At the currently running Arabian Travel Market, Russia’s St. Petersburg pavilion is shedding light on the destination’s leisure, MICE, luxury, recreational and health and wellness portfolio.
St. Petersburg is also strongly promoting its new ‘Luxury Russia’ offerings that revolve around the symbolic, historical and cultural aspects of Russia.
‘Luxury Russia’ entails a wide-range of meticulously curated tours and activities, including a bespoke museum premium-hour tour with a personalised guide and experience; gala receptions at the legendary Cruise Aurora shipyard; and visits to the Catharine Palace, which under normal circumstances cannot be accessed by general tourists.
Visitors to St Petersburg can also enjoy unique experiences like setting off a cannon while touring the historic Peter and Paul Fortress and getting a helicopter tour of the presidential palace.
Meanwhile, art connoisseurs can enjoy special showings of museum auction pieces and the opportunity to buy auction masterpieces from world renowned museum collections. Hunting enthusiasts can additionally embark on hunting adventures.
All of the aforementioned experiences are complimented by limousine services and personal tour guides, as well as luxurious suites and helicopter rides.
Deputy general director amd vice head, Saint Petersburg Convention Bureau, Olga Redino commented: “The Middle East is becoming an important part of our tourism business and we understand the need to be present at the Arabian Travel Market. As a leading event in the travel and tourism market, it helps us build our network of partners and associates, more so this year, as we are targeting high-profile travellers from the luxury segment as our research indicates that they contribute quite heavily to the frequency as well as the spending habits while visiting St. Petersburg.”
St. Petersburg has been actively developing tourism over the last few years and was crowned World’s Leading Cultural City Destination 2018, as well as Europe’s Leading Cruise Destination and Europe’s Leading Heritage Destination 2018 by the World Travel Awards.
The city is referred to as the cultural capital of Russia and features over 100 theatres with more than 60 new productions and about 5,000 performances.