Visit St. Petersburg recently hosted a two-city roadshow in Mumbai and Delhi.
The first roadshow was held on September 7, 2022, at The Lalit Mumbai Hotel, followed by Delhi on September 8 at the Taj Palace. The roadshow in Mumbai brought together a delegation of nine leading DMCs and hotels of Russia’s St. Petersburg and 98 travel professionals from Mumbai and the one in the capital had more than 100 travel professionals attending from the NCR region.
At the Mumbai event, H.E. Alexey Surovtsev, Consul General, Russian Federation, Mumbai, in his special welcome speech said, “I am happy to welcome all of you at the first event of Roadshow in the year of the 75th anniversary of Russia and India’s diplomatic relations! Today, in these constantly changing times, we value true partnerships, and India is one of its major partners for Russia. So, let’s develop our close ties also in tourism exchange. Indian travellers are as warmly welcome now as they have been before.” He also outlined the special connections between the cities of St. Petersburg and Mumbai.
Julia Aryaeva, Cultural Secretary of the Embassy of Russian Federation, India, during her speech at the Delhi event said, “In the year of the 75th anniversary of Russia and India’s diplomatic relations, we value our partnership with India. We hope to develop our close ties now in the tourism exchange. Indian travellers are warmly welcome to Russia.”
Prashant Chaudhary, Managing Director, Salvia Promoters, the official partner of Visit Saint Petersburg in India further elaborated, “This year marks 55 years of relations between sister cities Mumbai and Saint Petersburg. We are aiming to promote St. Petersburg as a year-round destination in the Indian market as its worth exploring its beautiful winter season. St. Petersburg offers to be an ideal destination not just for MICE, family groups and leisure travellers but also for India’s ever-growing wedding destination market and film shoots.”
St. Petersburg roadshow in Indian cities was held before the international tourism exhibitions OTM and BLTM to maintain and renew ties with the tourism industry in Delhi and Mumbai. St. Petersburg is open and ready to welcome Indian tourists, with direct flights to Russia and payment mechanisms both for travel professionals and tourists. There is a plan to open direct flights to St. Petersburg.
In addition to tour operators from St. Petersburg, officials are planning to take part in the presentation – representatives of the Embassy and Consular department of the Russian Federation in India. The series of events of the Committee for Tourism Development of St. Petersburg in September-November this year included the promotion of the city as a tourist destination in the markets of India, Vietnam, the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia.
The events of the roadshow in India are organized by the Committee for Tourism Development of Saint Petersburg and the St. Petersburg state budgetary institution, the City Tourist Information Bureau. This bureau was established in the spring of 2000 as the first City tourist information center in Russia and now runs 8 offices and info points across the city in hot tourist spots and Pulkovo International Airport.