Tour operator “Biblio Globus” has just signed a deal with “Russia” airlines for the use of 13 aircraft under contract until 2018. With Russia set as a priority destination for the company, “Biblio Globus” announced an extensive flight program for Krasnodar and the Crimea as well.
Last week the Lotte Hotel Moscow was the scene of the Second Annual Russian Hospitality Awards. The black tie ceremony featured the top business owners, hotel managers, and leading global hospitality decision makers as well as business and lifestyle media.
Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev just signed a decree aimed at improving the infrasturcture and preserving the cultural heritage of the Solovetsky Archipelago.
Yesterday , Russian President Vladimir Putin called for visa-free travel for visitors from India and South Africa.
In transportation news, Russian Railways will launch an all new passenger route between Moscow and St. Petersburg that will showcase new two-storey rail cars. The first voyage is scheduled for this evening, Sunday February 1st.
Gazpromneft-Aero has concluded a long-term agreement for two years with airBaltic, the Latvian national airline, for refueling new scheduled flights from Riga to Moscow (Vnukovo International Airport).
In airline news, Vietjet, Vietnam’s budget private airline, has announced the launch of flights in between Vladivostok and Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Hue, and Phu Quoc. The announcement came while Vietnam’s Party Chief Nguyen Phu Trong was on a visit to Russia.
News from CHRISTIE’S , the world’s most famous fine arts auction house, tells of travel nostalgia from Russia in the time of Stalin. The auction house’s Vintage Poster sales, I’m told, always glean special interest in the travel genre. So the vintage Russian Intourist posters commissioned back in the 1930’s bear special note today.
News from WTM London, the Association of Tour Operators Russia (ATOR) has the World Travel Market 2014 World Travel Leaders Award for its promotion of tourism in Russia.
News sources this week suggest Russian Railways and some other Russian state run companies may have imposed bans on foreign travel. According to the news, companies in Russia hit by western sanctions allegedly dissuaded employees from visiting countries outside Russia.
In September RIA Novosti announced a possible China investment in the Crimea via the head of the Chamber of Commerce of Simferopol, Alexander Basov.
Operating from Moscow Domodedovo Airport, Flight UN175/176 will connect the two cities three times per week on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays at 22:45. Scheduled to arrive in Murmansk at 01:25 on the next day, the returns will be from Murmansk on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays at 08:00, with arrival in Moscow at 10:35.
Aeroflot and Russia’s largest international hotel operator have partnered for an international guest rewards program. Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, the leading international hotel operator in Russia, CIS and Baltics, and Aeroflot, Russias biggest airline, announced the Aeroflot Bonus frequent flyer program.
Airbnb has just announced having ventured into the Russian tourist market via a partnership with online accommodation service Ostrovok. The deal is the first of it’s kind for the Silicon Valley poster child of travel startups.
Apparently western sanctions can’t keep a Russian airline giant down. Aeroflot’s being forced to ground fledgling budget airline Dobrolyot over EU sanctions disrupting aircraft leases may turn out to be a blessing in disguise for Russia’s biggest airline.