The winners of the global tourism rankings World Travel Awards 2016 were named. The award ceremony was held in the Maldives in early December. St. Petersburg was named among winners as the World's Leading Cultural City Destination.
The global tourism ranking World Travel Awards was founded in 1993. Rating determines the industry leaders in many areas of activity. Rating initially determines the best places and companies of the regions, and in the end, the best tourist centers of the world. Currently, leaders of about 200 nominations are called.
World Travel Awards celebrates its 23-th anniversary in 2016. Grand final of the competition took place at the The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi, Maldives. 2017 European final contest of the year (World Travel Awards Europe) will be held in the summer in St. Petersburg.
St. Petersburg was named as the best city - the cultural center of the world 2016 (World's Leading Cultural City Destination). The popularity of the city among tourists actually increased in recent years. The number of tourists is increasing annually. This year St. Petersburg was especially popular among tourists from China.
A large number of cultural, sporting and business events are held in St. Petersburg along the year. Interesting events were held every weekend in the summer this year. City develops areas such as contemporary art, fashion and sport. Tourists are attracted to St. Petersburg also by long-known world-famous attractions, theaters and museums of the city. Confederations Cup will be held, including in St. Petersburg in 2017. In 2018, St. Petersburg will be one of the cities, which will be held the Football World Cup.
St. Petersburg is a city that certainly need to visit all fans of travel. We must not forget that the largest, richest with cultural events and the most visited tourist city in Russia remains Moscow.