The vice governor Saint Petersburg Maksim Sokolov introduced the new head of the city’s committee for tourism development. Sergei Korneev, who previously worked as Deputy head of the Federal Agency for tourism, was appointed on this position.
At the beginning of the meeting, the Vice-Governor thanked Yevgeny Pankevich for his efficient work and granted a diploma on behalf of the Governor of Saint Petersburg. Yevgeny Pankevich was also awarded a certificate of Honor from the head of the Federal Agency for tourism.
Introducing the newly appointed head of the Committee, the Vice-Governor noted that Sergey is well known in St. Petersburg, and has been working in the tourism sector for almost a quarter of a century.
"As Deputy head of Rostourism, Sergei Evgenievich oversaw key areas of the Agency, including promotion of Russia as an attractive tourist destination for international tourists. Today, a lot of work is required in order to restore tourism and the indicators of tourist flow that we have achieved. And now the Committee, as the headquarters of the tourism industry in St. Petersburg, must work in an operational mode, immediately responding to all the signals of the industry representatives. Tourism plays an important role in our economy, so it is necessary to do everything possible to get through this difficult period as quickly as possible. Currently, the epidemiological situation in St. Petersburg remains unstable and prevents the tourist season launch, but this does not mean that it will not happen at all. Together with representatives of the industry, we are working on the necessary steps that will be implemented as soon as the situation stabilizes, " Maxim Sokolov said.
Sergei Korneev thanked the Vice-Governor and addressed the Committee's staff:
"Saint Petersburg is often called the tourist capital of Russia and, of course, it should remain so. People who visit us admire the city and what it has to offer. This is the purpose of tourism – to bring new impressions and give guests knowledge combined with pleasant memories. here are several important issues on the agenda. Among them is the restart of the city's tourism industry, and the return of guests to the city, while making it as safe as possible and not forgetting about the strategic and ambitious goals for further development. For this purpose, the cooperation with the Federal structures is highly important. I am confident that together we will achieve those goals the Governor of Saint Petersburg sets for us."