No Visas for St Petersburg
St. Petersburg Mayor Valentina Matvienko decided to allow all tourists into the city without visas for 72 hours.
If the project is successful, it could be repeated again and extended around Russia.
Sergey Korneev, vice-president of the National Association of Tourism Industry, said the plan was “revolutionary” explaining that “it’s a brilliant decision to support the tourism.”
St. Petersburg will attract about 30 million European tourists a day, spending 150 euro each, which will bring 13,5 million euro total earnings.
Russia already did waive visas in 2008 when Moscow hosted the UEFA Champions League football final in 2008. Instead of visas, fans were able to use their match tickets.