A meeting of the St. Petersburg delegation with the head of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) took place in Madrid

21 May 2021

On May 20, the St. Petersburg delegation, headed by the Chairman of the Saint Petersburg Committee for Tourism Development, Sergey Korneev visited the UNWTO headquarters.


A business meeting with Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary-General of the UNWTO, took place on the sidelines of the FITUR exhibition.

The main topic of the meeting was the preparation for the opening of the International Centre of Tourism Competence in St. Petersburg under the auspices of the UNWTO. The statement on the establishment of the Center was made by the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin during the 23rd session of the UNWTO General Assembly in St. Petersburg in September 2019. The initiative is being implemented jointly by the Federal Agency for Tourism, the Government of St. Petersburg and the UNWTO Academy.

The center will give an opportunity to hold training in educational tourism programs in accordance with international standards, as well as professional retraining of personnel in the hospitality industry and advanced training of teachers of tourism programs. The institution is planned to be created in cooperation with the existing St. Petersburg educational institutions of higher and secondary vocational education.

The parties noted the revival of the tourism sector after the pandemic and discussed business opportunities for joint work, in particular, the development of cooperation in the field of medical tourism. Cruise tourism, as well as youth and children's tourism can become important areas of interaction between St. Petersburg and UNWTO. These topics will be included in the program of the upcoming events of the UNWTO, to which St. Petersburg was invited during the meeting: the 66th Meeting of the UNWTO Commission for Europe in Athens, the Forum of Mayors in Portugal, the Conference on Youth and Children's Tourism in Italy, as well as the 24th UNWTO General Assembly in Morocco this October.

The meeting participants also discussed the possibility of organizing events under the auspices of the UN World Tourism Organization in St. Petersburg.

"During the pandemic, the hospitality industry has been actively working: we have created our own exact standards of epidemiological safety, improved the service, developed new proposals. We will be glad to jointly develop the legacy of the UNWTO General Assembly session held in St. Petersburg, including the implementation of projects on cruise, medical, youth and children's tourism, and hold joint events in our city", - commented Sergey Korneev.

For reference. The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is a United Nations specialized intergovernmental agency dedicated to promoting sustainable and universally accessible tourism.

This largest organization in its field aims to strengthen tourism as an engine of economic upturn and promote environmental sustainability, and also supports destinations around the world in their policies in the tourism sector.

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