Despite the United States' refusal to send its official delegation to the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum-2014, U.S. tourists still gladly visit this city, U.S. Consul General in Russia's northern capital Bruce Turner wrote on its LiveJournal page.
"Even if no American government officials participated in this year's May 22-24 St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, this does not mean that Americans have stopped traveling to Russia for other reasons. The cruise ship season has already started, allowing many to take advantage of not needing a visa for a three-day visit," the consul general said.
Turner's entry on the blog was posted under the title Americans Still Coming.
It was reported that chief executives of a number of U.S. and European companies refused to attend the St. Petersburg forum this year. In particular, the updated list of attendees did not include Boeing President Dennis Muilenburg and Enel chief Fulvio Conti. Germany's E.ON CEO Johannes Teyssen followed suit.
Other businessmen who refused to travel to St. Petersburg included Goldman Sachs chief Lloyd Blankfein, Morgan Stanley's James Gorman and Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser.
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