Europe's Leading City Tourist Board 2018

14 March 2018

On March 12, 2018 became known nominees of the World Travel Awards 2018. The nomination of St. Petersburg Committee for Tourism Development as the Europe's Leading City Tourist Board 2018 made headline news. This is the first management team in Russia, which was nominated for such a significant award.

"It is not surprising that the Committee has been so honored this year – it means that our previous hard work is rewarded .  In 2017, for the first time was adopted a separate state tourism development program in St. Petersburg, in September we held the World Travel Awards Europe Gala Ceremony 2017 and also won the right to host the General Assembly of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in 2019. Such significant achievements could not be overlooked by the international tourism community, "– commented the Chairman of the St. Petersburg Committee for Tourism Development, Andrei Mushkarev.

St.Petersburg has been nominated for 3 European WTA awards:

Europe's Leading City Destination 2018 – St. Petersburg received this award for three years in a row, and in 2017 it was awarded this title twice: in the framework of the European stage, as well as at the global level in the final, having received the award "World's Leading city Destination 2017".

Europe's Leading City Break Destination 2018 – this award is given to the most popular destinations for tourists to travel on weekends and holidays. According to statistics, in 2018 St. Petersburg has already headed the top Russian cities that are popular among tourists on 8 March and Valentine's Day, and also entered the top three for traveling with children for the February holiday weekend.

Europe's Leading Cruise Destination 2018 is a highly specialized, but very important nomination for the Russia's Northern Capital, especially at a time when the city administration is working on creation of a regional ferry operator.

Winners are determined in two stages. First, the nominees are selected by online voting, then the jury consisting of professionals from the tourism industry and representatives of specialized media chooses the best ones.

Voting among the European regions will continue until 20 May, 2018. Winners will be invited to a gala ceremony of the European World Travel Awards, which will take place on 30 June, 2018 in Athens.

If you wish to take part in the on-line voting, please follow the link.

World Travel Awards is a recognized world standard of quality in the tourism industry. Each year the winners of the nominations become the real leaders of professional opinions, guidelines for colleagues and a subject of their region's pride.