Business Programme of Travel Hub Forum in St. Petersburg

03 September 2019

On September 11 and 12, 2019, the second travel forum St. Petersburg Travel Hub will be held on the site of UNWTO 23rd General Assembly. The forum will become a meeting place for tourism community leaders and will bring together participants from 57 regions of Russia.

Within the frameworks of the Saint Petersburg Travel Hub business programme, more than 10 discussion sessions and round tables are planned in the current industry development directions. Experts will pay special attention to promoting the tourism opportunities of the country, the medical and health tourism development, international cooperation in the humanitarian field, the sustainable development of regions as tourist destinations and other issues.

In 2019, the Saint Petersburg Travel Hub runs in parallel with the main programme of the 23rd session of General Assembly of the UN World Tourism Organization, the largest event for the global tourism industry. More than 1,500 delegates from 158 countries will attend the venues of the Assembly to discuss the solution of global challenges facing the tourism sector. The event is organized by the Federal Tourism Agency of the Russian Federation together with the St. Petersburg Government, the operator of the event is the Roscongress Foundation.

St. Petersburg Travel Hub, business programme, September 11:

  • 7:30 am - 8:30 am. Business breakfast with the participation of the heads of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation;
  • 9:30 am - 10:30 am. ExpoForum. Participation of the heads of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation in the Official Opening Ceremony of the 23rd session of the General Assembly of the World Tourism Organization UNWTO;
  • 10:45 am - 1:00 pm. ExpoForum. Participation of the heads of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation in the first plenary meeting of the 23rd session of UNWTO General Assembly;
  • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm. ExpoForum. Plenary session on the topic: ‘Improving regulatory standards in the field of tourism’;
  • 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm. ExpoForum. Passage, stand of St. Petersburg. The opening ceremony of the Saint Petersburg Travel Hub exhibition;
  • 4:00 pm - 16:00 pm. ExpoForum.  Panel discussion on the theme: ‘Development of medical and health tourism’ (G 25-27), Discussion session on the theme: ‘Business events: Role in promoting the tourism opportunities of the country’ (G 22-24).

St. Petersburg Travel Hub, business programme, September 12:

  • 09:00 am - 10:45 am. ExpoForum. Discussion session on the theme: ‘International cooperation in the humanitarian sphere: a driver for the development of tourism through cross-cultural dialogue: new formats and projects’ (large hall G 22-24), Discussion session on the topic: ‘MICE industry as a driver for the development of territories’ (G 25-27);
  • 11:00 am - 12:45 pm. ExpoForum. Panel discussion of the St. Petersburg Committee for Tourism Development. Digitalization of tourism services: “Industry 4.0.” (G 22-24), Round table on the theme: ‘Sustainable the development of regions as a tourist destination’ (small hall G 25-27);
  • 1:00 pm – 2:45 pm. ExpoForum. Panel discussion on the theme: ‘Development of a comfortable urban environment’ (G 22-24), Panel discussion on the theme: ‘Transport in tourism’ (G 25-27);
  • 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm. ExpoForum. Discussion session: ‘World experience in the development of off-season tourism as a key factor in the formation of tourist destinations in the climatic, social and economic conditions’ (large hall G 22-24), Panel session on theme: ‘Tourism and tourism services export: changing, maintaining the best’ (Small Hall G 25-27).