"This prestigious award proves that the development of the tourism industry in St. Petersburg is of a high level. We are proud of the recognition by the international community and of the fact that St. Petersburg became the tourism capital not only of Russia, but also for Europe," said the head of St. Petersburg’s Tourism Development Committee Andrey Mushkaryov.
Last year, St. Petersburg claimed the title of Europe’s leading destination becoming the first Russian city to win this category in the award’s 23-year history. It triumphed over Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, London, Paris and others from a list of 13 nominees.
The ceremony rewarding leaders in tourism, airlines, hotel and hospitality sectors took place in Sardinia.
It was also announced that St. Petersburg will host the World Travel Awards to Russia for the first time in 2017.
“Saint 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.
The european ceremony of the World Travel Awards will be held in St.Petersburg in 2017.