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July 17   Haussmann   16:30 - 17:30   |   Creativity, Investments

Capital of Impressions. Events as a Driver of Urban Economy

Excitement and new experiences are the ultimate lure for choosing a travel destination or even a place to settle. In contention for tourists and high-skilled professionals city administrations invest in maintaining a lively and creative atmosphere in the city. For that they organise a wide range of urban events. Large urban events are a popular attraction for tourists and a boost to the global brand of the city. Moscow’s events calendar has evolved significantly in recent years. Sports competitions, major exhibitions, forums, music concerts and live shows are more sought-after than ever. An IT-conference WebSummit attracts roughly 60,000 guests annually and a music festival Sziget bring together over 350,000 people. A favourite among the citizens is the city-wide year-round festival programme that pulls in crowds of both Muscovites and tourists. In 2016, Moscow welcomed 17.5 million visitors, and in 2018, the number of visitors is expected to hit 21 million.  

  • How do cities create experiences? 
  • In what way do large cultural and sports events transform the cities? 
  • How can we create events that are associated with the city and the national culture? 
  • What are the benefits that urban business – hotels, restaurants, creative industries – get from organising and sponsoring events? 

Moderator

Alexandr Chernov
Vice President for External Communications, Skolkovo Foundation

Speakers

Natalia Sergunina
Moscow Deputy Mayor
Nicolas Boutin
Partner and Managing director, Global Head of Tourism practice, BCG
Rui Moreira
Mayor of Porto, Portugal
Vadim Prasov
CEO, LLC «Alliance Hotel Management»
Miguel Sanfeliu
Commercial and Marketing Director, Socarrat Studio

First Row Experts

Boris Zarkov
Owner of "White Rabbit Family"
Ilya Kusnirovich
Organizer of Bosco Fresh Fest Festival