Major international events, more than a million business tourists, Ambassadors program — St. Petersburg is preparing to spend 2020 under the auspices of business tourism.
«Currently, business tourism is among the priority areas for the development of the tourism sector of St. Petersburg. At the end of 2019, there was a 26 percent increase in the number of congress and exhibition events, compared to last year. This year, we expect the number of business tourists and travelers who come to St. Petersburg for various congresses and business events to grow by 20 percent», said Yevgeny Pankevich, the Chairman of the Saint Petersburg Committee for Tourism Development.
In 2019, Petersburg hosted major international events and held them at the highest level. For the first time, the 23rd session of the General Assembly of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) was held in the Northern capital: more than 2,000 industry representatives from 138 countries v to the city.
The activation of business tourism is the result of an increase in the number of events, as well as a variety of Congress and exhibition venues. Today, there are 199 venues in St. Petersburg, including 110 congress hotels and 10 convention and exhibition complexes.
One of the largest events of 2020, which will be held in St. Petersburg from July 29 to August 1, the main event for chefs across the globe – the Worldchefs Congress & Expo. For four days, about 2 thousand guests from 110 countries will visit the city for and take part in various competitions, tastings and master classes of the best chefs.
Also this year, the city will host the Conference of International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media (Cumulus), which attracts about 400 foreign experts to exchange experience and knowledge about design trends.
In order to effectively attract international business events to St. Petersburg, the «Ambassadors» program has been in effect since 2018. St. Petersburg was the first to start implementing this promising and yet unique program for Russia. In 2019, thanks to the work of the ambassadors, 6 international business events were attracted with a total number of delegates – 6,750 people. Four of them will be held in 2020:
- All-Russian Conference with international participation «Nursing Now-Russia». The conference will bring together more than 700 representatives of the European office of the World Health Organization, the International Council of Nurses, and the European Steering Committee.
- Global Space Exploration Conference — GLEX-2020, which was brought in with the active assistance of Sergey Krikalev, a cosmonaut, a hero of Russia and the Soviet Union, executive director for manned space programs of Roskosmos. The event will bring together specialists of the space industry, scientists, engineers, business representatives and authorities. The conference includes a youth day, a plenary session, more than 40 parallel thematic sessions, and a specialized exhibition.
- The 30th Congress of the WSCTS — World Society of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeons 2020. It is expected that the upcoming Congress will attract more than a thousand of highly professional cardiac surgeons from 60 countries to St. Petersburg.
- The 22nd INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SPEECH AND COMPUTER SPECOM 2020 which will bring together more than 700 experts from all over the world: researchers, linguists and engineers working in the field of speech Sciences, speech technology, natural language processing, human-computer interaction.
In addition, in 2020, Saint Petersburg will host the third travel forum Saint Petersburg Travel Hub. As part of the event, the first Saint Petersburg Travel Hub CIS (Community of Independent States) will be held on the site of the Tauride Palace.
In 2019, the forum was attended by 800 representatives of the industry, public authorities and experts. 33 regions of Russia demonstrated their tourism potential at the exhibition. Taking into account the positive feedback from the participants and the high level of the event, it is planned that Travel Hub will be integrated into a number of international events and will begin to gather not only regional