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02 March 2011

PETERSBURG IS CREATING NEW SERVICES FOR TOURISTS

To increase the number of tourists Petersburg authorities are planning to run a «guest card of St. Petersburg», issue reminders for tourists, and also organize a special contact-center for visitors. Traveling to St. Petersburg is a considerable and very stable source of income for the city.  Average length of stay in St. Petersburg is three to five days for 58% of visitors.

Thus, foreign tourists are leaving in St. Petersburg up to $ 1.5 billion a year. Since St. Since Petersburg is competing to attract tourists from big European cities, city authorities have to adopt proven technology from those cities. One of them is the program «map of the guest of St. Petersburg.»  It was launched in test mode in November 2010, its final launch is scheduled for 1 May 2011.

The program was created by analogy with existing programs  in major European tourist centers such as London, Paris, Barcelona, Venice. Buying a special card for a certain number of days, the tourist will get the opportunity to visit museums, theaters, as well as take advantage of all modes of public transport. CurrentlyCurr Currently the card entitles you to one visit to the Russian Museum, the Savior on Spilled Blood, St. Isaac's Cathedral, Peter and Paul Fortress and a sightseeing tour by bus «City Tour». By early May, a visit to Petrodvorets and Pushkin museums will be included in the program.

28 February 2011

SOCHI OLYMPICS WILL HAVE THREE MASCOTS!!!

Leopard, Polar Bear and Bunny officially proclaimed mascots of the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi in 2014 following the results of an all-Russian SMS-voting which finished on Saturday.

The winners were announced at an evening 115-minute TV show.

The leopard received 28% of the votes, 18% and 16% voted for the polar bear and the hare, respectively.

Fire Boy and Snowflake were selected mascots for the Paralympics.

24 February 2011

YEAR OF RUSSIA IN SPAIN AND SPAIN IN RUSSIA WILL START WITH THE PRADO EXPOSITION IN HERMITAGE

Official opening of the Year of Spain in Russia will take place in St. Petersburg in the presence of royals and will be marked by an opening of exhibition of the National Museum of the Prado in the Hermitage.  It is expected that the opening ceremony will take place in the presence of His Majesty the King of Spain Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia

The Russian National Library will host an exhibition of Spanish political posters, other events in the cultural sphere will be held in other places. The most important economic event will be participation of representative Spanish delegation headed by Prime Minister Jose Luis Zapatero in the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

It is important to note that Spain is one of the major trading partners of St. Petersburg.  Only last year the foreign trade volume grew by 20%. However, the potential for mutual cooperation is not used in full, and undoubtedly, the Year of Russia in Spain and the Year of Spain in Russia will be a powerful stimulus for further development of Russian-Spanish relations.

The further development of tourism will be beneficial for the economy of Spanish and the economy of St. Petersburg.  The significant role in increasing mutual tourist traffic will play a new passenger terminal at Pulkovo airport.

22 February 2011

SITE GERMANY

SITE GERMANY

08  March 2011

GERMANY, BERLIN

You can meet with Alexander Rodionov, CMP   in Berlin at  pre-ITB networking event.

22 February 2011

ITB BERLIN

http://www1.messe-berlin.de/vip8_1/website/Internet/Internet/www.itb-berlin/englisch/index.html

09/03/11 – 13/03/11

GERMANY, BERLIN

You can meet with Alexander Rodionov, CMP   in Berlin at  PAVILION 2.1B STAND #113, stand shared with  ST. PETERSBURG OFFICIAL CITY TOURIST INFORMATION CENTER.

17 February 2011

JUBILEE WIDE MASLENITSA (PANCAKE WEEK) – WILL TAKE PLACE ON VASILIEVSKY DESCENT IN MOSCOW FOR THE 10TH TIME

Wide Maslenitsa on Vasilevsky descent is becoming popular even outside of Moscow region, becoming the largest all-Russian event. Moscow Maslenitsa Carnival is officially registered in the Catalogue of the most famous international festivals and holidays in Europe and in the world.

The celebration of Maslenitsa is one of the oldest Russian tradition.  This holiday is no less colorful than any of the world famous carnivals. The main events of this year's 10th Maslenitsa Carnival   will be held from 4 to 6 March. All these days on Vasilevsky descent all guests will enjoy the principal symbol of Maslenitsa — pancakes with a variety of fillings: meat, fish, eggs, cheese, buckwheat, and buy holiday souvenirs. Jubilee status of this year’s event  implies interesting entertainment program. Thus, it is planned that the video conferences will take place with various Russian cities and other cities around the world, who celebrate this popular festival. There will be video sharing between Vasilevsky descent and Trafalgar Square in London,organizers of the festival in the UK capital have invited Russian famous Olympic champions and stars of Russian show business.

