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.
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.