St. Petersburg named world’s culture capital

Russia’s northern city beat London, Paris and New York
Share 05 December 2016
The finals of the World Travel Awards ceremony, most prestigious award in tourism, saw Russia’s St. Peterburg grasp the title of World’s Leading Cultural City Destination 2016. The ceremony was held on the Noonu Atoll of the Maldives on December 2, 2016.

Among other renowned tourist destinations in this category were Paris, London, Beijing, New York, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, Sydney and Venice.

“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,” said World Travel Awards President Graham Cooke.

This September St. Petersburg was already named Europe’s Leading Destination by the organization, securing the city’s qualification for the finals.
World Travel Awards

The World Travel Awards was established in 1993 and is considered the most prestigious tourism award. Annually, it rewards nominees after thousands of tourists and specialists cast their vote in different categories. Defining criteria for nominees are city safety, developed infrastructure and hotel industry.

The Wall Street Journal called the award as "the Oscars of the travel industry."