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City Tour. Canal Cruise.

Published: July 21, 2014 (Issue # 1820)




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The sun, reflected on the water surface and, as its continuation, bright orange umbrellas. This is exactly what both visitors to St. Petersburg and its residents associate with the new City Tour. Canal Cruise from the Astra Marine Group.

The highlight of this project is that after buying a single ticket you can travel all day long on the waterways of the city, getting on and off at stops near the citys main sights without using ground transportation, thus not getting stuck in traffic.

The project was launched on May 30, 2014, and every day it gains new fans. Attention to the needs of its guests is one of the reasons for the positive attitude towards the project. From the very first day of the City Tour. Canal Cruise, its organizers have been concerned about their clients' opinion. Questionnaires filled in by the guests were not only carefully studied but also used for creating organizational and managerial solutions.

The appearance of bright orange umbrellas in order to protect passengers from the sun and light rain, as well as selling drinks on board, are visual confirmation of this.

As for local residents, the project provides an opportunity to avoid traffic jams while moving around the city center. Keeping to a schedule, not very relevant for tourists, can be a crucial factor when making the decision to use the projects boats as a mean of transport. The organizers hope that residents will see their project as of a water-bourne underground: convenient, fast and without traffic.

You can check all the merits of the project and make suggestions to improve it every day from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.. Stops are located at the Central Dock, Nevsky Prospekt, the Aurora Cruiser, the Peter and Paul Fortress and Vasilievsky Island. The route and schedule can be found at

Modern management system in daily life!

At the main berth at Spusk co Lvami a new object of staff (Astra Marine Group) interest has appeared. Seemingly, it is an ordinary mailbox, though beautiful. How can it attract employees? And what does it have in common with a modern management system?

For employees it can become an opportunity to help realize their potential and generate additional revenue. This mailbox is used to collect suggestions for improving the company's working conditions, manufacturing processes and the quality of tourist service.

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ALL ABOUT TOWN

Wednesday, Oct. 1


The St. Petersburg International Innovation Forum 2014 kicks off today at Lenexpo, where it will be presenting the latest and greatest ideas until Oct. 3. Focusing on economic development and the decisions and measures necessary to encourage development in Russias most important industries, the event is a possibility to discuss the innovations currently available in a variety of fields.


Representatives of the Russian and international media industries arrive in St. Petersburg for the first ever International Media Forum being hosted by the city until Oct. 10. With a variety of events on tap, including workshops, lectures and film screenings, the event plans to reemphasize the citys reputation as the countrys culture capital and as an emerging market and location for the visual arts.



Thursday, Oct. 2


The celebration of the bicentennial of the birth of Mikhail Lermontov continues with todays free exhibition in the citys Lermontov Library at 19 Liteiny Prospekt. Titled Under the Rustling Wings, the temporary exhibition will feature the costumes and scenery used in the 1917 production of Lermontovs play The Masquerade, which he wrote in 1835 when he was only 21 years old.



Friday, Oct. 3


Learn more about how to manage and evaluate employee performance during SPIBAs Human Resources Committee meeting this morning on Employee Assessment: Global and Local Trends. Starting at 9:30 a.m., the discussion will touch on such topics as the partnership between HR and business, reliable assessment strategies and more, with Tatiana Andrianova, the head of the SHL Russia and CIS branch in St. Petersburg, as the featured guest. Confirm your participation by Oct. 2 by emailing office@spiba.ru or calling 325 9091.


AmChams Procurement Committee Meeting is at 9 a.m. this morning in their office in the New St. Isaac Office Center on Ulitsa Yakubovicha.



Saturday, Oct. 4


Wine and cheese lovers will get their chance to revel during Scandinavia Country Club and Spas Wine Market Weekend. Going on today and tomorrow, wining diners can listen to live music, take part in culinary classes and, of course, sample a variety of fine wines from around the world. The cost of admission is 400 rubles ($10.30) for adults and 200 rubles ($5.15) for children.



Sunday, Oct. 5


Look for the latest fall fashions at the Autumn Market today in Freedom Anticafe at 7 Kazanskaya Ulitsa. The minimarket plans to offer clothes more flattering than the puffy jackets that are a staple of the citys cold-weather fashion, while offering the same amount of protection from the biting winds blowing off of the Baltic.



Monday, Oct. 6


SKA St. Petersburg, the citys KHL affiliate, welcomes Slovakian club HC Slovan in a match-up tonight at the Ice Palace near the Prospekt Bolshevikov metro station. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. and tickets can be purchased on the clubs website or in person at either the arenas box office or the clubs merchandise store on Nevsky Prospekt.



Tuesday, Oct. 7


Learn more about Russias energy industry at the St. Petersburg Energy Forum that begins today and runs through Oct. 10. Attracting industry experts and political and business representatives, the forum plans to welcome more than 350 plus companies and their representatives to discuss the future of Russias largest economic sector.



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