On Monday, April 5, a meeting was held between representatives of the State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan for Tourism Development and the Committee for Tourism Development of St. Petersburg. Large Russian and Uzbek travel companies and tour operators were invited to the event.
The meeting was attended by a representative of the Consulate General of the Republic of Uzbekistan in St. Petersburg Alisher Babaev, a representative of the State Committee and the tourism industry of the Republic of Uzbekistan Utkir Saidov, a representative of the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry Yekaterina Lebedeva, a representative of the Committee for External Relations of St. Petersburg Yevgeny Kassyura, and also representative of the Committee for the Development of Tourism of St. Petersburg Yulia Zaykova and Deputy Director General of the St. Petersburg State Budgetary Institution "City Tourist Information Bureau" for excursion activities Svetlana Yurieva.
“In 2019, the number of tourists from Uzbekistan registered at the border points of St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region was over 640 thousand people,” says Svetlana Yurieva. - The Republic of Uzbekistan is one of the key states in Central Asia. It has a favorable geographic location, diverse natural resources, rich demographic potential and a fairly developed economy, and we are glad that our cooperation is growing stronger every year. "
The Deputy Director of GTIB reminded foreign partners that St. Petersburg was the first city in Russia to join the SafeTravels international program to ensure safe tourism. As part of the program, tourist sites are marked with a special SafeTravels SPB sign. This informs tourists that the services of this or that company meet the requirements of sanitary and hygienic norms and safety standards.
“For more than half a year, tourist flows have been almost completely stopped due to the pandemic. But we are waiting for the opening of the borders and are working so that after the restoration of air traffic our city will again become one of the most visited in Russia and in the world, ”Yuryeva emphasized.
Earlier, in December 2020, an online meeting of representatives of the tourist community of Uzbekistan and St. Petersburg was held. Then the parties also discussed issues of developing cooperation in the field of tourism. More than 35 participants took part in the meeting. A similar event took place in 2019.