Business program of the BRICS Tourism Forum

Event ended in 21 June 2024 of the year

The Forum is aimed at strengthening ties between BRICS member-states by discussing the most relevant issues in the field of tourism in modern realities, including the restoration of international tourist flows, the use of innovative technologies and digitalization of the tourism sector, as well as the introduction of environmental standards.

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participants attended the First Tourism Forum BRICS


foreign delegates


companies from 10 countries


corporate customers from India


official delegations of the BRICS countries


business meetings in b2b format


agreements between countries were signed within the framework of the forum

Plenary session «New realities: prospects for tourism cooperation between the BRICS countries»

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Business program of the Forum:

21 June

11:00 - 12:30

Business session « How to impress those who have already seen everything? Innovations in tourism»

| Ballroom | Tourism sector is gradually changing, tourists are looking for new experiences and are becoming more demanding. What are the ways to impress those who, it would seem, have already seen everything? What new entities and approaches in tourism can raise the travel industry of the BRICS countries to a new level and ensure interest from even the most experienced travelers?


Yuliya Maksutova

Director, Center of International Tourism Development, Center for Strategic Research 

Nikolai Saveliev

Founder, Poseidon Expeditions 

Rishabh Sethi

Expert analyst of International relations & BRICS / President, Indian Centre for Promotion of International Initiatives 

Ma Weizhong

Deputy Director-General, Bureau of Culture, Broadcasting, Television & Tourism, Huzhou Municipal Government (China) 

Yuliya Skoromolova

Director, Association of Tourist Aggregators 

Timofey Kononenko

Strategy Director, "Tourism.RF" Corporation 


Mayya Lomidze

Executive Director, Association of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR) 

13:00 - 14:30

Plenary session «New realities: prospects for tourism cooperation between the BRICS countries»

| Ballroom | In an era of pandemic and changing political landscapes, many countries are trending towards domestic tourism, while the links between countries in the context of tourist flows have weakened considerably. But is this really the case? Will international tourism regain its pre-pandemic position or is limited international tourism the new sustainable reality for the BRICS countries?


Maxim Reshetnikov

Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation 

Sergey Ryabkov

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Sherpa of Russia in BRICS (online) 

Dmitry Yadrov

Head of the Federal Air Transport Agency 

Evgeny Kozlov

First Deputy Head of the Office of the Mayor and the Government of Moscow, Chairman of Moscow City Tourism Committee 

Nasise Chali

Minister of Tourism of Ethiopia 

Celso Sabino De Oliveira

Minister of Tourism of Brazil 

Zhang Zheng

Vice Minister of Culture and Tourism of the People’s Republic of China 

Amr El-Kady

CEO of the Egyptian General Authority for Tourism Promotion, Ministry of Tourism 


Sangadzhi Tarbaev

Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Tourism and Tourism Infrastructure Development 

15:30 - 16:30

Business session «Synergy of cities and the tourism industry: development driver»

| Ballroom | The leisure and hospitality industry is becoming one of the key drivers of economic growth and urban development. The tourism industry provides a powerful driver for the development of urban economies and the creation of new jobs. The cities themselves are interested in the same process, creating the necessary conditions and infrastructure for the industry. How are urban development processes changing the tourism industry and vice versa? How is the digitalization of the leisure and hospitality industry taking place and how does it affect cities?


Evgeny Kozlov

First Deputy Head of the Office of the Mayor and the Government of Moscow, Chairman of Moscow City Tourism Committee 

Alexander Eliseev

Chairman of the Tourism Committee of the Murmansk Region 

Sergey Ivanov

Chairman of the State Committee on Tourism of the Republic of Tatarstan (online) 

Darya Kochetkova

Managing Director Ostrovok 

Jagdeep Bhagat

CEO, Vee Bee Tours & Travels and President, Tourism India Alliance 

Reza Maleki

Commercial Director of Etours Russia (Iran) 

Wang Rui

Head of the National Tourism Office of China in Moscow 


Vadim Kovalev

Chairman of the Civil Society Development Commission of the Public Chamber of Moscow 

15:30 - 16:30

Business session «Sustainable tourism: How it changes travel industry?»

| St Petersburg Hall | Tourism and the hospitality industry are a making great impact on the development of Russian regions today. It is important that the development of tourism correlates with interests of locals, contributes to the development of regional business, with benefits for solving environmental and social problems of the territory and involving consumers of tourist products in provident thinking.


Pavel Smelov

General Director, Center for Strategic Research 

Sergey Khvorostyanyy

Deputy General Director for International Relations and Tourism, Rosa Khutor Mountain Resort 

Rustam Tapaev

Deputy General Director, "Kavkaz.RF" 

Devanir Cavalcante de Lima

President of the BRICS+ Brazil institute, Sub-secretary of culture of the city of Guarulhos, Business Director - Prefference Travel 

Shen Chunxiao

Deputy Minister of Publicity of CPC Huzhou Municipal Committee, Director of Civilization Office of Huzhou Municipal Government (China) 

Christopher Konstantinidi

Advisor to the Minister of Economic Development of Russia, Director of the Research Institute of Economics and Management of Sustainable Tourism Development, Sochi State University, Chairman of the Committee for Sustainable Tourism of the CIS Business Center, Expert of the RAS, Doctor of Economics 

Daria Matsuk

Director, Roszapovedtsentr 


Vita Saar

Head of the Sustainable Tourism Development Committee, Russian Union of Travel 



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Zarina Babaeva

Project manager for International Foreign Authorities Cooperation Division

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