St.Petersburg in the 25 Best World Destinations list 23.03.2017TripAdvisor includes Saint-Petersburg in its 25 Best World Destinations list. It's the only russian city in the list.
inBox Capsule Hotel wins ADD Awards16.12.2016First design capsule hostel in St.Petersburg inBox Capsule Hotel wins international ADD Awards! Congratulations!
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inBox Capsule Hotel awarded with 5 Stars12.12.2016First design capsule hostel in St.Petersburg inBox Capsule Hotel awarded with 5 Stars by HostelGeeks.com!
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St Petersburg wins title of World's Leading Cultural City 2016!07.12.2016Saint Petersburg became the winner of World Travel Awards Grand Final 2016 on 2 December and got title of "World’s Leading Cultural City Destination 2016". Its competitors were London, Paris, Rome, Venice, New York, Rio de Janeiro, Beijing, Sidney.
Hermitage ranked as Best Museum in Europe15.09.2016TripAdvisor ranked the State Hermitage Museum (Saint-Petersburg) as Best Museum in Europe 2016 and put it in Top 3 museums in the world.
TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 201421.05.2014Art-Hotel Mokhovaya is awarded with a TripAdvisor 2014 Certificate of Excellence!
TripAdvisor is benefiting from partnership with Facebook26.02.2013TripAdvisor is delighting in their 20% increase in earnings for its 2012 fiscal year when compared to 2011 benefiting from their partnership with Facebook. The organization stated that just in 2012's last quarter, over 40 million visitors visited their website by way of their Facebook accounts, as well as by using the social network's associated app, which let them see if their "friends" also had visited a destination or hotel. TripAdvisor says over one third of all new reviews that are posted on their website now come by way of Facebook-connected users.In the meantime, TripAdvisor confirmed its plans to commence its new hotel metasearch service throughout all platforms this year, the program was first tested on mobile users and then on some desktop users.The company's financial results for last year revealed a jump of 20% in earnings to $763 million (up 23%, year-over-year, to $169.4 million, Q4). Profits rose to $33.6 million in the fourth quarter (up 52% year-over-year) and for the total year profits increased to $194.1 million, a 9% year-over-year improvement.
Largest indoor theme park planned in St.Petersburg20.02.2013Europe's largest indoor theme parks planned in Moscow, St Petersburg and Yekaterinburg, scheduled to open in 2015. DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. and REGIONS Group of Companies have signed a licensing agreement to develop Europe's largest indoor theme parks, and the first to feature the franchises of DreamWorks Animation in major cities throughout Russia. The theme parks, scheduled to open in 2015, will be located in St Petersburg, Moscow, and Yekaterinburg. REGIONS Group of Companies will design, build and manage all properties. The DreamWorks Animation theme parks will be Europe's largest year-round indoor entertainment zones, and in each instance will be part of a larger entertainment development featuring a mixed-use movie and concert hall, 4D movie theater, three-star 400-room hotel, and a retail center with 11,000 parking spaces. The height of each park will be 35 meters, comparable to a 13-floor building, giving visitors the sense of being outdoors. "Russia is one of the most important markets in the world for us," said DreamWorks Animation's Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Katzenberg. "All of us at DWA are extremely excited to work with REGIONS CG to be the first Hollywood studio to create not just one, but three theme parks in Russia. These parks are going to be groundbreaking cultural hubs that will give families the chance to truly enter the world of DreamWorks." www.traveldailynews.com
Incoming tourism to St. Petersburg has grown11.02.2013Incoming tourism to St. Petersburg has grown by 3.2 percent this year, with 5.7 million tourists having visited the city, the northwest office of the Russian Tourism Industry Union said.
Two and a half million of those visitors were foreigners and 3.2 million were Russian tourists.
Although in 2012 the growth in incoming tourism was slightly lower compared to last year’s increase — when the number of tourists rose from 5.1 million people in 2010 to 5.5 million — the city is still seeing a gradual increase in visitors.
“The volume of tourists coming to St. Petersburg has grown recently, mostly thanks to an increase in travelers from China, India and Latin American countries, many of which have a visa-free regime with Russia,” said Pavel Rumyantsev, spokesman for the northwest office of the Russian Tourism Industry Union.
“We are also seeing an increase in the number of new direct flights between St. Petersburg and other cities in Russia (for instance, Astrakhan and Stavropol), CIS countries and the world,” he said.
However, Rumyantsev noted that there are many areas that tourism experts should keep working on in order to attract more tourists.
“To attract more foreign tourists we need to develop a systematic policy for simplifying the visa regime. To attract more Russian tourists we need to cancel VAT on domestic flights,” Rumyantsev said.
By Irina Titova
The St. Petersburg Times
Published: December 12, 2012 (Issue # 1739)
St.Petersburg hotels05.02.2013Experts at Colliers International consulting company said that St. Petersburg hotel estate market has advanced significantly during the last two years. Almost all hotels that were in the early stages of construction prior to the 2008 financial crisis have now entered the market.
In 2012 only one new hotel appeared in St. Petersburg — the five-star Domina Prestige St. Petersburg Hotel on the Moika embankment.
There are now 127 hotels operating in the city, offering a total number of 18,400 rooms (excluding mini-hotels), according to Colliers International.
Depending on the season, the average daily room rate at St. Petersburg three-star hotels ranges from 2,550 to 4,500 rubles ($82 to $145), while a room in a four-star hotel costs from 4,500 to 8,000 rubles ($145 to $260) and prices for five-star hotel rooms vary from 11,000 to 19,500 rubles ($355 to $630), according to Maris.
The St. Petersburg Times, December 5, 2012 (Issue # 1738)