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Archive for August, 2010

In high season the prices in St. Petersburg’s hotels are 1.5 times higher on average than in European hotels. Despite the opening of new hotels, there is still a lack of guest rooms that pushes the price up.

According to Committee for Investments and Strategic Projects of St. Petersburg currently there are more than 600 hotels with overall capacity of about 26,000 rooms.

Earlier this year, St. Petersburg’s hotels were 30-40% full, but as the high season with its “white nights” approached the hotels became full up to 80%. A demand has led to a higher price. As a result, the prices this year were 15-20% higher than in 2009. The average price for three-star hotels is $150 per night, for four-star hotels is $310, and for five-star hotels is about $767. These prices are on average 1,5 times above the European.

In the first half of 2010 several new hotels have been opened in St. Petersburg. Rezidor Hotel Group opened a four-star hotel with 270 rooms under Park Inn name on Nevsky Prospect, Marriott opened a four-star Courtyard St. Petersburg Center West / Pushkin Hotel on Griboedov canal. Also a four-star hotel New Peterhof has been opened with capacity of 150 rooms, and a three-star hotel Red Stars with 54 rooms will start to work in the nearest future. Also by the end of this year an international operator Fairmont Raffles Hotels International will open Swissotel hotel with 120 rooms.

We advise all travellers to Russia to book package deals where you can save not only on hotel accommodation but also get fantastic rates for guided excursions and other travel-related services.

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According to a plan approved by the Moscow authorities there will be opened 70 new hotels in the centre of Moscow. Their location has been approved as well.

The chief architect of Moscow Alexander Kuzmin believes that hotels should be located in the city centre, areas highly popular among tourists. One of the hotels will be built in historical part of Moscow close to Tretyakov Gallery.

To book a hotel room in Moscow please contact Go Russia for competitive rates.

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Aeroflot has increased fine for return tickets purchased at special rates. The increased fee for return tickets will be taken from August, 1st 2010. The charge for domestic flights varies from 500 to 900 Roubles (appr. £20) and from 15 to 25 Euros on international flights.

If a passenger returns tickets within 24 hours before the departure, an additional charge of 25% applies.

It looks like Aeroflot is trying to level Russian legislation which claims possibility of return any tickets.

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Ministry of Tourism and Sports of Kazakhstan started a website for travellers: http://www.visitkazakhstan.kz.

It provides information about all regions of the country, attractions, tours, restaurants and clubs. Tourists can learn about all cultural events, read news, browse pictures. Virtual travel guide will help visitors to plan their trip, choose and book hotels directly on the website.

The website provides information in English, Kazakh and Russian.

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The Moscow authorities are planning to open a chain of hostels in Moscow, Chairman of the City Committee for Tourism Grigory Antyufeev has announced recently.
Students will be able to stay in the capital of Russia for $15 per person per night in these hostels.

There are about 10 hostels in Moscow today. Best of them, Godzillas and Napoleon – were opened by foreigners. First, Godzillas hostel located in one of the oldest buildings in the central of Moscow started to accommodate visitors in October 2005. The price varies from $16 to $70 per night. Napoleon hostel offers accommodation at special prices during summer time for $19 – $30 per night.

Godzillas and Napoleon were the only hostels in Moscow, whose owners have obtained all necessary permits, renovated the place to the standards, and hired staff. Other hostels in Moscow usually are normal apartments, although the prices there don’t differ a lot from the price in Godzillas or Napoleon ($23-$33 per night).

If you need any assistance in booking hostel accommodation in Moscow please contact us.

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