FINLAND RAILWAY STATION WILL UNDERGO MAJOR RECONSTRUCTION
Russian Railways have decided to create stations of the future. The Finland Station in St. Petersburg will be one of the first to undergo those changes. According to general construction plan it is planned to build above platforms of the station a large shopping and hotel complex, conference center, offices, parking- on the roof, bus station and a heliport deck.
The first stage of reconstruction of the Finland station began in May 2010. Next year, Russian Railways will begin the second phase of reconstruction, it will include the construction of shopping complex. At the same time, local authorities want to create a fully functional hub around the Finland station – which is supposed to combine railway, public transport, subway and upcoming bus station. It is expected that the hub will also include water trolley station and a heliport deck.
Passenger traffic at the station has grown due to the launch in December of last year of a high-speed train «Allegro» on the route St.Petersburg — Helsinki. As a result, the number of Finnish tourists arriving to the city increased by 20% and, according to expectations in 2011 amount will be close to 5 million people.
FABERGE MASTERPIECES ARE NOW DISPLAYED IN THE MOSCOW KREMLIN MUSEUMS
An exhibition of Faberge jewelry and his contemporaries opens in Moscow. The exposition will also feature items from the famous Cartier collections. Starting from tomorrow everyone will be able to see unique treasures at Moscow Kremlin Museum. Must see of an exhibition are six imperial Easter eggs created by Faberge which became a real masterpieces among his work. The displays for this exhibition were collected all over Russia.
RUSSIAN RAILWAYS HAVE STARTED SCREENING LUGGAGE OF "SAPSAN" PASSEGERS', BOTH IN MOSCOW AND IN ST.PETERSBURG
Russian Railways (RZD) has launched the work of «Sapsan» passengers' luggage screening zone, at Leningrad Station in Moscow and at Moscow Station in Saint Petersburg. Starting from this week exits on the platform for boarding and alighting Sapsan passengers were installed with pavilions with special equipment for a non-contact inspection of baggage and hand luggage. At the preliminary stage of this project screening of passengers will be selective,nevertheless Russian Railways, asks “Sapsan» passengers to arrive at the stations beforehand, since inspection may take some time.
CZECH VISA CENTER OPENS IN ST. PETERSBURG
On April 1st Czech Visa Center was opened in St. Petersburg. The new institution has already begun its work, and its staff is already accepting clients. The center will operate from Monday to Friday from 09.00 to 16.00 (Moscow time) and serve tourist companies as well as private individuals. Changes in the process of filing documents or payment will be applied. However, customers will have to pay 1 thousand rubles for services provided.
GERHARD MITROVITS-APPOINTED AS DIRECTOR OF KEMPINSKI HOTELS IN RUSSIA AND CIS COUNTRIES
Gerhard Mitrovits was appointed as Director of Kempinski hotels for Russia and CIS countries. Gerhard Mitrovits, who before was appointed as director of the Baltchug Kempinski Moscow Hotel, has once again proved his credibility of a successful hotelier and became an ideal candidate for the director position for the region. Mr. Mitrovits will combine his new appointment with former responsibilities of the director of the hotel.
NEW PASSENGER TRAIN TO LINK MOSCOW, BERLIN AND PARIS
A new passenger train shall be introduced by Russia’s Railways, to link Moscow, Berlin and Paris.
The regular train connection between Moscow and Nice, initiated last year, has already proven its relevance. The transport demand is stably high — at peak periods up to 90% - report the Russian railways.
As for the Moscow-Paris route, at present there is only one through-train connecting the Russian and French capitals.
The exact date when the new train connection will be operational is not yet revealed.
NORWAY AND RUSSIA ARE GETTING CLOSER!
From March 27, 2011 the SAS Scandinavian Airlines has started regular flights from Moscow to Oslo with convenient opportunities for further flights from the Norwegian capital to over 40 cities, including Bergen, Stavanger, Trondheim and Narvik. The main demand in this area will be coming from business travelers, the new flights will help them better plan their trips and choose the route according to their taste.
Flights on the route Moscow-Oslo will be operated by Boeing-737. Given that on March 27, 2011 Aeroflot started operating flights from Moscow to Oslo on a daily basis, the total number of flights in this direction will reach 11 per week. SAS flies daily from Moscow to Copenhagen and Stockholm, for a total of — 28 flights a week, 14 of which are made from Terminal D International Airport Sheremetyevo.
Schedule of new flights:
OSLO-MOSCOW: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday departures at 10.00, arriving at 14.20 (local time).
MOSCOW- OSLO: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, departure at 15.15, arriving at 15.50 (local time).
FIRST CLUB HOTEL OPENED IN MOSCOW
World Trade Center has opened a new building of club hotel Crowne Plaza Moscow World Trade Centre, located in close proximity to the Moscow International Business Center «Moscow-City». Club building of Crowne Plaza Moscow WTC hotel comprises 149 premium-class rooms with panoramic views on the Moskva River, a club lounge and a fitness center, restaurants and bars with a modern Russian and European cuisine.
From now this will be one of the main Moscow hotel destinations for big businessmen from around the world.
Basic cost of a standard room per night will range from 27,000 rubles without VAT. The cost of studio rooms — from 50 thousand rubles, and the ambassador's room hotel will cost 120 thousand rubles.
Terminal changes for Air France and Rossiya joint flights in SPb
We would like to draw your attention to the fact, that starting from the 27th of March 2011and till our next announcement, joint Air France flights AF 9715/9714 from St. Petersburg to Paris / from Paris to St. Petersburg operated by Rossiya Airlines will be handled in «Pulkovo-1» airport.
Air France flights AF1153/AF2253 from St.Petersburg to Paris and AF1152/2252 from Paris to St.Petersburg as usual will operate from/to Pulkovo-2 airport.
MOSCOW HOTELS AND RESTAURANTS TO BAN SMOKING
In the near future Moscow is to impose a ban on smoking in all local catering establishments, clubs, as well as in hotels, premises which belong to local authorities. This list, in particular, will include: hotels «National» and «Metropol», restaurant «Don Quixote» and «Lights of Moscow», the club Imperia Lounge, Cafe Mayak and other popular venues. In the case of adoption of this law, these measures will take effect in 2012. The Russian capital has decided to take the path of European countries which are actively introducing a ban on smoking in their establishments. These measures have received a great resonance, for example, in Spain, where employees of the entertainment industry demanded from their local governments to abolish the law or at least mitigate its effects.
As for hotels in Moscow, there are not enough of them, so hardly a smoking ban will affect their occupancy, but the restaurants and cafes may have hard times. Many experts say that catering establishments where smoking will be prohibited will be able to win popularity among residents and visitors who prefer to lead a healthy lifestyle.
In addition to restaurants and hotels, smoking ban would also extend to health facilities, education, culture and sport, government agencies and staircases of residential buildings.