The fund, which is controlled by the St Petersburg Government and the St Petersburg Committee for Tourism Development will be available to socially oriented non-profit organisations, who are stimulating business tourism and events in St Petersburg.
Subvention support will be granted as part of a competitive process, which will reimburse up to 50% of the costs of an event (up to 10 million Roubles). Key criteria to achieve subvention support include:
· Number of international participants
· Event duration
· Event dates
· Potential for domestic and international media reach
· Alignment of the event with the development priorities in the St Petersburg Strategy for Economic and Social Development
Andrey Matsarin, Head of St Petersburg Convention Bureau adds: “St Petersburg has firmly established its presence in the global congress market. Our rich history and cultural offering blend perfectly with top universities, research centres and sector-leading companies to make our city the perfect host for a wide variety of association events. Our accessibility is superb as is our ability to deliver major events – as demonstrated by our work around the FIFA World Cup and the St Petersburg International Economic Forum at Expoforum, which welcomes tens of thousands of delegates to the city each year.”