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St. Petersburg, Russia – THE BEST TOURIST DESTINATION IN EUROPE 2017 by the prestigious World Travel Awards. 09.10.2017 05:00

The 3-rd year St. Petersburg, Russia has been named the best tourist destination in Europe 2017 by the prestigious World Travel Awards. 

 Since 2015 St. Petersburg continues to keep its strong position as Leading Europe destination among such cities like Amsterdam, Barcelona, London, Berlin, Moscow, Paris, Rome, Vienna, Geneva.           

Apart from that, in 2016 St. Petersburg won the title of World's Leading Cultural City Destination

This year, the awarding ceremony took place in St. Petersburg, at Ethnography Museum on September, 30 where the Venice of the North has won the tourist Oscar for the third time.

The key factors in the city's success is its century-old traditions, a rich history and its great tourist potential.

World Travel Awards Founder and President, Graham Cooke, said:

 “It has been an honour to visit Russia for the very first time."

«Voters recognized Saint Petersburg as the best continent destination, welcoming foreign tourists all over the world»

 “St. Petersburg proved a wonderful host for our Europe Gala Ceremony and I am sure the city will go on to take its rightful place as a top rank tourism destination."

St. Petersburg will host the General Assembly of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in 2019 09.10.2017 04:59

Events of the General Assembly of the United Nations World Tourism Organization are currently taking place in Chengdu, China.  The winner that obtained the right to hold this important event in 2019 has just defined, and it can be said with confidence that the Russian Federation will adopt the next General Assembly.

The holding of the General Assembly in St. Petersburg will make it possible not only for the city, but also for the whole country, to enhance its image on the world stage and to increase the flow of tourists, as well as to enable the world's experts to be involved in the development of mechanisms for the further development of the Russian Federation and its subjects as the leading world tourism center. This is an opportunity to change the condition of the tourism industry, due to the transfer of valuable experience, knowledge and developments on a wide range of issues, ranging from technologies for the promotion of tourism product on world markets to new standards and educational methods for the professionals of tourism industry, because UNWTO is the main center for the collection, analysis and dissemination of tourism data from more than 180 countries and territories.

Andrey Muskarev, the Chairman of Committee for Tourism Development, comments the situation: "This victory means recognition of the Saint Petersburg tourism industry by world leaders as a city that is able to become a center not only of cultural but also of business tourism. The city authorities have done a great deal of work to bring this event to St. Petersburg, and I can say with certainty that this is a well-deserved victory."

We recall that St. Petersburg Committee for Tourism Development had signed a memorandum of understanding between the Government of St. Petersburg and UNWTO in 2016, and an application for the General Assembly had been made by the city in 2017.

The 22nd SPIMUN conference in St. Petersburg, Russia 09.10.2017 04:57

St. Petersburg, Russia will hold the 22nd SPIMUN conference (26—28 March 2018) organized by Gymnasium 157 founded by Princess of Oldenburg in 1868 and located in the center of St. Petersburg. SPIMUN is one of the United Nations Models affiliated to The Hague International Model United Nations with the same rules of procedure. The conference is a three-day-long simulation of the work of the United Nations. The structure of SPIMUN includes the Security Council, the General Assembly (4 Committees), the ECOSOC and the Special Conference. SPIMUN is designed for high school students (14 — 19 years old).

The object of the conference is to seek through discussion, negotiation and debate solutions to the various problems of the world dealing with economic, environmental,  social and cultural issues. The young delegates in searching solutions to these problems can learn to break away from narrow national interests and to develop true international cooperation.

SPIMUN 2016 brought together more than 700 delegates and teachers from  Bahrain, Cyprus, Canada, France, Denmark,  Germany, South Africa, Egypt, Belarus, Germany, Greece, India, Italy,  the USA, Turkey, United Arab Emirates.

Attendance at SPIMUN will mean much more than just doing another MUN. The participants will be able to discover the magnificence of St. Petersburg, one of the most impressive city in the world.

Aeroflot -Europe's Leading Airline Brand and Business Class 2017 08.10.2017 21:22

Aeroflot - Russian Airlines-  won two key categories at the prestigious World Travel Awards 2017: Europe’s Leading Airline Brand and Europe’s Leading Airline – Business Class. The awards took place in the Marble Hall of the Russian Museum of Ethnography in St. Petersburg on 30 September 2017.

So-called as “The Oscar” of the tourism, in 2017 the World Travel Awards has been hold in Russia for the first time. St. Petersburg was chosen as the host city for the awards ceremony having been named Europe’s Leading Destination two years in a row (2015, 2016). Aeroflot was the only Russian airline to receive an award at the World Travel Awards 2017.

In 2016 Aeroflot became the first Russian airline to receive 4-Star Airline status from UK agency Skytrax, the authority on airline customer service. TripAdvisor users named Aeroflot the best airline in Europe, and best in the world for its Business Class service. In China, Aeroflot has been named the nation’s favorite foreign airline.

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