Event industry leaders were announced in St. Petersburg at the official award ceremony of independent EFEA Awards. The ceremony took place in the Garden City Expocentre.
Part of the Europe + Asia Event Forum (EFEA) held in St. Petersburg on 21-23 January was the official award ceremony of independent EFEA Awards.
The Award is given in a series of categories: Recognition of the Year, Partnership of the Year and Grand Project of the Year. Based on the results of the vote among media representatives, special prizes and diplomas were awarded to leading industry companies working in the Russian market and best events of the year — forums, exhibitions, congresses and festivals.
Candidates to become nominees were selected by means of monitoring and winners were determined by a professional jury, which included representatives of the TASS News Agency, R&C Market Research Company, Russian National Association of Event Organisers (NAOM), Russian Association of Communication Directors and Corporate Publishing (AKMR) and industry mass media.
Expocentre ZAO, RESTEC® Group and ExpoForum International Ltd. were nominated for Recognition of the Year. The winner was Expocentre ZAO, which celebrated its 55th anniversary in 2014.
The top three companies in the Partnership of the Year category were ITE Group, E.J. Krause & Associates Inc. and Messe Düsseldorf GmbH. The jury vote determined ITE Group as the winner.
2014 was a year of many meaningful events. Russia hosted the Olympic Games. Major international forums and exhibitions were held in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Sochi and Krasnodar. The experts nominated the 21st World Petroleum Congress, St. Petersburg International Economic Forum and the Exhibition of the North-Western Federal District at the Olympic Park in Sochi. The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum became the EFEA Awards Grand Project.
In 2014 a new Expoforum Convention and Exhibition Centre was opened in St. Petersburg. It was a milestone for the Russian MICE-industry. The special Breakthrough of the Year prize was awarded to ExpoForum International Ltd..
EFEA Awards was initiated by the Expo Business Review media project and R&C Market Research Company. General partner of EFEA Awards is the TASS News Agency.