The Russian resort city of Sochi has long been a popular holiday destination for Russian tourists. It’s also home to a variety of conference venues and attractions, and makes a great destination for business travellers.

About Sochi

Located on the Black Sea in southern Russia and known as the Pearl of the Black Sea, Sochi attracts over 4 million tourists every year.

That figure is set to increase in 2014, as Sochi becomes the destination for the Winter Olympics 2014. Billions of dollars have been invested in Sochi in preparation for the 2014 Winter Olympics. 11 new venues have been built for the athletes, set in 2 distinct ‘clusters’ – the Mountain Cluster and Coastal Cluster.

The city is home to Sochi International Airport, which is a quick flight from Moscow. It has a good public transport system of buses, and the Sochi Light Metro system which launches for the Winter Olympics. Private taxi hire, car rental and plenty of walking and cycle routes in the city mean it’s easy to get around.

Sochi Business

This enormous Olympic development has meant a vast range of new business has come to Sochi. Contracts have arisen to cover all aspects of the games, from environmental planning to engineering, event management to security.

The Radisson Blu Congress Centre in Sochi sports a huge Premier Hall for conferences, as well as smaller meeting rooms and event halls.

Another Sochi hotel, The Grand Hotel Zhemchuzhina, often hosts conferences in its exhibition centre of 7,000sq km.

Sochi trade shows on a variety of topics, such as tourism and construction, are organised by ‘Soud – Sochi Exhibitions’ throughout the year. Another company who specialise in organising business exhibitions, forums and conferences in Sochi are the exhibition company ‘Sochi-Expo’.

Upcoming business events in Sochi include the International B2B Forex Forum 2014. Forex and Stock Exchange industry professionals will attend this event to discuss industry trends and strengthen connections. The International B2B Forex Forum takes place from August 20 to 23 2014 at the Radisson Lazurnaya Hotel.

The Sochi International Investment Forum is held annually in the city in autumn, and provides a platform for economic debate in Russia. The most recent International Investment Forum Sochi took place in September 2013 in the Bolshoy Ice Dome, part of the new Olympic cluster.

What To See In Sochi

If you are going on a business trip to Sochi, there are plenty of attractions in the city that will help you unwind and get to know this Russian hotspot better.

Sochi is rightly proud of the architecture of its elegant central Railway station, designed by Alexei Dushkin, and it’s worth a trip to see. The Park Inn by Radisson Sochi City Centre is conveniently located near the Sochi railway station, as well as many other Sochi attractions.

For a gentle and relaxing afternoon in Sochi, head to the Sochi arboretum, the Dendrary Botanical Garden. Here, visitors can see amazing views on a cable car ride and then have a pleasant stroll through hundreds of varieties of trees and plants.

One of the oldest cultural venues in Sochi is the Sochi City Museum (Museum of History of Sochi) which was opened in 1920. The museum looks at natural history, archaeology and social history, and has a special exhibition on ‘Cosmonauts in Sochi’.

For further insights into local culture, make time to browse collections of Russian and Soviet art as well as temporary exhibitions in the classical Art Museum. Visit the Cathedral of St. Michael the Archangel, the Black Sea region’s first Orthodox Church.

Finally, unwind after a meeting with a trip to the long Sochi coastline on the Black Sea and relax on one of its popular beaches. If you’re feeling adventurous, you could even try booking in to a short cruise around the area.

The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics from 07 to 23 February 2014 will be a major draw for visitors to the city. If you are visiting Sochi for business during Russia’s first hotly anticipated Winter Olympics, you can look forward to a great atmosphere in the city.

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