The tourist potential of St. Petersburg was presented to journalists from Finland

02 October 2019

A business meeting of representatives of the tourism industry of St. Petersburg with a delegation from Finland was held at the City Tourist Information Bureau.

Representatives of the city's museums made a presentation for the Finnish guests.

Finland is our closest neighbour. The number of inhabitants of the whole country is approximately equal to the number of inhabitants of St. Petersburg.

The northern capital attracts Finns with the richness of its cultural life, the historical heritage of the city. Our neighbors are interested in everything, so the Finns find something to do in St. Petersburg. In turn, Petersburgers also like to visit Finland, enjoy its nature and study cultural features.

According to statistics, in the first half of 2019, 40.9 thousand Finnish tourists visited the northern capital, which is 8.5% more than in the same period in 2018.

A significant increase in the tourist flow from Finland is facilitated by the Allegro high-speed train, as well as visa-free cruises that allow you to visit the city within 72 hours.

Recall that since October 1, the regime of electronic visas has been launched in St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region, and Finland has become one of the 53 countries whose citizens can apply for them. According to the representative of the delegation, the Finns usually spend their weekends traveling, most often visiting Stockholm and Tallinn, and with the introduction of a simplified visa regime, the city on the Neva may become one of the most popular destinations for a weekend getaway.

In January 2019, an agreement was signed at the Matka Travel Fair to open a Visit-Petersburg information office in Helsinki. The opening of the office is planned for the end of this year. Also at the exhibition there was a presentation of a new joint project of St. Petersburg and the border towns of Finland "Tourist Corridor St. Petersburg-Saima", within which tourists will have the opportunity to visit two regions at once.

The project was developed in 2017 by SPb GBU «GTIB» together with the tourism offices of the cities of the Saimaa region. This project is supposed to be implemented within the framework of the Cross-Border Cooperation Program “European Neighborhood Instrument (ENI PPP) “South-Eastern Finland – Russia” 2014–2020.

The participants of the project are:  SPb GBU «GTIB» , the tourist information center of the Leningrad region and the tourism offices of the cities of Savonlinna, Imatra, Lappeenranta, Mikkeli.

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The delegation from Finland included: Juha Peltonen - journalist of one of the largest magazines in the HoReCa industry; Kirsti Sergejeff is a journalist for the main travel media in Finland, Rantapallo, covering the hotel, cultural, gastronomic components of travel around the world; Kaisa Paavilainen is a journalist for the City.fi publication, which publishes news about the gastronomic life of cities in Finland and around the world; Kouros Alexis Ray Ulysses is the editor-in-chief of the largest Finnish daily newspaper and online portal in English Helsinki Times; Wif Stenger is a journalist for Yle Broadcasting Company and Jazz Journal, the oldest English-language art magazine; Virtanen Tiina Marjukka is a journalist for Valitut Palat, a large-circulation Finnish lifestyle, travel and culture magazine; Mirva Saukkola is the editor-in-chief of Antiikki & Design, the largest magazine about art, architecture and culture; Marianne Rovio is a journalist for the largest urban news publication in Turku, publishing news about Finland and the world "Aamuset"; Ulla Miettunen - journalist of the information agency "Kuriren"; Raitala Liisa Kristiina is a journalist for the popular Finnish travel, fashion and lifestyle magazine Gloria.

Journalists will describe their impressions of their visit to St. Petersburg in Finnish publications during the month.