Guided tours around Saint Petersburg to be available for 2018 World Cup guests in 25 languages

City navigation signs will be available in English, French and Chinese
16 May

Tourists who will visit Saint Petersburg on the days of the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 and the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ will be able to receive guided tours in 25 languages. This was reported by the Chairman of the Saint-Petersburg Committee for Tourism Development Andrey Mushkarev during a press tour organized by the Local Organising Committee.

"The official tourist site VisitPetersburg has been already translated into 15 languages, all guided tours to more than 25 languages," said Mushkarev.

He also noted that before the football competitions city navigation, which has already been translated into English, will be supplemented by instructions in French and Chinese. "Plaques translated into French and Chinese, that will appear in tourist places and places relevant to the events of the Cup, will remain after the events," said the head of the Committee. Mushkarev remarked that 2-3 hours tourist routes around the city are being prepared for fans.

Unified support service for fans will provide help to football tourists, it is now being created on the basis of existing tourist assistance centres and will be operational from June 1. According to Mushkarev, information on where to go in Saint Petersburg during the days of Confederations Cup 2017 and World Cup 2018 will also be circulated by the consultants of the new Saint Petersburg service "I know the city", that are moving along the central streets on segways.

Mushkarev recalled that accommodation of 35,000 room capacity was allocated for the guests of Saint Petersburg. The city expects an influx of Chinese tourists, who are interested in football. In general, the Chairman of the Committee noted, the main efforts of the Saint Petersburg tourist industry will be aimed to ensure that football tourists will want to return to the city after the competitions are over. "We do not expect an increase in the number of tourists, because the load of hotels last year was 96%," he said. "We expect some qualitative change of tourists, because they will be mainly fans, they are coming to cheer for their own team. So our goal is that these tourists will comeback to Saint Petersburg."