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Saint Petersburg Tourism Forum

12 — 14 October
Hall 7, Lenexpo Exhibition Complex, St.Petersburg, Russia
13 — 15 October
Hall 7, Lenexpo Exhibition Complex, St.Petersburg, Russia
8 — 10 October
Hall 7, Lenexpo Exhibition Complex, Saint Petersburg, Russia
    Saint Petersburg Tourism Forum

    Saint Petersburg Tourism Forum

    12 September — 13 September 2019

    1st Edition held in: 2000

    St.Petersburg, EXPOFORUM, pavilion H


    In 2018 was held as Saint Petersburg Travel HUB Forum and organized by the Saint Petersburg Committee for Tourism Development

    Saint Petersburg Travel HUB Forum was held for the first time in partnership with the 26th INWETEX-CIS Travel Market 2018 in Saint Petersburg on October 11-12. The event organized by the Saint Petersburg Committee for Tourism Development proved itself a highly efficient site for the dialog and cooperation between the authorities, tourism and hotel business professionals, Russian and international industry experts.

    Saint Petersburg Travel HUB Forum’s busy agenda started with the plenary meeting “Tourism. Development trends, realities, experience. Focus on Saint Petersburg” moderated by Nika Strizhak, famous journalist and documentary filmmaker. Chairman of the Saint Petersburg Committee for Tourism Development Evgeny Pankevich spoke on the priorities and plans for the tourism development in the Northern capital. Positions of the legislative and executive authorities on current issues of the tourism industry were presented by Igor Fomin and Sergey Korneev.

    Prashant Chaudhari and Harmeek Singh, Heads of Visit Russia offices, shared their view of St. Petersburg as an attractive tourist destination for tourists from India and the Middle East countries. Christopher Hinteregger, General Director of PKF tourism experts, described how tourist destinations may succeed in the total digital transformation era. Head of LOC Russia 2018 Dmitry Schneider shared his experience of preparation and staging of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ which laid the groundwork for even more successful staging of tourist attracting sports events in Russia. The World Cup as the country’s branding component case was analyzed by Pavel Rodkin, Assistant Professor at the NRU HSE School of Integrated Communications, destinations branding expert.

    Many of the topics discussed at the plenary meeting had their following up at the further events of the Saint Petersburg Travel HUB — discussions, subpanels and round tables. Hospitality industry transformation and the need for investments in quality were discussed at the Saint Petersburg Hotel Forum. As had been expected “Chinese tourist flow as a challenge and “expert” for domestic hospitality and tourism industry” round table attracted strong interest of the audience. Similar “Specifics of reception of Hindu, Israeli, Middle East and Chinese tourists” master class was also efficient. Another St. Petersburg’s priority domestic incoming tourism branch was not disregarded: industry professionals and governing bodies representatives discussed the new self-regulation initiatives and organized children travel business public image at the “Children tourism in Russia-2018: Hopes and Fears” conference.

    On the second day of the Trade Fair and Travel Forum strong interest of the participants was attracted by the “Digital in tourism” conference dedicated to the best industry practices in the field of SMM, business automation and even blockchain technologies application possibilities. This topic was brought up by Artem Koltsov, Head of the Digital Economy and Blockchain Technologies Review Board of the State Duma Committee on Economic Policy, Industry, Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

    During the specialized round table the professionals from various regions of Russia discussed in detail the experience of the cooperation in the preparation of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. The conferences on medical tourism and tourism diversity in Saint Petersburg were evaluated by the participants as efficient and eventful.