NEW PASSENGER TRAIN TO LINK MOSCOW, BERLIN AND PARIS
A new passenger train shall be introduced by Russia’s Railways, to link Moscow, Berlin and Paris.
The regular train connection between Moscow and Nice, initiated last year, has already proven its relevance. The transport demand is stably high — at peak periods up to 90% - report the Russian railways.
As for the Moscow-Paris route, at present there is only one through-train connecting the Russian and French capitals.
The exact date when the new train connection will be operational is not yet revealed.
NORWAY AND RUSSIA ARE GETTING CLOSER!
From March 27, 2011 the SAS Scandinavian Airlines has started regular flights from Moscow to Oslo with convenient opportunities for further flights from the Norwegian capital to over 40 cities, including Bergen, Stavanger, Trondheim and Narvik. The main demand in this area will be coming from business travelers, the new flights will help them better plan their trips and choose the route according to their taste.
Flights on the route Moscow-Oslo will be operated by Boeing-737. Given that on March 27, 2011 Aeroflot started operating flights from Moscow to Oslo on a daily basis, the total number of flights in this direction will reach 11 per week. SAS flies daily from Moscow to Copenhagen and Stockholm, for a total of — 28 flights a week, 14 of which are made from Terminal D International Airport Sheremetyevo.
Schedule of new flights:
OSLO-MOSCOW: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday departures at 10.00, arriving at 14.20 (local time).
MOSCOW- OSLO: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, departure at 15.15, arriving at 15.50 (local time).
FIRST CLUB HOTEL OPENED IN MOSCOW
World Trade Center has opened a new building of club hotel Crowne Plaza Moscow World Trade Centre, located in close proximity to the Moscow International Business Center «Moscow-City». Club building of Crowne Plaza Moscow WTC hotel comprises 149 premium-class rooms with panoramic views on the Moskva River, a club lounge and a fitness center, restaurants and bars with a modern Russian and European cuisine.
From now this will be one of the main Moscow hotel destinations for big businessmen from around the world.
Basic cost of a standard room per night will range from 27,000 rubles without VAT. The cost of studio rooms — from 50 thousand rubles, and the ambassador's room hotel will cost 120 thousand rubles.
Terminal changes for Air France and Rossiya joint flights in SPb
We would like to draw your attention to the fact, that starting from the 27th of March 2011and till our next announcement, joint Air France flights AF 9715/9714 from St. Petersburg to Paris / from Paris to St. Petersburg operated by Rossiya Airlines will be handled in «Pulkovo-1» airport.
Air France flights AF1153/AF2253 from St.Petersburg to Paris and AF1152/2252 from Paris to St.Petersburg as usual will operate from/to Pulkovo-2 airport.
MOSCOW HOTELS AND RESTAURANTS TO BAN SMOKING
In the near future Moscow is to impose a ban on smoking in all local catering establishments, clubs, as well as in hotels, premises which belong to local authorities. This list, in particular, will include: hotels «National» and «Metropol», restaurant «Don Quixote» and «Lights of Moscow», the club Imperia Lounge, Cafe Mayak and other popular venues. In the case of adoption of this law, these measures will take effect in 2012. The Russian capital has decided to take the path of European countries which are actively introducing a ban on smoking in their establishments. These measures have received a great resonance, for example, in Spain, where employees of the entertainment industry demanded from their local governments to abolish the law or at least mitigate its effects.
As for hotels in Moscow, there are not enough of them, so hardly a smoking ban will affect their occupancy, but the restaurants and cafes may have hard times. Many experts say that catering establishments where smoking will be prohibited will be able to win popularity among residents and visitors who prefer to lead a healthy lifestyle.
In addition to restaurants and hotels, smoking ban would also extend to health facilities, education, culture and sport, government agencies and staircases of residential buildings.
NETWORK OF CAPSULE HOTELS TO BE OPENED IN MOSCOW
The smallest capsule hotel Sleepbox with an area of 3.75 m2, the development of Russian architectural bureau Arch Group, will appear in the near future in Moscow and probably in many European cities.