According to an old Russian tradition the Maslenitsa Carnival ends on Sunday with the celebration of so called ‘’forgiveness Sunday’’ (right after Maslenitsa long days of Easter Lent begin). On last day of Carnival, March 6, first Pancake Folk Festival will be held on main stage of Russian capital. Folklore groups from 12 regions of Russia will attend the festival.  Celebrations will be  finished with fireworks and performances of Russian pop stars.

16 February 2011

SUMMER GARDEN IN ST. PETERSBURG WILL BE OPENED AFTER RENOVATION IN MAY 2012

Restoration of the Summer Garden in St Petersburg is half completed. Production contract for the work ends in December 2011 and in May 2012 restored garden will be opened for the first visitors. Currently restoration of the fountains is taking place in the garden, Poultry-yard with a dovecote and a small gallery has been already organized, moreover a household yard has been erected.

 This spring, work on sculptures and pedestals restoration will be fully completed.  Russian museum also aims to restore the Summer Palace and the house of Peter the First.  However, the funding arrangements are yet to be planned.  If the funds will be allocated, then the historical buildings can be restored by 2015.

Summer Garden is one of the major attraction of St. Petersburg.  

14 February 2011

REZIDOR ANNOUNCES THE PARK INN NIZHNY NOVGOROD IN RUSSIA

The Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the fastest growing hotel companies worldwide, announces new Park Inn by Radisson properties in co-operation with Regional Hotel Chain (RHC), one of Rezidor’s most important development partners in Russia. The Park Inn Nizhny Novgorod will feature 150 rooms and is scheduled to open in 2013.

Besides 150 modern and comfortable guest rooms, the Park Inn Nizhny Novgorod will offer an all-day restaurant, a lobby bar, and meeting rooms. The hotel will enjoy an excellent location in the centre of Nizhny Novgorod overlooking the Oka River. Nizhny Novgorod is Russia’s fourth largest city and is situated 400 km northeast of Moscow. While it has a strong industrial and commercial demand base, thanks to a picturesque city center and numerous historical monuments it is also a major domestic tourism destination (but still lacking internationally branded hotel rooms).

10 February 2011

THE SHORTLIST FOR SOCHI- 2014 MASCOT WAS TIED

Shortlist of mascots for the 2014 Sochi Olympic and Paralympic Games were presented to the public in the beginning of the week. The 13 characters, including dolphin, polar and brown bears, leopard, snowflake and bullfinch, were chosen by a special commission among 24,000 candidates.

The mascot will encompass a range of features characteristic of Russia, and at the same time be intelligible to people of every age, profession and nationality.

Most of the mascots are wearing winter sports gear.

Final vote to select the winners will take place on February 26.

The chosen mascot will live a virtual life which Internet users will be able to follow online. It will also be possible to communicate with it.

08 February 2011

FIRST STAGE OF "MOSKVA" HOTEL RECONSTRUCTION TO BE FINISHED BY FALL OF 2011

Parking and a shopping arcade in the hotel «Moscow» located in the heart of Moscow, will be put into operation in the autumn of 2011.  Completion of these facilities will indicate that the first phase of construction work is finished. On 20th of December 2010 Hotel «Moscow» was 75 years old.  This facility, which received the status of «first proletarian hotel for a thousand places,» was built in 1935.  In 2003, the hotel was closed for reconstruction, the goal was to increase total area of the hotel from 98 thousand to 185.5 thousand square meters.

The deadline of the reconstruction project was repeatedly postponed. Originally it was planned that hotel will be commissioned in late 2007, then its opening was postponed until the end of 2008, and later — in December 2010.  The Moscow authorities expect to complete the reconstruction of the hotel in 2012.

07 February 2011

A PRIVATE MUSEUM OF RUSSIAN ICONS OPENED IN MOSCOW

The new museum, created by an entrepreneur, philanthropist and art collector Michael Abramov, is located at Pottery street, Building 3, near the metro station Taganskaya. The museum's collection has about 4000 monuments of Old Russian and Eastern Christian art, including about 600 icons.  Previously, a collection of the Museum of Russian Icons partially exposed in the business center «Vereiskaya Plaza (since 2006), as well as in exhibitions at the Tretyakov Gallery (2008), the Pushkin Museum (2009) and in other museums both in Russia and abroad.  

The total area of the museum is 2500 square meters. The most valuable exhibits include the icon of the Odigitrii Virgin performed by Simon Ushakov, the icon of St. Nicholas of Myra dated back to XIV century and the Greek iconostasis dated back to XVII century.   

