St. Petersburg Committee for tourism development held a meeting of the working group on the selection of ambassadors of Saint Petersburg. In all, out of 17 candidates 13 representatives of various spheres such as science, sports, medicine, culture and education were selected.
Among them is Denis Zaslavsky, a member of the Management Board of V.M. Tarnowsky St. Petersburg Society of Dermatovenereologists, Ekaterina Artyushkina, director General of the St. Petersburg State Budgetary Cultural Institution «Petersburg Concert», Vladimir Shamakhov director of North-West Institute of Management – branch of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration.
Ambassadors are professionals who are renowned in their field (higher education, science, medicine or economics) and are active members of national or international associations, institutions and bodies. The Program was initiated and developed in 2018 by the Convention Bureau. It stands to mention, that the Northern Capital became the first city in Russia to launch this strategically significant program.
There are currently 22 leading academic, medical and business leaders who work closely with the Bureau and Saint Petersburg Committee for tourism development to attract and host national and international conferences and events in the city, and also play a fundamental role in adding to the destination's reputation and ranking.
As of today, Convention bureau and the Committee, together with the acting ambassadors, have already submitted 20 applications and attracted 13 rotating congress and exhibition events – 3 had been held, the rest will take place in the period from 2021 to 2028. As a result, around 19 thousand delegates will visit the city and their spending would significantly stimulate the local economy and bring more than 2.4 billion rubles into the primary budget of St. Petersburg.
2021 is scheduled to host such major events as:
- The global space exploration conference GLEX 2021. Ambassador – Sergey Krikalev, the Executive Director of Piloted Space Flights at the ROSCOSMOS State Space Corporation, will bring together leaders and decision-makers within the science and human exploration community – engineers, scientists, entrepreneurs, educators, agency representatives and policy makers. The leaders in the field will converge in St. Petersburg to discuss recent results, current challenges and innovative solutions and it will contain several opportunities to learn about how space exploration investments provide benefits as well as discuss how those benefits can be increased through thoughtful planning and cooperation.
- The World Society of Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgeons (WSCTS), Ambassador – Peter Yablonsky, President of the Association of Thoracic Surgeons of Russia Director of Saint-Petersburg scientific Research Institute of Phthisiopulmonology Chief surgeon of the Healthcare Committee of St. Petersburg Govermnement Chief specialist of Thoracal surgery of the Ministry of Health of Russin Federation.
- The International Conference on Speech and Computer, SPECOM, Ambassador – Alexey Karpov, head of the Speech and Multimodal Interfaces Laboratory of St. Petersburg Institute for Informatics and Automation of the Russian Academy of Sciences.