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.
RUSSIA TO REOPEN SPACE TOURISM IN 2013
Good news everyone! Space Adventures Ltd. said it agreed with Russia to expand flight opportunities starting in 2013. Three seats for flights to ISS will become available after Russia adds a fifth Soyuz spacecraft to the current four per year.
From 2013, three space tourists per year will be able to book seats on Soyuz flights to the International Space Station (ISS), the Virginia-based company, Space Adventures, said in a statement.
The last space tourist was the Canadian Guy Laliberte, the billionaire founder of Cirque du Soleil, who returned to Earth in October 2009 after an 11-day flight.
The first space tourist, Denis Tito, travelled to the ISS in 2001. All together, seven space tourists have taken part in missions.
Laliberte did not reveal the cost of his ticket, but his predecessor, US software pioneer Charles Simonyi, paid $35 million for his trip.
New Complex “European Embankment” in the center of St. Petersburg will be opened by 2015!
«European Embankment» in fact is a block city (or even a district) which will probably be built on the territory of former chemical industrial zone. Common subject for the past years and it is good to remove factories out of city and build houses and offices there. Location of the central figure is unique: center of St.Petersburg, right between the Petropavlovaskaya fortress and Strelka. Dvortsovaya embankment is well seen from here, and the site fits the very picturesque view. That is not the only unique feature of the project: territory of the future mixed-use complex is very large – 9,3ha. It is very large for center in a historical city, especially in Petersburg. And the moreover, the investors claim they are going to have finished the project by 2016. So the «embankment» is the largest «real» project in the city at that moment.
Real State Council of the city proclames that by 2015 year complex will open the following projects: Dance Palace (24 000 sq. meters),Hotel (20 000 sq. meters) and Shopping Mall. Moreover the contest on the project of the main part of the complex –is theatre of modern ballet of Boris Eyfman.
Looking forwar to see this project in 2015!
Astoria St Petersburg has now a new manager
Famous hotel of St. Petersburg has a new manager. Rocco Forte Collection hotel chain has officially announced the appointment of Walter Neumann as general manager of the Astoria hotel in St Petersburg.
Walter Neumann was appointed as general manager of Astoria after resignation from the post of the chief operating director of Travel Charme Hotels & Resorts. Walter Neumann is well acquainted with the peculiarities of the hotel market of St. Petersburg. For three years he headed the room management department in the Grand Hotel Europe, and then took part in the opening of the Clarion North Crown hotel as an assistant director. Then Walter held the position of head of marketing and sales of the Chesma International Tours & Business Travel.
In his new position, Walter Neumann will manage the work of one of the most luxurious and elegant hotels in St. Petersburg, where in each of the 210 rooms are successfully combined classic Russian style and modern design.
Being the attraction of St. Petersburg for nearly 100 years, Astoria has received many famous guests. The hotel is conveniently located in the heart of St. Petersburg on Isaakievskaya Square, so from the windows of many rooms open spectacular views of the majestic St. Isaac's Cathedral, Hermitage, the Mariinsky Opera and Ballet Theater, as well as other historical and cultural monuments of the city located in close proximity.
The Rocco Forte Collection, founded by Sir Rocco Forte in 1996, includes Astoria hotel in St. Petersburg, Brown's Hotel in London, Hotel Amigo in Brussels, Hotel de Russie in Rome, Hotel Savoy in Florence, The Balmoral in Edinburgh, The Lowry Hotel in Manchester, Villa Kennedy in Frankfurt am Main, Hotel de Rome in Berlin, Le Richemond in Geneva, The Charles Hotel in Munich, The Augustine in Prague and the resort of Verdura Golf & Spa Resort in Sicily.