St. Petersburg and Mumbai celebrate the 50th Anniversary of sister-city tie-up

As distinct as they are, St. Petersburg, the cultural capital of Russia, and Mumbai, India’s financial capital, recently celebrated the 50th Anniversary of sister-city status this month as “Days of St. Petersburg in Mumbai” from December 10-12.

The two cities had entered into the sister-city pact that seeks to establish closer trade, cultural and tourism and people to people ties way back in 1967 when St. Petersburg was still known as Leningrad and Mumbai as Bombay.

Promoting St. Petersburg as a tourist destination for Mumbaikars was high on the agenda of the visiting St. Petersburg delegates as the two sides also engaged in a roundtable discussion on tourism opportunities attended by the Consul General office of Russian Federation in Mumbai, Administration of City of St. Petersburg, Visit St. Petersburg’s India representative – Salvia Promoters, Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai and Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation, amongst others.

Coinciding with the 50th Anniversary of the sister-city status in 2017, St. Petersburg recently announced the opening of Visit St. Petersburg’s, official tourism agency mandated with marketing and promoting St. Petersburg as a tourism destination, office in India earlier this year appointing Salvia Promoters as its India representative.

According to Andrey Mushkarev, Chairman-Committee of Tourism Development, St. Petersburg, “As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the sister-city status that our two cities, St. Petersburg and Mumbai, entered in 1967, we see that there is ever greater need today to further our friendship and understanding as well as tourism and cultural ties between our two great cities. We are particularly keen to reinvigorate the spirit that the sister-city status intends to forge through tourism.”

Like Mumbai or Delhi, St. Petersburg is very rich in history and heritage and is one of the greatest global travel destinations, added Prashant Chaudhary, Managing Director, Salvia Promoters.