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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
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.