Tourism as an Influence on the Image, Socio-Economic Development, and Investment Attractivity of a Region
According to St. Petersburg's Social and Economic Development Strategy for the period until 2035, tourism is a priority sector of the economy. Tourism development promotes dynamic job creation, growth of entrepreneurial and investment activity, development of service and hospitality infrastructure. Ultimately, it improves population's quality of life and creates a surge in international cooperation. The tourism industry is a leading job multiplier, providing income to more than 500,000 residents of St. Petersburg. Despite the difficult previous period for the tourism industry, St. Petersburg does not cease to win worldwide recognition and maintain a leading position among the tourist destinations of Russia. The city is working on new routes for Russian and international tourists, continuing to successfully implement programmes to increase the flow of tourists and increase the region's appeal. What are the new opportunities for tourism development under the current conditions? How to maximize the economic and investment potential of domestic and inbound tourism? What is the role of a successful tourism brand for increasing tourist flows? What is the role of interregional projects in socio-economic development of regions?
Veronika Strizhak, Head and Presenter of the Glavnoye Programme, Channel Five
Igor Bailen, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of the Philippines to the Russian Federation
Sergey Voronkov, General Director, ExpoForum International; President, Russian Union of Exhibitions & Fairs
Roman Golovanov, Chairman, Committee for Investment of Saint Petersburg
Andrey Yermak, Minister of Culture and Tourism of the Kaliningrad region
Julia Kislova, Director, Market Guide Agency
Sergey Korneev, Chairman, Saint Petersburg Committee for Tourism Development
Marika Korotaeva, Co-Organizer, Project "Land of Forts"
Elena Lysenkova, Deputy Head, Federal Agency for Tourism
Olesya Oleinikova, Deputy Head of the Committee on Convention Activities, The Russian Union of Tourism Industry; Development Director, Profi.travel
Alexander Potekhin, Chairman, Association of the Mass Media of the Northwest; Director, Regional Information Center "TASS North-West"
Ekaterina Pronicheva, Chairperson, Moscow Tourism Committee
Elena Rakova, First Deputy Head of the Passenger Transportation Department, Russian Railways
Leonid Sergeev, Chief Executive Officer, Northern Capital Gateway
Lyubov Sovershaeva, Deputy Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Central Federal District
Prashant Chaudhary, Managing Director, Salvia Promoters Pvt Ltd.
Harmeek Singh Chugh, Founder, Owner, Plan B Group; Chairman, Visit St. Petersburg Middle East