Sergey Korneev, chairman of the city committee for tourism development, noted that the tourist flow decreased, among other things, due to the closure of borders and the massive cancellation of forums and business events
St. Petersburg this year due to the coronavirus pandemic and restrictions were visited by 70% fewer tourists than last year. This was announced by the chairman of the city committee for tourism development Sergei Korneev.
“We said then [a few months ago] that we could probably lose 70% of the tourist turnover and, unfortunately, these forecasts are confirmed taking into account the second wave of the pandemic. I will remind you that last year there were 10.5 million guests in our the city “, – he said on the air of the TV channel” St. Petersburg “, answering the question of the presenter.
He added that St. Petersburg has lost tourists due to the closure of borders, as well as due to the massive cancellation of various forums and business events, which significantly affect the occupancy of hotels in the city. “Of course, the pandemic has made global changes in the tourism industry,” said the chairman of the committee.
At the same time, he noted that St. Petersburg this year has become the center of domestic tourism. “We were able to win back about 20% through domestic tourism,” said Korneev, noting that many residents of Moscow, the Moscow region, the southern regions of Russia, as well as from cities of the Siberian Federal District came to the city.
This year, St. Petersburg received the prestigious international award World Travel Awards, considered the “Oscar” in the field of tourism, in the category “Leading Cultural Destination of the World 2020”. The city managed to bypass such competitors as Paris, London, Rome, Venice, Sydney, New York, Kyoto, Rio de Janeiro, Beijing.