Thursday, August 17, 2017

Yekaterinburg plans new conference venues

The Yekaterinburg city administration has made plans to build nine new conference venues by 2020.

According to the Yekaterinburg Foreign Relations Committee, the city currently lacks the capacity to host large scale international conferences.

"Yekaterinburg does not have enough large conference venues for 500 people or more," Svetlana Garipova, the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, said, according to JustMedia. Garipova added that most venues in the city currently accommodate between 150 and 250 people.

"By 2020, nine more sites will be built and opened." Garipova said, according to JustMedia.

Garipova mentioned the Expo-Yekaterinburg project, which is slated to be built in the Yekaterinburg-City Business District.

In 2011, Yekaterinburg was host to a total of 360 business events, attended by an estimated 70,000 people. Of those events, 45 percent were local, 42 percent were domestic and only 13 percent could truly be labeled as international. The city administration has created plans to increase the number of international guests as part of a strategic program titled "International Congress Center", JustMedia reports. As part of the program, the city hopes to increase the number of conferences in Yekaterinburg to between 540 and 700 conference events by 2020.