Taking into consideration the exceptional importance of developing a sustainable and environmentally responsible meetings and events industry Saint Petersburg Convention Bureau has developed Saint Petersburg Convention bureau Sustainability policy.
The document is based on the 17 UN SDGs, Saint Petersburg’s Strategy for Social and Economic Development until 2035, Saint Petersburg’s State Program «The Development of Tourism Industry in Saint Petersburg» and principles of partnership with GDS-Movement.
Among the core objectives:
- raise awareness of local tourism community, including venues, hotels and tourism services suppliers, about the UN Sustainable Development Goals and ways to increase the city’s sustainability performance within the GDS-Movement’s benchmarking system;
- launch a communicative platform for industry stakeholders to provide assistance on ecological and social issues and create a room for joint initiatives in the field of sustainability;
- develop new tourist routes embracing emerging sites of interest and foster industrial, ecological, scientific, gastronomic, marine and other dimensions of tourism to avoid excessive load on the main sites of tourist attractions;
- promote sustainability standards and create incentives for hotels, venues and restaurants to implement eco-friendly and sustainable practices.