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1001 reasons to hold your business meeting in the “third capital” of Russia

Choosing a place to hold a conference, exhibition, forum, or training ground is crucial and not easy. Many things should be taken into account and thought about: transportation, living, meals, conference rooms, equipment. The success or failure of business meetings has an influence on the company’s reputation, relationships with clients and partners, corporate environment, and the development of the business in general. If you want to raise the standard of the event and put together the ideal organization at the event with a feeling of happiness, comfort, and prosperity, come to Kazan - the capital of the land of 1001 delights.

We’re driving, driving, driving

Logistics is one of the key issues for the organizers. Who wants to travel to their destination riding reindeer for three days, walk on neglected roads, and catch an uncertified, broken down taxi? The capital of Tatarstan won’t bother you like this. Kazan is connected to more than 25 big cities in Russia via rail road. Also, the international highway E22 goes through Kazan, starting from Great Britain going all the way to the Tyumen region; the federal M7 highway from Moscow continues to Ufa. The Kazan airport has international status and it was twice named the best regional airport in Russia and the CIS. It connects Tatarstan to 70 cities in Russia and other countries.

In 2015 Kazan was listed in the top 10 cities for road quality by the road inspection group 'Let’s Check the Quality of the Roads.' A special website was created about public transportation where you can find all the necessary information including routes and schedules. The transfer and taxi market is pretty big and competitive. You can use giants like Uber and Yandex.Taxi, or use local companies like Taxi Tatarstan which is connected to the service TapTaxi.

Basic needs

It’s hard to think about work when your stomach is dreaming about some good food and your head is thinking about a soft pillow. Kazan will take care of both. There are more than 150 hotels in the city, from the giant international chains to the cozy, little, local hotels with several rooms for those who like familiar comfort and traditional stuff – for any taste and budget.

Korston-Kazan

The Korston Club Hotel Kazan is not only a premium hotel where you can rest after a busy work day. It also has 20 event rooms, including a Ball room that can accommodate 600 people, and 4 halls that can be transformed into several different settings and functions.

Speaking of the high level of service, it is a fact that in 6 out of the 8 hotel categories on TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choiсe, Kazan hotels are the winners. The food deserves to be mentioned separately. Thanks to numerous restaurants and cafes, you can’t stay hungry in Kazan, whether you are a meat lover or a vegetarian, keeping the orthodox fast or following Islamic tenets, fond of Russian cuisine or want to tap into the treasure of the Tatar one.

 

Supplement your business trip with the taste of Tatarstan. Try tokmach – a thick chicken soup with herbs and homemade noodles. Check out the refreshing spiciness of azu – made of lamb doused in tomato sauce with pickles. Take out fragrant uchpochmacks or round beleshs filled with rich meat stuffing as a snack. Take home a box of the sweet marvel chack-chack.

Faster, higher, stronger

During the last few years Kazan was regularly hosting some international sport competitions such as the 2013 Summer Universiade and the FINA World Championship in 2015. The sport events left a good legacy for the city. All the infrastructural objects were built in such a way that they could be used for conferences and forums in future. For example, the International Information Center at Universiade Village has a conference room for 3000 people. The Kazan Arena can hold not only the soccer matches but also any events of any format, including mass celebrations.

That is not all. There are about 100 rooms for events that can hold 10-1400 people each, starting from the elite hotel Korston to the art lab Shtab. Kazanskaya Yarmarka – one of the biggest exhibition centers of Russia – has many businesses too. A new high-tech city named Innopolis was founded one year ago, and became a place for large forums, assemblies and conferences.

Kazan Federal University

Kazan Federal University is one of ten federal universities and the object of cultural heritage of the nations of the Russian Federation. The Kazan University has been a big research and development center for more than twenty years, and the alma mater of many representatives of the Russian intellectual and business elite. KFU is carefully keeping the traditions of academic education and listening attentively to the newest requests. As an answer to the demand for managers and specialists in economics, finances and business-processes, the Institute of Management, Economics and Finance, and the Higher school of business were launched. The Business Factory – a very young project, that KFU is working on with the Ministry of Economics of Tatarstan with active participation of the leading 
Kazan Federal University is one of ten federal universities and the object of cultural heritage of the nations of the Russian Federation. The Kazan University has been a big research and development center for more than twenty years, and the alma mater of many representatives of the Russian intellectual and business elite. KFU is carefully keeping the traditions of academic education and listening attentively to the newest requests. As an answer to the demand for managers and specialists in economics, finances and business-processes, the Institute of Management, Economics and Finance, and the Higher school of business were launched. The Business Factory – a very young project, that KFU is working on with the Ministry of Economics of Tatarstan with active participation of the leading 

 

Innopolis

The high-tech city and a Special Economic Zone is located in 40 km from Kazan. A faint proposal by the Tatarstan government to create an innovative complex turned into building a fully-functional city. Innopolis is a place where high-tech companies can find favorable conditions for their business, and the specialists can find opportunities for their professional realization. In order to move into the city, you need to prepare some documents and get approval from the administration of the city and the Ministry of Economics of Tatarstan, but in return the residents receive a special tax plan, developed business infrastructure, access to a high-quality human resources, and a client-oriented city administration.

Shtab. A residence of creative industries

Shtab (Russian for Command Center) is an anti-cafe with a fierce name that was created only one and a half year ago, and has already become an attraction for professionals in art: architectures, photographers, actors, designers. Shtab is not only an office center for creative people, but a place where exhibitions, lectures, seminars, master-classes, theatrical shows and many other events are held.

 

1001 delights

Nowadays it’s hard to imagine a business trip without a cultural program, especially if it’s an entertaining corporate tour. Kazan has something to offer for those who want to get out from the usual route of airport – hotel – meeting room. After all, Tatarstan is the land of 1001 delights. Anything can be found here: UNESCO sights, museums, Volga cruises, walks on carefully maintained historic roads, and master classes on Tatar cuisine . Although the main thing that makes people come here again and again is the authentic atmosphere and the feeling of wealth and vigor, that appears only at places where people are really hospitable and the city is not dividing its people into locals and tourists.

Looking into the future

Right now Kazan is getting ready for the 2017 Confederations Cup and 2018[АЕ2]  FIFA World Cup. Additionally, by 2017, a new exhibition center Kazan-Expo will be built; it will be the biggest in the Volga region; it’s going to be the primary venue for holding big exhibitions and business events. The 2019 WorldSkills Competition will be held here.

Kazan Arena

The Kazan Arena is a Category 4 stadium according to UEFA stadium categories. It’s the home stadium for FC Rubin and a place for various sporting events: the opening and closing ceremonies of the Universiade, a part of the World Aquatics Championships were held here. Additionally, Kazan Arena is a place where business events of different kinds and formats can be held.

 

Are you with us?

More than half a million people are coming to Kazan every year for business and professional purposes. Dozens of events are happening: from small conferences to huge forums and exhibitions for thousands of people: The Kazan International Tourism Forum, the Night of Urban Studies, TedXKazan, the international forum Living Environment: The New Standard. The list goes on, but it would be even better if you add your own event into it.