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Russia launches new hotel classification

25 February 2019
Russia launches new hotel classification

A couple of days ago, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed a provision on the mandatory classification of Russian hotels. Hotels with more than 50 rooms must be evaluated with a star before the beginning of July this year. Those with 15 to 50 rooms must be assessed by the beginning of 2020.

Hotels have been classified in Russia for a long time before, from the beginning of the century. However, the procedure was voluntary. The hotelier himself decided whether to assign the stars to a hotel or not. Only the hotel owners in Sochi were obliged to classify their hotels before and during the 2014 Olympics and in the 11 cities which hosted the football World Cup last year.

The service will be paid and its price will depend on the amount of the rooms and the estimated star. Thus, a hotelier considering his hotel to be up to the standards to be considered a five-star facility will pay more than the one who evaluates his accommodation facility at lower standards.


The hotel classification should be reevaluated every three years. The average price of the expert evaluation will be 30-60 thousand rubles. If the owner inflates the number of stars, he will be fined. A fine will also have to be paid by all those who do not classify their hotels on time.

In the classification, everything will be taken into account: the area of the rooms, the condition of the furniture, mattresses, bed linen and towels and the quality of food.

The provision clearly spelled out a set of services for the various categories. For example, five-star hotels’ staff is obliged to change bed linen and towels daily, provide laundry and ironing services for the guest, deliver the luggage from the car to the room. Rooms must also be equipped with soundproof doors.

The Ministry of Economic Development of Russia refused the idea of assigning «keys» to hostels as it was common practice before. According to representatives, if the object does not pull on any of the hotel stars according to its characteristics, it simply remains without a category.

Both hostels and the so-called boutique hotels, which in terms of the quality of services correspond to seven stars, can be left without a category, a federal official explained. The Ministry does not exclude the possibility of creating special categories for niche projects in the future but this will require a more detailed study and discussion with the businesses.

As a result of the new hotel classification, tourists will be able to receive reliable and current information about the selected accommodation. They will know exactly what set of services they are paying for and will not be surprised on the spot. Strict requirements will oblige hoteliers to comply with the standards that they previously regulated at will, often saving on the quality of services provided. text source:

If you need any assistance with hotel booking in Russia, Tsar Events Team will be happy to assist you.


Plus, we are so happy and proud to announce that Ekaterina Antonova, Tsar Events Russia DMC & PCO Project Manager Assistant, has won 2019 Linda Thompson Memorial Scholarship.

The Association of Destination Management Executives International     (ADMEI) is pleased to announce the 2019 Linda Thompson Memorial Scholars. ADMEI is honored to administer the Linda Thompson Memorial Scholarship as a living tribute to Linda Thompson, who was a vital part of the Destination Management profession and meetings industry. As an owner of Cappa & Graham, Inc. in San Francisco, CA, and a vital force in the DMC Network, Linda dedicated herself to mentoring young professionals and raising the level of excellence in our industry. This year, 15 highly competitive applications were received from individuals who are preparing for a career in Destination Management.

Ekaterina Antonova is this year’s international winner. A sophomore at The St. Petersburg State University of Economics, Ekaterina is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Tourism Management. She has served as an intern with Tsar Events Russia, a Hosts Global Member, which evolved into several part-time positions with the DMC. Her native language is Russian, but she is also fluent in English and worked as an operation manager’s assistant for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The scholarship provides $1,000 for each scholar towards tuition and an invitation to participate at the ADMEI Annual Conference in Houston, TX, 7 – 9 February 2019. Industry professionals who want to keep Linda’s vitality an important part of the Destination Management industry are welcome to send their contributions to the Linda Thompson Memorial Scholarship Fund, C/O ADMEI, 201 Hunter’s Crossing Boulevard, Suite 10 – 199, Bastrop, TX 78602 USA.

About ADMEI. The Association of Destination Management Executives International     (ADMEI) is the premier international association for DMCs. Its mission is to define the DMC industry, uphold the highest level of professionalism, establish standard business and ethical practices, and promote the value of local Destination Management. You can Find an ADMEI member DMC in the online directory or for more information about ADMEI, please visit

Also, Tsar Events Russia DMC & PCO team has become ADMEI EXCELLENCE AWARD FINALIST in nomination      «Excellence in Cultural and Tradition Integration» for their event Gala Dinner at Moscow GUM for FIFA World Cup 2018 Coca Cola.

About ADMEI Awards Program. Established in 2005, the ADMEI Awards Program recognizes member excellence in Destination Management Company     (DMC) program, component development, and delivery.  Submissions in over 20 award classifications are judged by a team of international industry professionals and the award winners are celebrated annually at the Awards Gala during the ADMEI Annual Conference.


The ADMEI Awards Program includes three categories:  Excellence, Achievement and Recognition.

The Excellence Awards identify DMCs that excel in a specific component of Destination Management services for a program.  
The Achievement Awards identify DMCs that excel in Destination Management services for a specific program.
The Recognition Awards recognize peers and industry leaders with special acknowledgement for their efforts and leadership.


If you need asistance with hotel accommodation or museums visits you can always ask team of Tsar Events. Also we can help you with planning your special event, cultural  or incentive program, conference and congress in Moscow or St. Peterbsurg. Tsar Events Destination Management Company & Professional Congress Organizer provides all MICE services in all Russian cities.


Tsar Events DMC & PCO has become first DMC who wrote book-instruction for tourists and professional travel planners who are going to Russia!

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  • The only COMPANY in Russia run by CERTIFIED MEETING PROFESSIONAL                 (CMP)

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Tsar Events DMC & PCO has become first DMC who wrote book-instruction for tourists and professional travel planners who are going to Russia!  New book offers a mesmerizing slice of life in Russia. Alexander Rodionov & Maya Krivchenia shares an informative and enjoyable guide to enjoying the historical and cultural wealth of the world’s largest country.


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— Gala Dinner at Faberge Museum –with biggest collection of Faberge Eggs
— Lunch at a single long table for 600 persons inside of the biggest Artillery museum in the world
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— Transfer from airport by BTR, stretch limousine or Russian Troika
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— Hockey game against Russian team 
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