Georgy Poltavchenko: The G20 Summit is a step forward in promoting the image of St.Petersburg
St.Petersburg Governor Georgy Poltavchenko spoke about the city's preparations for the Leaders' Meeting at a briefing held at the G20 Summit's International Media Centre. He focused on measures taken by the St.Petersburg Government to create a comfortable environment for Summit participants.
"We've done a lot to minimize inconveniences to St.Petersburg residents related to the G20 Summit," Georgy Poltavchenko said. He also spoke about the costs to the city involved in preparing for the event: "No additional funds have been allocated, since all the funds were included in the St.Petersburg budget early on."
In addition, the Governor shared the results of opinion polls conducted among St.Petersburg residents with regard to the G20 Summit. "All surveys show that hosting the G20 Summit in St.Petersburg has always been supported by at least 40%, whereas the number of those opposed to the idea never exceeded 8%," he said.
In his remarks, Georgy Poltavchenko said that such major international events are beneficial to St.Petersburg. After the celebrations of St.Petersburg's 300th anniversary, the flow of tourist to the city increased by over 13%. After the G8 Summit, it increased by another 8%.
"We expect this Summit to have a similarly positive effect, because it's a major political and economic event," Georgy Poltavchenko said.
"We see the Summit as an important step forward in promoting the image of St.Petersburg as a global city," he said.