Date: 6th June 2018
From June 6 to 8 Expocentre Fairgrounds hosted the 9th International Forum of the Exhibition Industry 5pEXPO 2016. This joint project of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Expocentre AO was a key networking platform for Russian and foreign specialists in the trade show, convention, and event industries.
5pEXPO 2016 was supported by the Russian Ministry of Industry of Industry and Trade and the Russian Union of Exhibitions and Fairs (RUEF). The general contractor was Expoconsta OOO.
The Forum participants were representatives from all areas of the trade show and convention business and event industry as well as authorities, chambers of commerce and industry, industry associations, business community and foreign associates. They discussed the most relevant topics and issues connected with the development of the exhibition industry and solved the challenges it faced in the current tough conditions.
This year the 9th International Forum of the Exhibition Industry 5pEXPO 2016 was co-located with the 6th Russian Conference on Effectiveness of Exhibition, Fair, and Congress Activities and Promotion of Russia-made Products and Services to Domestic and Foreign Markets on the eve of the Global Exhibitions Day announced by UFI and celebrated on the 8th of June all around the world.
The forum and the conference were Russia’s main events timed to the new professional holiday.
The participants in the official opening ceremony of the forum and the conference were President of the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, President of the Russian Union of Exhibitions and Fairs, Vice President of ExpoForum International Sergey Alexeev, Vice President of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Vladimir Dmitriev, General Director of World Trade Center Vladimir Strashko, and General Director of Expocentre AO Sergey Bednov.
Sergey Alexeev said that 85 major trade shows were held daily. The floor space of trade show centers equals to 30,000 pitches. The annual visitor attendance amounts to 260 million people. The trade show industry involves 700 thousand employees. Some people call the trade show industry “an implied giant”.
The conference and the forum programs featured roundtables and seminars.