St. Petersburg is one of three cities of federal importance in Russia, its leading administrative, economic, tourist, scientific and educational center. The city deservedly bears the title of “the Cultural capital of Russia”. In St. Petersburg, there are 4,213 objects of cultural heritage, which is almost 10 % of all protected monuments on the territory of Russia, and more than 1,000 research and scientific institutions. The historical center of the city and its unique palace-and-park ensembles are included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites (about 4,000 sites of attraction).
Saint Petersburg is famous throughout the world for its outstanding cultural values, rich historic heritage, inexhaustible intellectual and spiritual potential, and considered to be one of the most important Russian cities of science and education possessing all required facilities for an international meeting. Incidentally, the city claimed the title of the World’s Leading Cultural City Destination 6 years in a row, the World’s Leading City Destination in 2017 and 2021, the Europe’s Leading Heritage Destination in 2018 and 2021. In 2021, Saint Petersburg is proud to be called the Europe’s Leading City Break Destination, the program St. Petersburg’s Hospitality/Safe Travels/New Tourist Geography – the World’s Leading Marketing Campaign winning major awards created by «World Travel Awards».
Saint Petersburg is one of the leading business tourism destinations. Every year the city hosts more than 150 forums and congresses, many of them are of a global scale: Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum, Russian International Energy Forum, Saint Petersburg Cultural Forum.
Therefore, the city’s infrastructure meets international standards and is able to provide a wide range of high-quality tourism services.