Programme

The Meetings Industry as a Driver of Economic Development

RUSSIAN ECONOMIC AGENDA
Panel Session
Congress Centre, Conference Hall B2

Moderator:
Paul Colston , Managing Editor, Conference News

Panellists
Ramesh Abhishek , Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Ministry of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of India
Sergey Alexeev , President, Russian Union of Exhibitions and Fairs; Executive President (Outgoing President), UFI The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry
David Bodor , Regional Director Europe, International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA)
Sergey Voronkov , General Director, ExpoForum International
Alexey Kalachev , Head of Project, Russian Convention Bureau
Christian Mutschlechner , Chief Executive Officer, Vienna Convention Bureau

Front row participants:
Elena Myakotnikova , Corporate Director, Agency for Strategic Initiatives

Broadcast

Key moments

Exhibitions as a face-to-face industry rank second in the product promotion system after the internet. We cannot get by without the face-to-face industry and we will develop it.
Sergey Alexeev
President, Russian Union of Exhibitions and Fairs; Executive President (Outgoing President), UFI The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry
Exhibitions are the locomotive of the economy. If you don’t show anything, you won’t sell anything.
Sergey Alexeev
President, Russian Union of Exhibitions and Fairs; Executive President (Outgoing President), UFI The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry
Our core idea is to have industry associations that need to handle the sale of goods as main customers in our system.
Sergey Alexeev
President, Russian Union of Exhibitions and Fairs; Executive President (Outgoing President), UFI The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry
It’s important to understand that international business events play a very significant role in building stronger, more productive, more diverse economy.
David Bodor
Regional Director Europe, International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA)
There is definitely potential for Russia to become a world-class business event destination.
David Bodor
Regional Director Europe, International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA)
The potential of the Russian regions and infrastructural capabilities allow to hold much more events than we do. And for now we hold roughly 13,000–14,000 events per year.
Alexey Kalachev
Head of Project, Russian Convention Bureau
Business tourism and the event industry are developing rather actively and have great potential throughout the whole world.
Alexey Kalachev
Head of Project, Russian Convention Bureau
My philosophy always was that we are here to serve our clients and we are not here to serve our suppliers. That's a key message.
Christian Mutschlechner
Chief Executive Officer, Vienna Convention Bureau
It’s very important to understand that meetings are a platform for export of national knowledge. But, at the same time, it’s import of knowledge, because you bring the world to your country, to your city, where they get into action with your local scientists. And it is a global platform for education and networking.
Christian Mutschlechner
Chief Executive Officer, Vienna Convention Bureau