The museum is open daily, except Wednesdays, from 11:00 to 19:00.

03 February 2011

OFFICIAL CITY PORTAL VISIT-PETERSBURG.RU & TSAR EVENTS DMC & PCO ARE PARTNERS

Official City Portal Visit-Petersburg.Ru and TSAR EVENTS DMC & PCO have

signed contract for mutual cooperation focused on promotion and developing

St. Petersburg  as congress and incentive tourism  destination.

http://www.visit-petersburg.com/?page=event_full_view&id=1083 

02 February 2011

OPENING A DIRECT FERRY SERVICE BETWEEN STOCKHOLM AND ST. PETERSBURG WILL INCREASE TOURIST FLOW

Opening in April of this year, the direct ferry service between St. Petersburg and Stockholm will increase the tourist flow from Sweden to Russia by 15-25% compared to 2010. Ferry round trips will be carried out twice a week, the number of arrivals of Russians in Sweden and Swedes in Russia will increase markedly.

It is predicted that first 70% of the ferry passengers will be the Russians, however by the end of the year, according to forecasts, the share of Swedish passengers will increase from 30 to 50%. The Swedes will be more active to visit Russia as tourists.

01 February 2011

IN 2013, AEROEXPRESS IN ST.PETERSBURG SHOULD RUN BETWEEN THE BALTIC RAILWAY STATION AND THE AIRPORT "PULKOVO".

In two year’s time, it will become much easier to get to Pulkovo airport.  St. Petersburg authorities plan to implement at once two large-scale projects — a light metro from the Moscow railway station and launch of Aeroexpress from the Baltic railway station. Principle decision on the establishment of railway communication between the latter and the airport has been taken.

 As reported by the Committee on Investments and Strategic  Projects the travel time from the Baltic railway to the station «Pulkovo» will take from 18 to 20 minutes, and the interval between trains will be 15 minutes.

The connection between Pulkovo and the Baltic Railway Station will be direct and nonstop.  At the same time, most likely, bus shelters at the airport will be united  both for the Railways project, and for light metro rail, which will lead from the Moscow railway station to the airport and will be commissioned before the end of 2013.  

31 January 2011

New 5 star Hotel and new stadium in Moscow!

New 5 star Hotel and new stadium in Moscow!

New 5 star Hotel will be opened near new football stadium in Moscow.  The construction of new stadium «VTB Arena Park» will start at the end of 2011. Stadium capacity will be 33 000 seats, additionally the construction can be modified with total capacity up to 45 000 seats. Stadium will be a part of a huge multifunctional complex with total area of 32 ha. Complex will include apartments, flats, 5 star hotel, offices, conference halls, restaurants and shopping malls.  The total project cost is $ 1.5 billion.

27 January 2011

COMPANY PROFILE AVAILABLE ON TSAR EVENTS WEBSITE

COMPANY PROFILE AVAILABLE ON TSAR EVENTS WEBSITE

You can download our Company Profile from our website http://tsar-events.com/ebrochure/ 

26 January 2011

NEW FINNISH VISA CENTER TO OPEN IN ST.PETERSBURG

NEW FINNISH VISA CENTER TO OPEN IN ST.PETERSBURG

The Finnish Consulate is to open a new visa center in St. Petersburg on February 11.

The new center will enable Russians to apply for Finnish visas without standing in long lines, according to the General Consulate of Finland. The visa-processing office will be located in the center of the city, in the Olympic Plaza shopping center at Ulitsa Stremyannaya 21/5.

The center will have 83 service counters staffed by more than 200 employees. The consulate itself will not however reduce its staff, because the center will only take over the technical function of receiving and giving out documents. The decision-making will remain the responsibility of the consulate.

The number of visa applications at the Finnish Consulate in St. Petersburg grows every year. In 2010 it reviewed almost 750,000 applications. At the new visa center, the waiting time will be no more than 15 minutes, according to the consulate.

20 January 2011

TWITTERING MUSEUM

TWITTERING MUSEUM

The State Museum at Pavlovsk has opened a Twitter account to share its news, such as messages about new exhibitions, changes in existing expositions, concerts and festivals, the museum’s press service announced this week.

The museum will also keep readers informed about restoration work in the museum, the museum said.

News about the Pavlovsk park-and-palace ensemble can be found at twitter.com/pavlovskmuseum

The museum already has accounts on FaceBook and LiveJournal.

18 January 2011

SKY EXPRESS CANCELS FUEL SURCHARGE

SKY EXPRESS CANCELS FUEL SURCHARGE

Discounter company SkyExpress has cancelled fuel surcharge on route Moscow — St. Petersburg. Unfortunately, this cancellation didn't led to depreciation of tickets. All the price is included into fare.

