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St. Petersburg Families Flock to Turkey, Spain

Published: June 11, 2014 (Issue # 1815)



  • The beaches of Turkey beckon Russian tourists this year.
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With the arrival of the summer holidays, Russian families are packing up and heading abroad to soak up the sun, with Greece, Spain and Turkey the most popular destinations, according to a recent survey by online-booking service Oktogo.ru.

The survey results were based on the number of hotel bookings with children made for the period from June 1 to Aug. 31.

For Petersburgers, Turkey is this years most popular destination for summer vacations, according to Pavel Rumyantsev, spokesman for the Northwestern regional branch of the Russian Tourism Industry Union, speaking to The St. Petersburg Times.

The slowing economy, current political situation and unfavorable exchange rate have all played an important factor in where St. Petersburg families are taking summer vacations this year, he said.

According to Rumyantsev, these factors have led to an increase in trips to Turkey, as it is seen as offering the most value for money. Other value-for-money destinations that have also had an increase in bookings include Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco and Israel. However, these countries are still not as popular as European resorts, Rumyantsev said.

He also added that trips to Europe this year by local families have dropped 15 to 20 percent in comparison to last year.

Within Russia, the most popular Russian cities to visit this year with kids so far are St. Petersburg, Moscow, Sochi, Anapa, Kazan, Sevastopol, Veliky Novgorod, Iyeisk, Yaroslavl, Gelendjik, Yalta and the Moscow suburbs, according to the Oktogo.ru survey.

The survey also showed that while travelers with kids tend to stay an average of two days in- Moscow, they prefer to spend up to five days in St. Petersburg.





 


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Wednesday, Aug. 20


AmCham gets back to business after a summer hiatus with todays EHS Committee Working Group Meeting. Check their website for more details.



Thursday, Aug. 21


Time is running out to see the fantastic creations on display at the 2014 Sand Castle Festival on the beach at the Peter and Paul Fortress. Adhering to the theme of Treasure Island, visitors can wander amongst larger-than-life interpretations of pirate life or attend one of the workshops held to educate a future generation of sand artists. The castles will remain on the beach until Aug. 31.



Friday, Aug. 22


Get ready to pledge allegiance to the flag during National Flag Day, paying tribute to when, 23 years ago today, the iconic hammer-and-sickle was replaced with the tricolor that now flutters in the wind. Petersburgers will be treated to a free concert on Palace Square, a military parade and a culminating air show featuring Russias Russian Knights stunt pilots.



Saturday, Aug. 23


Uppsala Park plays host to Fairy Noon today, a performance of five separate fairy tales ranging from folk classics to more haunting selections. There will be three different renditions of the tales throughout the day and tickets start at 500 rubles ($13.80) for adults and 300 rubles ($8.30) for children.


Classic Finnish cartoon characters the Moomins expect to receive a warm welcome from Russian fans during todays Moomin Festival at the Pearl Plaza Shopping Center at 51 Petergofskoye Shosse. Become a kid again or introduce a new generation to the beloved creation of Finnish writer Tove Jansson.



Sunday, Aug. 24


The tortured genius of Dutch master Vincent van Gogh gets his day in the centers Konnushnaya Ploschad during Make Art Like Van Gogh, a daylong celebration of the artist that will allow amateur artists to try and replicate the work that made the famed painter world-renowned.


Experience a variety of dances highlighting the diversity of the world around as at the final day of the Ethno-Dance International Dance Festival that has been at the St. Petersburg Humanitarian University of Trade Unions this past week. Tonights performance will feature Egyptian dancers accompanied by local orchestras.



Monday, Aug. 25


Today kicks off the Elena Obraztsovoy International Competition for Young Vocalists in the large hall of the Shostakovich Philharmonic. Talented youngsters will showcase their range over the next six days before a winner is chosen on Aug. 30.



Tuesday, Aug. 26


Love movies but hate all those words? Then check out Rodina Cinema Centers Factor of Consensus film forum this evening. Silent movie classics from the beginning of the 20th century will be screened and accompanied by a pianist, who will provide the soundtrack for the ongoing action. The screenings begin at 7 p.m. Check Rodinas website for more details.



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