Moscow was named the best travel destination of 2019 – winning one of the industry’s most prestigious accolades – the World Travel Awards.
In 2019, the number of foreign business representatives visiting the Russian capital increased by 14%, according to official figures.
More than 3,000 business events take place in Moscow every year
Along with outstanding infrastructure and meeting facilities, Moscow has one of the strongest scientific communities in the world, represented by research institutions, universities and local branches of international associations. Additionally, Moscow is a hub for regional events and conferences. To this end, 41.5% of tourist arrivals to Moscow from countries in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) are for business events or corporate travel purposes.
More than 3,000 business events take place in Moscow every year, placing the city on a list of top global meeting destinations. The city’s MICE capacity is supported by more than 150 professional conference organisers (PCOs) and more than 30 convention and exhibition venues.
Moscow now boasts all the necessary infrastructure to host any exhibition or conference event. There are conference centres and hotel chains that can satisfy the needs of almost any audience, not to mention business clusters and business quarters. Their standards and quality meet international requirements. The city’s attractiveness to business is increasing over the years: organizers choose Moscow as a venue for international-calibre business conferences measurably more often.
As a vivid example, in 2019 Moscow welcomed more than 270 ministers, delegates and representatives of the public and private sectors from more than 60 countries to its part of the UNWTO General Assembly Session. The event, which lasted two days, involved working sessions, official meetings and cultural events. Although it was the first time the Russian capital had participated in the event, delegates saw that everything was organised “perfectly”.
For the first time, the Grand Final of the World Travel Awards 2020 will take place in Moscow.
Photo: St Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow
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GETTING AROUND MOSCOW
Moscow has developed a “unified navigation system” that includes all types of public transport. Even an inexperienced, non-Russian speaking traveller can choose a convenient route and plan transfers.
A well-developed urban transport system links all districts of Moscow. The Metro is the main means of transport for the city’s inhabitants and guests. During the day, it is convenient to travel by bus, tram, and ecological electric bus, and at night – by bus, with some routes operating 24/7.
The Moscow region has 137,000 taxis, around 32,000 car-shares and 528 bike rental stations.
According to a travel metasearch site, Moscow ranks seventh among the European capitals and is among the world’s top 20 capitals with the most affordable 5-star hotels. Five Moscow hotels have also recently been included in Forbes Travel Guide 2020 rating.
According to the 2019 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards, ten of Russia’s top 25 hotels can be found in Moscow. Moscow’s hospitality sector now includes around 1,800 hotels and top-level accommodation facilities, with the average annual occupancy rate of Moscow hotels running at 78%.
There are over 40 hotels operating under brands of the world’s leading hotel chains, with a total number of rooms exceeding 13,000. International brands include: Four Seasons, Hilton, Holiday Inn, InterContinental, Kempinski, Marriott, Radisson, Ritz Carlton and Swissôtel.