For the sixth time in a row Saint Petersburg can receive the prize of the most prestigious award in the field of tourism - World Travel Awards. Open online voting takes place on the official website of the organizer and will last until October 25, 2020. The winners will be announced at the final online ceremony on November 27, 2020.
This year St. Petersburg is presented in the following nominations of the "world" category: "World's Leading Business Travel Destination", "World's Leading City Destination", "World's Leading Cultural City Destination", "World's Leading Cruise Destination".
St. Petersburg will be able to celebrate its achievements and win the tourist Oscar again if a sufficient number of experts in the field of tourism, representatives of tourist companies, travellers and even citizens vote for it.
"Confirming its leadership in the world rankings is not an easy task, even for St. Petersburg, which, like a magnet, attracts tourists due to its unique atmosphere. And our task is not only to acquaint the guests of the city with the great cultural heritage of Russia, but also to give them the opportunity to enjoy the real Petersburg hospitality. To do this, we are developing the project "New Cultural and Tourist Geography of St. Petersburg", which fully reveals the multifaceted tourist potential of the city - bright and large-scale urban events, classic and new museum routes developed by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, modern creative spaces, a wide range of river and sea cruises, a health resort cluster in the Kurortny District, gastronomic tourism. Such a unique combination of tourist opportunities rightfully makes our city a Russian and international center of all-season tourism," - comments Sergey Korneev, the Chairman of the Committee for Tourism Development of St. Petersburg.
It is worth to note that St. Petersburg has been receiving the most prestigious World Travel Awards for 5 years consecutively. In 2015, the Northern Capital received the first award in the category "Europe’s Leading Destination", in 2016 the city became a laureate in the category "World’s Leading Cultural City Destination." In 2017 and 2018, St. Petersburg became the leader in the "Europe's Leading Cultural City Destination" nomination, and in 2019 took the first place in the "Europe's Leading City Destination" nomination, overtaking such cities as Paris, Amsterdam and Barcelona.
Voting for the best tourist destinations takes place on the official website of the award. To vote, one should register and select the category "world", it will last until October 25, 2020.
World Travel Awards is a recognized global quality standard in the travel industry. Every year, the winners of the nominations become true leaders of professional opinions, examples for colleagues and the pride of their regions. The World Travel Awards was established in 1993 and is considered to be the most prestigious travel industry award. The prize is awarded annually to the winners in various categories after thousands of tourists and industry professionals vote for one of the candidates.