We are delighted to say that with your incredible support, we have been named Russia’s Leading Travel Agency 2017. This is the fifth year in succession we have had the honour of being voted ‘Russia’s Leading Travel Agency’, which is unprecedented. Impressive? Indeed!
Considering that the World Travel Awards are the travel industry’s equivalent of the Oscars, winning an award at the World Travel Awards means so much to everyone here at Real Russia. It provides international recognition for our team of dedicated specialists, without whom Real Russia would not be where it is today. And winning this prestigious award for the fifth time in a row demonstrates that our team are consistently, year on year, exceeding our customers' expectations.
Now the glare of the splendid ceremony has faded, we would like to send huge thanks to our fantastic customers for taking the time to vote for us; also to our partners and affiliates for spreading the word about the nomination and encouraging their customers to speak up. We are privileged to have had your support for the last five years, and we feel it is a big responsibility keeping our services to the highest standard.
In celebration, Real Russia are delighted to make a contribution to our chosen charity, The Life Route. The donation will help the charity to continue their excellent work.
Talking about the award ceremony, our team, including the Operations Director Eugene Kharisov, Sales Supervisor Alla Menshikova and our Account Manager Natasha Zhukova, attended the prestigious ceremony in St Petersburg on 30th September 2017, with hundreds of giants from the travel industry from across the region in attendance.
The venue was absolutely gorgeous – the Marble Hall of the Russian Museum of Ethnography situated in the neighbourhood of the Mikhailovsky Palace. The Marble Hall is one of the most remarkable rooms of this museum, made in the Greco-Roman peristyle. The cladding is completely made of Karelian pink marble. The inner room is enclosed in numerous columns supporting the ceiling vaults.
The Marble Hall- the venue of the Gala ceremony
The official after party was held in the ballroom at the luxurious five-star Hotel Astoria, one of the most attractive venues, where the national Russian character matches with the luxury of the high-class hotel. The Astoria was where Hitler planned to hold a victory ball after taking Leningrad, as the city was called during World War Two. Needless to say, this never happened.
The guests enjoing the performance on the stage
We asked Alla about the highlights of the event, ‘The venue impressed me the most. The Marble Hall and the lighting that they created looked fabulous. We all enjoyed a terrific performance of the professional artists (musicians, singers), who were very warmly and sincerely taken by the guests.’
The artists in the traditional Russian costumes
As Eugene Kharisov explained to us, ‘This event was attended by the most successful tourism industry leaders who, through their dedication, got this longed-for reward. Attending there was a good opportunity for us to acquire new contacts and meet the existing partners. The event was organized at the highest level with the participation of local authorities. Guests were invited to a magnificent show with Russian artists and a sumptuous dinner. We hope that our participation in this event will be permanent.’
The interview with Eugene Kharisov
We are especially pleased that the event took place in Russia, for the first time in World Travel Awards history, and that the host city, St Petersburg, in the centenary of the October Revolution, received the award for Europe’s Leading Destination. Famed for its endless canals, baroque palaces and legendary historical figures who called the city home, this eternal city of luxury palaces and fountains, has been the quintessence of Russian history and culture over the last three centuries.
As World Travel Awards Founder and President Graham Cooke said, ‘St Petersburg proved a wonderful host for our Europe Gala Ceremony, and I am sure the city will go on to take its rightful place as a top ranking tourism destination.’
The State Hermitage and St. Isaak Cathedral
If you would like spend a few days exploring the stunning city of St. Petersburg, the imperial and cultural capital of Russia with a rich and dramatic history, let us assist you. Famed around the world as a city of museums and galleries, this 'Venice of the North' can boast over 100 museums, ranging from the State Hermitage, one of the world's most famous galleries, to small museums honoring some of Russia's greatest writers. Step back in time with our St.Petersburg excursions or tours to discover the world-famous sights, including the Peter and Paul Fortress, Church of the Savior on the Blood and other stunning cathedrals, many magnificent palaces around St.Petersburg, or enjoy a boat tour with incredible views of this unique city.
Once again we are proud to be a World Travel Awards winner and would like to thank you all who sent us congratulations on the victory.
Our colleagues, Alla, Eugene and Natasha with the 2017 trophy
Real Russia recently attended the annual Oak FM Pride of Loughborough Awards and was delighted to be voted Business of the Year.
2013 has been a fantastic year for Real Russia, following on from the success of winning Russia’s Leading Travel Agency 2013 at the World Travel Awards, the whole team was thrilled with this latest achievement.
Chris Watkins, Real Russia’s Managing Director, explained “Starting the company in the front room of my family home, we have grown from strength to strength over the last 10 years. Today our understanding of travel within Russia is second to none, a reflection of just how hard our dedicated employees work towards making the customer experience priority number one. To be recognised by the judges is a great honour, as I was born and raised in Loughborough the award is also a huge personal achievement.”
Putting Loughborough on the global business map, the company now has five offices across Europe, including UK and Russia, and over 50 members of staff. From the head office in Loughborough, Real Russia offers comprehensive knowledge and assistance to both tourists and business travellers alike. This understanding and expertise has grown from Chris’s original passion for the country, which is portrayed in the culture of Real Russia and its staff today.
Real Russia's dedicated staff deliver complete support while planning unique itineraries or excursions, booking accommodation, train tickets and rail tours across Russia, arranging local Russian guides and transfers and also managing individual visa applications directly with consulates. If you have any questions regarding travel to, within or beyond Russia do not hesitate to contact a member of our friendly travel team.