Moscow may develop new tourist information system

An information system to help foreign tourists navigate their way around Moscow may be developed this year, Moscow’s top tourism official told the Izvestia daily on Tuesday.

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Moscow in Russia

“As part of a complex plan for 2011 we are tasked with developing an information portal and a system of navigation like in other capitals. Measures which require no significant funding will be done as soon as possible,” said Sergei Shpilko, who heads the city’s tourism committee. Continue Reading

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How to find Hunting Tours

Some countries in North America, Africa and Europe are still into Big Game Hunting nowadays. Its is all about the trophy wild animal when a seasoned hunter is out looking for the record breaking and impressive trophy.

The size, type, the length, the weight of the animal is all part of who bagged the biggest trophy. Africa for one is still hooked with the large big game hunting, Big game hunting in the United States is known for hunting the white tail deer, elk, bear, and other animals. In New Zealand, hunting birds and other animals is still popular while in Asia and Russia, black bear hunting is still the top hunting activity. What about Hunting tours? Different countries treat the tours differently.

According to statistics, there is still nearly over 100,000 brown and black bears and the population of the said Bear specie in Russia stays the same over the years with the largest population than any other country today. Since a large portion of black bear hunting is concentrated in the Pacific coast and the European parts of Russia, hunting tours is quite popular in this part of the world.

Equipped with Tactical Gun Armory and Sig Sauer p226 accessories, some hunting tours guides have been taking black bear tourist hunters to the wilderness in Russia for years. Tours offer different types of bear hunting in oat fields, by stalking a large black bear and bear hunting with dogs.

Hunting tours also offer lodging, set meals, hunting itinerary, 4×4 vehicle, hunting guides, hunting licenses, trophy prices, veterinary examination of trophy, cites, and interpreters for foreigners. Hunting tours usually last for up to seven days and it also includes some site seeing in Russia.

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Russian pavilion for 2010 World Expo in Shanghai to open May 1

The Russian pavilion for the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai will be opened to the public on May 1, Russia’s industry and trade minister said on Friday.

“I think that we are moving along with difficulty, but on schedule. We will open our pavilion on April 30 and ten days before that, we will start a general rehearsal,” Viktor Khristenko said during a working visit to Shanghai, adding that “everything will be working.”

Khristenko, who chairs the organizing committee for Russia’s participation in Expo 2010, said it was very important for Russia to take part in the event.

“It is a large, beautiful and independent pavilion, where Russia offers its view and conception of the future,” he said. “For us, it is an opportunity to discuss and present our opinion … on how to organize the life of our children.”

The 2010 World Expo is to be held under the motto of a “Better City – Better Life” from May 1 to October 31, 2010, in Shanghai in an area of six square kilometers (2.3 sq. miles).

Up to 70 million people are expected to visit the city for the event, which has seen investment of up to $ 4 billion.

Russia is constructing its Expo pavilion for the first time in 30 years, rather than renting one from the host country.

The 6,000-square-meter sun-shaped pavilion, dominated by fairy-tale motifs, will comprise 12 white-and-gold towers symbolizing the 12 months, showing a comfortable city environment as seen through children’s eyes.

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Grand Hotel Europe in Russia Re-Opens Historic Suites

The luxurious Grand Hotel Europe in St. Petersburg, Russia – owned and operated by the legendary Orient-Express, has re-opened ten historic suites after a painstaking restoration project.

Located on the hotel’s Historic Floor, each suite has its own Russian historic name, with an interior to match, and reflects the rich history of both the hotel and St. Petersburg. Themes include Pavarotti, Stravinsky, Faberge and Romanov.

All of the suites are spacious, with an area of 55 to 97 square metres and 4.3 metre-high ceilings.

Grand_Hotel_Europe-russiaEach has a vestibule, a living room, a bedroom and a large bathroom. Their windows look out onto the most picturesque spot in the historic centre of St. Petersburg – Arts Square, with its monument dedicated to the great poet, Alexander Pushkin, and the building of the Noble Assembly.

The historic suites have retained their original 19th century features and style, thanks to restoration work carried out by French designer Michel Jouannet, who is renowned for his work at Hotel Cipriani in Venice and the Copacabana Palace in Rio-de-Janeiro.

The Grand Hotel Europe is classified as a national and cultural landmark and is under a preservation order as a historical monument. Continue Reading

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Shangri-La to construct First Hotel in Russia

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has signed an agreement with China Huaming International Investment Corporation to manage an hotel in Moscow, the group’s first property in Russia.

Set to open in 2012, the 400-room hotel will occupy the top floors of a 42-storey main building in the Park Huaming Business Centre in Moscow – a new major multi-purpose development.

Next to the Russian Botanic Garden, Northeast District, on Vilgelma Pika Street, the property is located only 10 kilometres from Red Square and 25 kilometres from the international airport.

Mu Hua Dong, general manager of CHMIIC, said, “Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts is one of the world’s finest hotel operators and we are confident that based on the group’s strong reputation in China, this new property is set to be a resounding success. Most importantly, the group’s core values coincide with our goal of promoting Asian culture and ideals throughout the world.”

The hotel guestrooms will have a minimum size of 40 square metres and each room will have a view of the Chinese landscapes at the Park Huaming Business Centre or views of the Russian Botanic Garden.

Diverse dining outlets will include a Chinese and Russian restaurant; while a 1,200-square-metre grand ballroom, a 700-square-metre auditorium and a wide range of function rooms suited for large to small events, will cater to MICE guests. Recreational facilities such as an indoor swimming pool and health club will also be available.

The Park Huaming Business Centre, Moscow, will include an office tower, service apartments, an exhibition hall and a lifestyle area; featuring a Chinese garden with pavilions, restaurants, retail shops, as well as leisure and entertainment facilities. The city’s fourth ring road is being built, and when it is completed in 2012, it will provide direct access to the new hotel.

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Signs of Downturn Come with Hope Russia

Moscow has experienced the first signs of the economic downturn, with a five-point drop in chain hotel Occupancy Rate (OR) for 2008, reaching 70%. Average Daily Rate (ADR) ended the year at €251, only a 5% increase compared to 2007, whilst Revenue per Available Room (RevPAR) decreased slightly to €175.

“These performance indicators released by our market monitoring database, Hotel CompSet, clearly illustrate the first phase of the downward cycle. Although Russia is an emerging market for hotel developers, and indeed will become a goldmine destination in the years ahead, the economic crisis has hindered performance in 2008,” stated Director of Development, MKG Hospitality, Vanguelis Panayotis.

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This drop in OR was also fuelled by many new hotel openings in 2008, increasing competition. “Soon we will see ADR decreasing, as demand will continue to be low and hoteliers will be pushing to fill their rooms. This of course will ultimately drive RevPAR down,” added Panayotis. According to MKG Hospitality, the economy should slowly recover in 2010-onwards, and when it does, the country will see many major hotel developments.

Hilton is one of many hotel brands who have identified Russia as a key market, with major plans for the future. “Russia represents one of the greatest potential for hotel growth in the world today and we are certainly entering at a pivotal time in its economic development. Over the next ten years, we anticipate that we could see more than 70 Hilton Family hotels across key Russian cities and regional centres,” revealed Vice President Development for Northern Europe, Hilton, Mike Collini.

According to Collini, Hilton will achieve this growth target by working with local developers and hotel owners, through a combination of management and franchise agreements. Accor is another group with high hopes for the Russian market. “We are one of the few companies that truly believe in the Russian market,” remarked Director of Operations for Russia and CIS, Accor, Alexis Delaroff. Continue Reading

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