World Travel Awards finals to be held in Moscow online

November 19, 2020
Tourism and travels

For the first time, winners of the world’s main tourism award, World Travel Awards, will be announced in Moscow. According to Deputy Moscow Mayor Natalya Sergunina, the award ceremony will take place online on 27 November. It will be hosted by actors Ingeborga Dapkunaite and Yury Kolokolnikov.

Last year Moscow won the main category, World’s Leading City Destination, ahead of such cities as London, New York, Paris, Sydney and Lisbon. This year Moscow is represented in seven categories at once, including World’s Leading Business Travel Destination, World’s Leading Cultural City Destination, World’s Leading Festival & Event Destination and World’s Leading Heritage Destination.

“For the second year in a row, Moscow has been nominated in key World Travel Awards categories. Moreover, our city is in the top five of the world’s 100 best megalopolises, which also takes tourism attractiveness into consideration. These assessments by international experts, representatives of the tourism industry and travellers, encourage us to develop further and improve our competitiveness,” Natalya Sergunina noted.

World Travel Awards: Moscow wins tourism Oscar

Recently, the winners of the regional European stage of World Travel Awards 2020 were announced, with Moscow winning the Europe’s Leading City Destination and Europe’s Leading Heritage Destination awards.

This year, the Russpass digital service was launched for tourists travelling around Russia. It can be used to choose a ready-made route or create an individually tailored one, book a hotel, and purchase plane, train, museum and theatre tickets. The service helps Russian travel agents, sightseeing tour agencies, cultural platforms and other partners to promote their products, attract new clients, develop and create additional jobs.

Last year, Moscow launched a short telephone number for tourists, 122. The hotline works 24/7 in Russian and English.

World Travel Awards

The World Travel Awards, widely regarded as the most prestigious award programme in the tourism industry, was established in 1993. Every year the award selects the most attractive cities, the best tour operators, airlines, resorts, hotels and other representatives of the industry in more than 80 categories.

The World Travel Awards holds an annual grand tour: a series of regional gala ceremonies on each continent. Last year’s winners and the participants who applied independently or were suggested by the organiser’s expert council are nominated. Winners of the regional ceremonies and nominees of the expert council reach the grand finals.


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