From 28th of April to 1st of May 2019, Saint Petersburg was successfully presented at one of the leading, international travel and tourism events - the 26th annual Arabian Travel Market 2019.
The organizer of the stand was the Government of St. Petersburg represented by the Saint Petersburg Committee for Tourism Development and its subordinate institution - Convention Bureau. Present on the stand were also leading destination’s tourism industry stakeholders, from governmental partners to hotels, tour operators and destination companies. The operator of the city at the exhibition was the Visit Petersburg Dubai office opened in November.
During the four-day exhibition, the stand attracted the attention of numerous visitors, including professionals of the tourist market, potential tourists and organizers of international business events. Particular focuses included the cultural heritage of Petersburg, congress and exhibition facilities, key sport centers and the city’s year-round calendar of events.
Among the visitors of the pavilion was Oleg Fomin, the Consul General of the Russian Federation in Dubai and Northern Emirates. He got acquainted with the exposition, met with representatives of St. Petersburg Government and noted innovative equipment and effective design of the exhibition stand.
Additionally, representatives of St. Petersburg met with the Dubai Sports Council to discuss the possibility of cooperation in the framework of providing training camps for athletes from the UAE on the territory of the Northern Capital of Russia, as well as the potential of the city in terms of preparing and holding business events of various formats, and the compliance of the tourist-congress-exhibition infrastructure with high quality standards, which is a determining factor when choosing a destination for organizers of international business events from the UAE.
The delegation of St. Petersburg also paid an official visit to a member of the royal family of the United Arab Emirates, a businessman and philanthropist, His Excellency Suhail Mohammad Al Zarooni. His Excellency showed interested in the cultural heritage of St.Petersburg, the city’s innovations and ways of cooperation with St. Petersburg in all sectors of the economy.
As a quick remainder, in the near future Saint Petersburg will host major business events such as the 23rd General Assembly of the World Tourism Organization, the Cinemposium of the Association of Film Commissions International, World Chefs Congress 2020, the World Energy Congress, the International Mathematical Congress of 2022 and other major events.