NETWORK OF CAPSULE HOTELS TO BE OPENED IN MOSCOW
The smallest capsule hotel Sleepbox with an area of 3.75 m2, the development of Russian architectural bureau Arch Group, will appear in the near future in Moscow and probably in many European cities.
Russian capsule hotel Sleepbox is a prototype of the invention of the world famous Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa, which was improved and adapted to Russian conditions. Russian capsule hotel will save considerable time for travelers, and give the opportunity to relax prior to their train or plane flight.
The new Russian invention capsule hotel Sleepbox is a mobile box area of 2x1,4 meters, in which there is a place for luggage and a lounger with automatic change of linen. For maximum comfort of travelers, each capsule is equipped with its own ventilation system, portable fridge, built-in TV, outlets for charging mobile devices, as well as wireless internet access.
It is predicted that new capsule hotels will be in demand not only in the areas of maximum traffic flow, such as railway stations and airports, but also in places of high public activity in the vicinity of the exhibition and hotel facilities, public and commercial centers. Minimum capsule hotel rent time will be 15 minutes. The cost will vary.
15th Anniversary St. Petersburg International Model United Nations Conference is almost there
Tsar Events DMC & PCO welcomes delegates from 24 contries arriving to St. Peterburg this weekend to particpate in 15th Anniversary St. Petersburg International Model United Nations Conference — the biggest SPIMUN during it's history.
PARK INN MOSCOW SHEREMETYEVO AIRPORT HAS OPENED NEW FACILITIES
Park Inn Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport has completed the first stage of the rooms renovation and offers its guests 129 new comfortable and stylish rooms that are now in line with international standards of the Park Inn brand.
Renovation of rooms, as well as the facade of the building began in April of last year, after hotel went under management of the The Rezidor Hotel Group (in January 2010). Now 297 modern equipped rooms of different categories from standard rooms to suites are available to guests. All rooms are equipped with satellite television and offers wireless Internet access.
The renovation will also touch upon restaurant and bar that will get a new name — RBG Bar & Grill. It is worth noting that the Park Inn Sheremetyevo Airport has an excellent location in walking distance from Sheremetyevo International Airport. Regular free shuttle corporate minibuses (all in bright style of the Park Inn) bring visitors from the airport (terminals D, E and F) to the hotel.
For the convenience of travelers Park Inn Sheremetyevo Airport offers, in addition to traditional fees, a special day rate fee for travelers who want to stay from 6 to 12 hours. Due to a significant number of early morning flights, breakfast in the hotel is served from 5 am. It is important to note that focusing on an individual timetable of transit passengers, a restaurant and bar at the hotel will be open 24 hours a day.
Park Inn by Radisson — a dynamically developing innovative brand of medium price category hotel.Park Inn hotels provide their guests with everything needed to relax, while providing a high level of service. Currently, the Park Inn brand brings together more than 140 hotels (existing and under construction) with the total key count of more than 26,000 rooms in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
GAZPROM MAY BUILD OKHTA TOWER IN NORTHERN ST. PETERSBURG
A subsidiary of the Russian energy giant Gazprom has bought a plot of land in the northern part of St. Petersburg where it may build a 400-meter tall skyscraper.A spokeswoman for the Okhta Business Center company said the construction of the Okhta Business Center on a plot of 140,000 square meters in St. Petersburg's Primorsky District is yet to be approved.
Plans by Russia's gas monopoly Gazprom to build a complex of office buildings dominated by a needle-like skyscraper, derisively dubbed the Gazoscraper, prompted fierce public opposition. Critics feared that the tower, which was to go up next to the 18th century Smolny Cathedral, may ruin St. Petersburg's unique low-rise skyline.
The plan was abandoned following objections from UNESCO and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.
Gazprom, which reportedly invested about seven billion rubles ($245.5 million) into the project, earlier said the business center project should be changed as it was designed specifically for the location in the city center.»Naturally, the project needs to be changed. I have no idea of who will do it. Our design company received no orders, the existing contract concerns only the previous location,» the project's architect, Philipp Nikandrov, said.
«The tower itself may be built in another location, but its surroundings should be adjusted,» he added.
News source: RIA Novosti
PETERSBURG IS CREATING NEW SERVICES FOR TOURISTS
To increase the number of tourists Petersburg authorities are planning to run a «guest card of St. Petersburg», issue reminders for tourists, and also organize a special contact-center for visitors. Traveling to St. Petersburg is a considerable and very stable source of income for the city. Average length of stay in St. Petersburg is three to five days for 58% of visitors.
Thus, foreign tourists are leaving in St. Petersburg up to $ 1.5 billion a year. Since St. Since Petersburg is competing to attract tourists from big European cities, city authorities have to adopt proven technology from those cities. One of them is the program «map of the guest of St. Petersburg.» It was launched in test mode in November 2010, its final launch is scheduled for 1 May 2011.
The program was created by analogy with existing programs in major European tourist centers such as London, Paris, Barcelona, Venice. Buying a special card for a certain number of days, the tourist will get the opportunity to visit museums, theaters, as well as take advantage of all modes of public transport. CurrentlyCurr Currently the card entitles you to one visit to the Russian Museum, the Savior on Spilled Blood, St. Isaac's Cathedral, Peter and Paul Fortress and a sightseeing tour by bus «City Tour». By early May, a visit to Petrodvorets and Pushkin museums will be included in the program.
SOCHI OLYMPICS WILL HAVE THREE MASCOTS!!!
Leopard, Polar Bear and Bunny officially proclaimed mascots of the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi in 2014 following the results of an all-Russian SMS-voting which finished on Saturday.
The winners were announced at an evening 115-minute TV show.
The leopard received 28% of the votes, 18% and 16% voted for the polar bear and the hare, respectively.
Fire Boy and Snowflake were selected mascots for the Paralympics.
YEAR OF RUSSIA IN SPAIN AND SPAIN IN RUSSIA WILL START WITH THE PRADO EXPOSITION IN HERMITAGE
Official opening of the Year of Spain in Russia will take place in St. Petersburg in the presence of royals and will be marked by an opening of exhibition of the National Museum of the Prado in the Hermitage. It is expected that the opening ceremony will take place in the presence of His Majesty the King of Spain Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia
The Russian National Library will host an exhibition of Spanish political posters, other events in the cultural sphere will be held in other places. The most important economic event will be participation of representative Spanish delegation headed by Prime Minister Jose Luis Zapatero in the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.
It is important to note that Spain is one of the major trading partners of St. Petersburg. Only last year the foreign trade volume grew by 20%. However, the potential for mutual cooperation is not used in full, and undoubtedly, the Year of Russia in Spain and the Year of Spain in Russia will be a powerful stimulus for further development of Russian-Spanish relations.
The further development of tourism will be beneficial for the economy of Spanish and the economy of St. Petersburg. The significant role in increasing mutual tourist traffic will play a new passenger terminal at Pulkovo airport.
08 March 2011
You can meet with Alexander Rodionov, CMP in Berlin at pre-ITB networking event .
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.