Russian cultural capital Saint Petersburg will host the 23rd General Assembly of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation.
The event will take place in 2019 and follows the successful hosting the 22nd event in Chengdu, China, this month.
The holding of the General Assembly in Saint Petersburg will be a celebration for the country, not just the city, the organisers said.
Andrey Muskarev, the chairman of Committee for Tourism Development, commented: “This victory means recognition of the Saint Petersburg tourism industry by world leaders as a city that is able to become a centre not only of cultural but also of business tourism.
“The city authorities have done a great deal of work to bring this event to Saint Petersburg, and I can say with certainty that this is a well-deserved victory.”
The city will host the World Travel Awards Europe Gala Ceremony on September 29th.