Moscow wins World Travel Awards 2020

December 8, 2020
Tourism and travels

On 27 November, the winners of one of the most prestigious international tourism awards, World Travel Awards 2020, were announced. For the second year in a row, Moscow has received the main prize in the World's Leading City Destination 2020, outstripping London, New York, Paris, St Petersburg, Rio de Janeiro and other leading world metropolises.


This year, due to the difficult epidemiological situation, the award ceremony took place online with a video link-up with Moscow. During a whole hour the hosts of the ceremony have been announcing the winners in the key categories, including the best cities, landmarks, tour operators, airlines, resorts and hotels.

In 2020, the Russian capital was nominated in seven categories of the most prestigious World Travel Awards, including World's Leading Business Travel Destination, World's Leading City Break Destination, World's Leading City Destination, World's Leading Cultural City Destination, World's Leading Festival & Event Destination, World's Leading Heritage Destination, and World's Leading Sports Tourism Destination.

Following the open voting that took place on the official website of the award between 28 September and 25 October, Moscow was announced the winner in the main category. The jury took into account the opinions of both tourism sector experts and travellers. This year, not only the new achievements of the nominees were taken into consideration but also the possibilities for future travel.

The online ceremony took place via video link-ups from the tourist information centre at Zaryadye Park and the Digital Business Space. Video clips about Moscow, St Petersburg, Madeira and other world tourist destinations were shown to the audience. Reputable representatives of the tourist sector and celebrities, including film director and actor Nikita Mikhalkov, opera singer Khibla Gerzmava, Director of the State Hermitage Museum Mikhail Piotrovsky, chess player Sergei Karyakin, Alessandra Priante, Director of the Department for Europe at the World Tourism Organisation, and others conveyed their best wishes and congratulations to the winners.

On 2 November, the winners of the regional European stage of the World Travel Awards 2020 were announced. Moscow won in two categories, Europe's Leading City Destination and Europe's Leading Heritage Destination.

World Travel Awards

The World Travel Awards was founded in 1993. It is considered to be the most prestigious award in tourism. Every year, it is presented to the most attractive cities for tourists, as well as the best tour operators, airlines, resorts, hotels and other representatives of the sector.

The World Travel Awards holds an annual grand tour, a series of regional gala ceremonies on every continent. The previous year’s winners and participants who submitted an entry by themselves or were suggested by the organisers’ expert council are nominated. The grand final includes the winners of the regional stages and nominees announced by the prize’s expert council.

In 2019, for the first time, Moscow won the World Travel Awards in the category World’s Leading City Destination. There are plans to hold the grand final of the award in Moscow in an offline format in 2021.

Tourism in Moscow

The Russian capital is a recognised cultural, business, technological and intellectual centre that offers comfortable living and travel conditions. To make it easier for tourists to plan a trip to Russia and Moscow, the Russpass digital service was launched. It helps tourists create their own individually-tailored route to selected places or choose a ready-made route, and can also be used to book a hotel, purchase air or train tickets, and many other things. Many services are combined in one portal.

While the borders are closed, you can use the platform #MoscowWithYou to explore Moscow and plan future travels. The platform features over 600 videos, including virtual tours to the city’s main landmarks, interesting facts about life in the capital, lectures and much more. The platform has become a true online atlas of city life, featuring information on jogging and bike routes, city districts and new interesting places in Moscow. Over 60 leading museums, film studios, theatres, libraries, technoparks, city projects and other platforms have joined the platform. The content is free and is constantly updated.


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