Meeting of the State Hermitage
Director and President of the Museum Union of Russia Mikhail Piotrovsky
On 24 March, 2009 a meeting was held between of the State Hermitage director
and president of the Museum Union of Russia Mikhail Piotrovsky
Taking into account the cordial business relations between the State Hermitage and the Russian Union of Tourist Industry, as well as the museum's own investment into developing the tourist industry in St. Petersburg, the State Hermitage decided to keep the last year's prices for tourist organisations working with foreign tourists until 1 August. In 2008 the agreed entrance fee for tourist companies was 350 roubles, and the companies that brought more than 10,000 tourists to the museum and actively participated in special programmes the price was set at 320 roubles.
The parties agreed that the joint work of the museum and tourist
companies should be reviewed not annually but every quarter,
as was stated in the previous
In conclusion Mikhail Piotrovsky remarked, "The State Hermitage hopes that this gesture will help both parties to overcome the crisis in the tourist industry. We have to wait until August to see if it works."