St. Petersburg was presented at IMEX 2019 International Exhibition of the Event Industry in Frankfurt (Germany). Specialists of Convention Bureau and the City Tourist Information Bureau of Saint Petersburg Committee for Tourism Development alongside with 10 leading operators of the event industry of Northern capital of Russia took part in the collective stand of St. Petersburg.
The exposition of St. Petersburg was designed to present the city as a potential venue for major events. Petersburg has a great experience in organizing business events of various sizes and offers a large selection of congress and exhibition venues with a highly developed infrastructure.
Representatives of the largest companies and international associations showed great interest in cooperation with operators of the event industry of St. Petersburg. Negotiations were held at the stand with members of the MPI Association (International Association of Professional Meetings) to discuss arrangements for holding training webinars for specialists from the congress and exhibition industry of Petersburg.
During the exhibition, a business meeting was held with experts from the international project GDS-Index (Global Sustainability Index of Destinations)
St. Petersburg has been part of the GDS-Index since 2018 in order to improve the position of the city as a business direction through the introduction of sustainable development practices. Representatives of the GDS-Index are actively assisting the Convention Bureau of Saint-Petersburg Committee for Tourism Development in creating a strategy for sustainable development of the city, which will be finalized in August 2019.
Also, within the framework of IMEX Frankfurt, a series of open presentations of St. Petersburg, as one of the largest, dynamically developing cultural, business and tourist centers of Russia and Europe, took place. Special attention was paid to the upcoming events that the city will hold in the near future.
One of them is the 2020 European Championship. Four of Euro 2020 matches will be held in St. Petersburg, including the quarter-final. Visitors of the stand were able to find out how the city is preparing for the biggest international football tournament in Europe, which places special demands on the host city because of its tourist appeal and fame.
IMEX is the global trade fair for incentive travel, meetings and events. It takes place annually in Frankfurt am Main and is a meeting place for various international exhibitors. Event organisers, event agencies, tourism offices, congress offices, conference and exhibition centres, cruise companies, airlines, hotel chains, wellness resorts, association management, incentive travel providers or in-house event planners - everyone will find the right offer at IMEX and can find out about future events, the latest event locations, current legislation and state-of-the-art event technologies. This creates countless opportunities for networking.
More than 3,500 suppliers from every sector of the worldwide meetings industry come together in IMEX 2019. The exhibition was visited by about 5000 specialists in the field of business tourism.