The 23rd session of the UNWTO General Assembly will be held in St. Petersburg from September 9 to 13.
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is the United Nations specialized agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism. It is the leading international organization in the field of tourism, which promotes tourism as a driver of economic growth, inclusive development and environmental sustainability and offers leadership and support to the sector in advancing knowledge and tourism policies worldwide.
St. Petersburg actively cooperates with the World Tourism Organization. During the 22nd session of the UNWTO General Assembly, which is the highest governing body of the organization, the candidacy of St. Petersburg was supported by an absolute majority of the member countries of the tourism organization. It was decided that the 23rd session would be held for the first time in the Russian Federation, in St. Petersburg, from September 9 to 13.
GA summits are held every two years, taking delegates from all over the world. The General Assembly is considered to be the most important and large-scale meeting of senior officials responsible for tourism development in national governments and senior representatives of the private sector. 158 foreign ministers, up to 2 thousand delegates, will arrive in the city on the Neva River to attend the event.
The holding of the UNWTO General Assembly in St. Petersburg will become a significant incentive for shaping the image of the city as a key international communication platform, which will have a positive effect on the tourism industry development not only in the Northern Capital but also in the whole country.