It is not clear, why fuel surcharges weren't cancelled on other company's routes: they look incredibly, because fuel surcharge in some cases is even more than fare itself. Unfortunately, advertising of fares without charges is not yet prohibited in Russia. However, such air carriers as Aeroflot, Russia and Siberia (S7 Airlines) have already cancelled so-called «fuel surcharge» on St. Petersburg route.

17 January 2011

RUSSIA TO REOPEN SPACE TOURISM IN 2013

RUSSIA TO REOPEN SPACE TOURISM IN 2013

Good news everyone! Space Adventures Ltd. said it agreed with Russia to expand flight opportunities starting in 2013. Three seats for flights to ISS will become available after Russia adds a fifth Soyuz spacecraft to the current four per year.

From 2013, three space tourists per year will be able to book seats on Soyuz flights to the International Space Station (ISS), the Virginia-based company, Space Adventures, said in a statement.

The last space tourist was the Canadian Guy Laliberte, the billionaire founder of Cirque du Soleil, who returned to Earth in October 2009 after an 11-day flight.

The first space tourist, Denis Tito, travelled to the ISS in 2001. All together, seven space tourists have taken part in missions.

Laliberte did not reveal the cost of his ticket, but his predecessor, US software pioneer Charles Simonyi, paid $35 million for his trip.

14 January 2011

New Complex “European Embankment” in the center of St. Petersburg will be opened by 2015!

New Complex “European Embankment” in the center of St. Petersburg will be opened by 2015!

«European Embankment» in fact is a block city (or even a district) which will probably be built on the territory of former chemical industrial zone.  Common subject for the past years and it is good to remove factories out of city and build houses and offices there. Location of the central figure is unique: center of St.Petersburg, right between the Petropavlovaskaya fortress and Strelka. Dvortsovaya embankment is well seen from here, and the site fits the very picturesque view. That is not the only unique feature of the project: territory of the future mixed-use complex is very large – 9,3ha. It is very large for center in a historical city, especially in Petersburg. And the moreover, the investors claim they are going to have finished the project by 2016. So the «embankment» is the largest «real» project in the city at that moment.

Real State Council of the city proclames that by 2015 year complex will open the following projects: Dance Palace (24 000 sq. meters),Hotel (20 000 sq. meters) and Shopping Mall. Moreover the contest on the project of the main part of the complex –is theatre of modern ballet of Boris Eyfman.  

Looking forwar to see this project in 2015!

13 January 2011

Astoria St Petersburg has now a new manager

Astoria St Petersburg has now a new manager

Famous hotel of St. Petersburg has a new manager. Rocco Forte Collection hotel chain has officially announced the appointment of Walter Neumann as general manager of the Astoria hotel in St Petersburg.

Walter Neumann was appointed as general manager of Astoria after resignation from the post of the chief operating director of Travel Charme Hotels & Resorts. Walter Neumann is well acquainted with the peculiarities of the hotel market of St. Petersburg. For three years he headed the room management department in the Grand Hotel Europe, and then took part in the opening of the Clarion North Crown hotel as an assistant director. Then Walter held the position of head of marketing and sales of the Chesma International Tours & Business Travel.

In his new position, Walter Neumann will manage the work of one of the most luxurious and elegant hotels in St. Petersburg, where in each of the 210 rooms are successfully combined classic Russian style and modern design.
Being the attraction of St. Petersburg for nearly 100 years, Astoria has received many famous guests. The hotel is conveniently located in the heart of St. Petersburg on Isaakievskaya Square, so from the windows of many rooms open spectacular views of the majestic St. Isaac's Cathedral, Hermitage, the Mariinsky Opera and Ballet Theater, as well as other historical and cultural monuments of the city located in close proximity.

The Rocco Forte Collection, founded by Sir Rocco Forte in 1996, includes Astoria hotel in St. Petersburg, Brown's Hotel in London, Hotel Amigo in Brussels, Hotel de Russie in Rome, Hotel Savoy in Florence, The Balmoral in Edinburgh, The Lowry Hotel in Manchester, Villa Kennedy in Frankfurt am Main, Hotel de Rome in Berlin, Le Richemond in Geneva, The Charles Hotel in Munich, The Augustine in Prague and the resort of Verdura Golf & Spa Resort in Sicily.

11 January 2011

New St. Petersburg Zoo Will Be Designed by French Architects

The city’s new zoo will be built to designs drawn up by French architects on six islands in St. Petersburg’s Yuntolovo district in the Primorsky district, with each island symbolizing a different part of world. The French architectural studio Beckman-N’Thepe Architects won the international contest for the construction of the new zoo in St. Petersburg.

