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.
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.
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.
08 March 2011
You can meet with Alexander Rodionov, CMP in Berlin at pre-ITB networking event .
09/03/11 – 13/03/11
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.