Tourist Office Opening in Tokyo is Result of Cross Year of Russia and Japan

24 October 2019

The tourist office of St. Petersburg under the Visit Petersburg brand opened today in Tokyo. St. Petersburg City Tourism Information Bureau under St. Petersburg Committee for Tourism Development and Japan Air Travel Marketing Co., Ltd are the partners of the project. The opening ceremony was attended by representatives of the State Tourism Committee of Japan, Japan Association of Travel Agents, Russian Embassy in Japan, Russian airlines, as well as leading Japanese travel agencies and the media.

'Today we are expanding the network of St. Petersburg information representative offices abroad. The new office will be the point of presence of our city in Japan, and it will have a positive impact on the countries of East Asia in the future. I am sure that the work of the representative office will allow both countries, the cities of St. Petersburg and Tokyo to increase mutual tourist flow and rise of interest in our countries’, said the Chairman of St. Petersburg Committee for Tourism Development Yevgeny Pankevich.

Dash Hada, President of Japan Air Travel Marketing Co., Ltd (JATM), said: ‘Our company, as a Russia-oriented tour operator, has almost 20 years experience of organizing tours to Russia, including direct charter flights from various cities of Japan to St. Petersburg. From this moment, we, as St. Petersburg tourism representatives, will make every effort to disseminate information about the tourism potential of the city in Japan through the Internet, seminar management, workshops, brochure publishing and maps. We are sure that a trip to the beautiful city of St. Petersburg will become one of the most attractive travel directions’.

Over the past five years, the tourist flow from Japan to St. Petersburg has been increasing year after year. Last year, the city was visited by more than 25 thousand Japanese.

The Tokyo office of Visit Petersburg will become the tenth tourist representative office of the Northern capital of Russia in the world. Today Visit Petersburg has offices in Taipei, Hong Kong, Paris, Leipzig, Rimini, Mumbai, New Delhi, Dubai and Tehran.

Japan Air Travel Marketing Co., Ltd more than 15 years works in the tourist services market and receives Russian tourists in Japan, assists at air transportation booking and charter flights ordering, and also provides visa support. Since October 2018, JATM as part of the IAJ group of companies entered the tourist holding ‘T-LifeHoldings’, which is ranked 15th in the rating of tour operators in Japan.