St. Petersburg has been systematically working for a long time to strengthen its status as a transport and tourist hub - one of the largest in Russia and Europe. The new railway route connecting the city on the Neva with the city of Tikhvin in the Leningrad Oblast will increase the already high transport accessibility of St. Petersburg, as well as form new points of attraction for tourists.
As the chairman of the Committee for the Development of Tourism of Saint Petersburg Sergey Korneev notes, the increase in the number of railway routes has a positive effect on the development of tourism and in the issues of recovery of the industry, which will be addressed after the lifting of restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. In addition, the tourist project “Silver Necklace of Russia”will have received an additional impetus.
“In 2012, the President of the Russian Federation ordered the formation of a tourist cluster in the Leningrad Region, which turned into a common unifying network of tourist routes named ‘Silver Necklace of Russia’. Suchdevelopment, as in recent years, when the cities of the North-West were linked by “Lastochka” has never been seen before. The high-speed train is convenient and comfortable for both Russian and foreign tourists. It is absolutely fair to speak about qualitative development”, said the head of the Committee.
According to Viktor Golomolzin, head of the Oktyabrskaya Railway (OZD), the creation of a new route has been discussed for more than one year. A unique schedule has been developed in cooperation with the governments of St. Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast. The trains on the route are equipped with an air circulation system, which increases the safety of passengers and is especially important in a pandemic.
It should be noted that the Silver Necklace project proved to be popular and in demand among both Russian and foreign tourists. This is evidenced by the increased demand for domestic Russian tourism in recent years. So, in 2019, its growth was 10-15%. For objective reasons, the current year has shown an even greater interest among Russian citizens to travel within the country.
The “Silver Necklace of Russia” is an interregional tourist project consisting of a set of routes uniting historical cities, regional centres, large settlements of the North-West of Russia, which have preserved unique historical and cultural monuments, as well as natural objects, including those included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The project unites 11 constituent entities of the North-West Federal District of the Russian Federation: St. Petersburg, Leningrad, Arkhangelsk, Vologda, Kaliningrad, Murmansk, Pskov, Novgorod oblasts, the republics of Karelia and Komi and the Nenets Autonomous Okrug.
Let us remind you that St. Petersburg became the first city in Russia to join the international movement to ensure safe tourism and recreation - Safe Travels. In St. Petersburg, standards were developed to ensure safe tourism and recreation, which were created on the basis of the methodological recommendations of Rospotrebnadzor and synchronized with the recommendations and international protocols of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Tourism and Travel Council (WTTC). Now about 1,500 tourist companies in the Northern capital have received Safe Travels SPb signs. Further expansion of the program will be helping the city to get out of quarantine restrictions as soon as possible.