t. Petersburg is considered to be the cultural capital of Russia.
St. Petersburg plays a significant role in Russian history and culture of 18th-20th centuries being a place where many world-known musicians, painters, singers, writers, actors, architects and scientists lived and worked.
It is rightfully considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world, with its historic area being a UNESCO’s World Heritage site.
St. Petersburg is not only a highly acclaimed tourist centre, but also a rapidly developing metropolis, being a largest transportation hub in the North-West of Russia, which stimulates the development of economic ties and growth of its industrial capacity.
Its favourable location makes St. Petersburg an important global transportation and commercial centre. Every day, international automobile, air, railroad and maritime transportation go through the city. This boosts the development of economic ties and the growth of its industrial potential: energy industry, heavy engineering, automobile industry, pharmaceutics as well as Information and Communication Technologies cluster are the most actively developing industries.
In the last years and at present, large scale investment city infrastructure development projects have been and are being carried out.
The city’s rich scientific and cultural potential create the unique atmosphere of the city. St. Petersburg is dignified of carrying an honorary title of an “open-air museum”. The city has hundreds of museums, palaces, theatres, monuments, gardens, fountains, and permanent and temporary exhibitions.
St. Petersburg is also a recognised business tourism centre. Every year, the city hosts business events of global importance including G8 Summit, G20 Summit, St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, Russia-ASEAN Business Forum and many others. The significance of the city as of Europe’s convention centre has increased since the opening of a new convention and exhibition centre EXPOFORUM, a top-level venue hosting events of diverse scale.