St. Petersburg puts final touches to WTA Gala Ceremony preparations

20 September 2017 - London, UK

St. Petersburg

With just 10 days to go until St. Petersburg welcomes the World Travel Awards Europe Gala Ceremony, the travel industry’s leading awards programme is delighted to unveil the latest details of the event.

Aleksandr Malich and Marina Kim – two of the most sought after hosts on Russian Television – will compere the awards show which will take place at the Marble Hall, Russian Museum of Ethnography, on Saturday 30th September.

Entertainment will be provided by Russian theatre company, Hand Made, whose choreography of the hands is nothing short of a creative marvel, and Bis-Quit. An acclaimed instrumental ensemble, Bis-Quit are on a mission to make their audiences look at well-known pieces and Russian music culture alike, in a new light.

Mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Sergeeva, soprano Karina Chepurnova and tenor Alexander Trofimov complete the stellar entertainment line-up.

Speaking ahead of World Travel Awards Europe Gala Ceremony, WTA President & Founder Graham E Cooke said: “It will be an absolute pleasure for World Travel Awards to visit Russia for the very first time. St. Petersburg is one of the most famous cities in the world and this is a fantastic opportunity for the city to take its rightful place as a top rank tourism destination."

The official after party will be held in the ballroom at the luxurious five-star Hotel Astoria.

St. Petersburg Committee for Tourism Development Chairman, Andrey Mushkarev, added: “We will be honoured to host the leading European tourism industry professionals in St. Petersburg.

"We are confident this event will be one of the best in the history of the World Travel Awards and we are pleased to invite everyone to the Europe Gala Ceremony in St. Petersburg, a city that is the pride not only of Russia and Europe, but of the whole world.”

World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry.

Today, the World Travel Awards brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire.

Each year, World Travel Awards covers the globe with a series of regional gala ceremonies staged to recognise and celebrate individual and collective success within each key geographical region.

World Travel Awards Gala Ceremonies are widely regarded as the best networking opportunities in the travel industry, attended by government and industry leaders, luminaries and international print and broadcast media.

For more information about World Travel Awards, please visit the official website, www.worldtravelawards.com.

Notes to Editors

World Travel Awards celebrates its 24th anniversary this year and is acknowledged across the globe as the ultimate travel accolade.

Attended by senior executives from major travel companies, operators, destinations, WTA events are universally respected as providing established, top level networking opportunities, regionally and globally.

The brand aims to celebrate those organisations who push the boundaries of industry excellence.

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