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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.