The Frenchmen proposed turning the territory designated for the zoo into an archipelago of six islands with the help of six canals. Each island will present the plant and animal kingdoms of all six continents. The cost of the French plan is estimated at $395 million and is particularly attractive due to the phased implementation its construction.

The idea of moving the Leningrad Zoo to the Yuntolovo district first arose in 1992. The new zoo will be located on a territory of about 300 hectares.

14 December 2010

Stars Turn Out for Charity Concert

A galaxy of Hollywood and other international movie stars including Sharon Stone, Kevin Costner, Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel, Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell and Mickey Rourke have attended a major charity concert in support of Russian children with cancer and serious ophthalmology problems in St. Petersburg on Friday.

Paul Anka, an American and Canadian pop and rock-n-roll singer who came to take part in the concert, said it was very important to collect money for cancer research and prevention.

Rourke said he always remembered how his friend who was dying from a brain tumor had told him about visiting children who suffered from the same illness.

Stone and Rourke on Thursday went to visit young cancer patients in the city’s hospitals.

Friday’s charity event, which was not open to the public, aimed to unite the efforts of the authorities, business and society in finding additional new sources to support Russian children with cancer and serious ophthalmological diseases.

It is being organized by the Federation innovation and charity fund headed by Vladimir Kiselyov, head of the once popular pop band Zemlyane. The program will feature performances by children, as well as by some of the stars.

The concert, was held at St. Petersburg’s Ice Palace, and was attended by Russian and foreign political and business elite, leading doctors and famous people who have been affected by cancer.

13 December 2010

2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia!

Russia has won the race to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup. After evaluating the competing bids in Zurich on Thursday 2 December 2010, the 22 members of the FIFA Executive Committee chose Russia as host nation for the tournament in eight years’ time.

Games will be held in thirteen different Russian cities — some of the biggest, the most famous, and the most historic. Russia's plan for construction works and improved facilities in host cities fits FIFA's long-term plans of developing the sport, especially in regions with outdated infrastructure.

Russia already has experience in hosting major football events, most notably the rain-drenched 2008 Champions League final between Manchester United and Chelsea and the 1999 UEFA Cup final.

Putin's promise to scrap visas for visitors was of crucial importance as nationals of almost all countries outside the former Soviet Union require visas to visit Russia.

We highly wellcome you to Russia FIFA 2018!!!

01 November 2010

GREEN KEY Eco-Rating Program in Russia: First hotels have got certificates

Recently 5 hotels   (Park Inn Pribaltiyskaya, Radisson Royal, Park Inn Nevskiy, Park Inn Pulkovskaya and Radisson Sonya)  in St. Petersburg from Rezidor Hotel Group have received International Ecological Certificate  »The Green Key». The Green Key is a worldwide available eco-label awarded to leisure organizations, as hotels, conference- and holiday centers and etc. To obtain The Green Key the company has to fulfill a list of environmental requirements.  Besides environmental demands (by example to control the production of waste and the use of water, electricity, etc.), the criteria include demands on policy, action plans, education and communication.

All Rezidor Hotels in St. Petersburg use energy-saving lamps, in order to decrease water consumption hotels installed special aerators in the rooms. Cleaning products are used only if they have eco-stamp and eco-certificated. All rooms have cart-readers which automatically switch off the light in the room after guest left the room in order to save electricity and etc. All above is aimed to improve ecological situation in the city.

19 October 2010

Tsar Events DMC & PCO will participate in EIBTM 2010 in Barcelona 30/12 - 02/12 on Stand # i 550

You can meet with Alexander Rodionov and his colleagues and learn all news about Russian Destinations (Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi), discuss trends in MICE industry and know more about services provided by TSAR EVENTS DMC & PCO.

10 October 2010

New high-speed train between St. Petersburg and Helsinki

New high-speed train between St. Petersburg and Helsinki

A new high-speed train will start plying between St. Petersburg and Helsinki on December 12th. The new express, to be launched under the name ‘Allegro’, will run at a speed of 220 kilometers per hour and cover the distance between St. Petersburg and Helsinki in 3,5 hours. There will be four Allegro trains in either direction per day. The Allegro trains are produced by the French company ‘Alstom’ on orders from Russian Railways.

20 August 2010

15th St. Petersburg International Model United Nation

Tsar Events DMC & PCO has been chosen as official partner for organizing 15th St. Petersburg International Model United Nations Conference that will take place in St. Petersburg 20—23 March 2011.

More detail at www.spimun.com or http://tsar-events.ru/spimun/