Russian capsule hotel Sleepbox is a prototype of the invention of the world famous Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa, which was improved and adapted to Russian conditions. Russian capsule hotel will save considerable time for travelers, and give the opportunity to relax prior to their train or plane flight.
The new Russian invention capsule hotel Sleepbox is a mobile box area of 2x1,4 meters, in which there is a place for luggage and a lounger with automatic change of linen. For maximum comfort of travelers, each capsule is equipped with its own ventilation system, portable fridge, built-in TV, outlets for charging mobile devices, as well as wireless internet access.
It is predicted that new capsule hotels will be in demand not only in the areas of maximum traffic flow, such as railway stations and airports, but also in places of high public activity in the vicinity of the exhibition and hotel facilities, public and commercial centers. Minimum capsule hotel rent time will be 15 minutes. The cost will vary.
15th Anniversary St. Petersburg International Model United Nations Conference is almost there
Tsar Events DMC & PCO welcomes delegates from 24 contries arriving to St. Peterburg this weekend to particpate in 15th Anniversary St. Petersburg International Model United Nations Conference — the biggest SPIMUN during it's history.
PARK INN MOSCOW SHEREMETYEVO AIRPORT HAS OPENED NEW FACILITIES
Park Inn Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport has completed the first stage of the rooms renovation and offers its guests 129 new comfortable and stylish rooms that are now in line with international standards of the Park Inn brand.
Renovation of rooms, as well as the facade of the building began in April of last year, after hotel went under management of the The Rezidor Hotel Group (in January 2010). Now 297 modern equipped rooms of different categories from standard rooms to suites are available to guests. All rooms are equipped with satellite television and offers wireless Internet access.
The renovation will also touch upon restaurant and bar that will get a new name — RBG Bar & Grill. It is worth noting that the Park Inn Sheremetyevo Airport has an excellent location in walking distance from Sheremetyevo International Airport. Regular free shuttle corporate minibuses (all in bright style of the Park Inn) bring visitors from the airport (terminals D, E and F) to the hotel.
For the convenience of travelers Park Inn Sheremetyevo Airport offers, in addition to traditional fees, a special day rate fee for travelers who want to stay from 6 to 12 hours. Due to a significant number of early morning flights, breakfast in the hotel is served from 5 am. It is important to note that focusing on an individual timetable of transit passengers, a restaurant and bar at the hotel will be open 24 hours a day.
Park Inn by Radisson — a dynamically developing innovative brand of medium price category hotel.Park Inn hotels provide their guests with everything needed to relax, while providing a high level of service. Currently, the Park Inn brand brings together more than 140 hotels (existing and under construction) with the total key count of more than 26,000 rooms in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
GAZPROM MAY BUILD OKHTA TOWER IN NORTHERN ST. PETERSBURG
A subsidiary of the Russian energy giant Gazprom has bought a plot of land in the northern part of St. Petersburg where it may build a 400-meter tall skyscraper.A spokeswoman for the Okhta Business Center company said the construction of the Okhta Business Center on a plot of 140,000 square meters in St. Petersburg's Primorsky District is yet to be approved.
Plans by Russia's gas monopoly Gazprom to build a complex of office buildings dominated by a needle-like skyscraper, derisively dubbed the Gazoscraper, prompted fierce public opposition. Critics feared that the tower, which was to go up next to the 18th century Smolny Cathedral, may ruin St. Petersburg's unique low-rise skyline.
The plan was abandoned following objections from UNESCO and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.
Gazprom, which reportedly invested about seven billion rubles ($245.5 million) into the project, earlier said the business center project should be changed as it was designed specifically for the location in the city center.»Naturally, the project needs to be changed. I have no idea of who will do it. Our design company received no orders, the existing contract concerns only the previous location,» the project's architect, Philipp Nikandrov, said.
«The tower itself may be built in another location, but its surroundings should be adjusted,» he added.
News source: RIA Novosti
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.