ExpoForum Supports the Creation of a St Petersburg Convention Bureau
Today, ExpoForum representatives took part in a meeting of the Senator Club that was dedicated to St Petersburg's tourism potential. One of the meeting's results was the decision for business and government to join forces in the framework of a newly created Convention Bureau that will promote the city on the international events market.
The business newspaper, Delevoi Petersburg, organised a round table, and participants included Alexei Chichkanov, chairman of the City Investment and Strategic Projects Committee; Marianna Ordzhonikidze, head of tourism at the City Investment and Strategic Projects Committee; Nikolai Burov, director of the St Isaac's Cathedral Museum; Olga Taratynova, director of the Tsarskoe Selo State Museum; Alexandr Kolyakin, general director of the State Peter and Paul Fortress Museum; Victor Evtukhova, a senator from St Petersburg; and others.
The development of business tourism, especially St. Petersburg as a convention and exhibition centre, was one of the topics discussed. Everyone agreed that it's necessary to join forces to develop this tourism segment. Creating a Convention Bureau is the optimal vehicle to unite the private and state sectors, and financing for this non-commercial organisation will be split evenly by the two.
Anatoly Erkulov, ExpoForum general director, said that, ``We are ready to join the Convention Bureau as soon as it is created, and we will be active members. To best promote the new convention and exhibition venue, it's necessary to also promote St. Petersburg. We are already doing this, and we will be happy if others join us''.
St. Petersburg was named the most comfortable Russian city for the quality of living, according to a rating conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit.
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