members from 14 different regions representing all aspects of the industry.

“There are 7,500 companies in Russia working in this area and there has never been an organisation co-ordinating everything before.”

This year saw the bureau organise its first fam trip, taking a group of five journalists around World Cup host venues Moscow, Sochi, Ekaterinburg and Rostov on Don, with the tagline ‘Following Fifa’.

St Petersburg is set to host 6,000 delegates including a host of world leaders at the World Energy Congress 2022. Other upcoming conferences in Russia include the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS) 2019 in Ekaterinburg, the International Planning History Society (IPHS) 2020 in Moscow and the 34th Planetary Congress in St Petersburg in 2021 to mark the 60th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin becoming the first person in space.

“We have around 30 bids in different stages of development,” added Kalachev. “We are open to the world. We want to show people and demonstrate our regions, we want to invite people so they can see it with their own eyes.”