First Tourist Visit Russia Office was Opened on the basis of ST.PETER LINE Office

The National Tourist Visit Russia office was opened in Helsinki on July, 10.

The National Tourist Visit Russia office, the first one in the history of Russia, was opened in Helsinki on the basis of the representative office of ST. PETER LINE Ferry Company on July, 10.

"We have opened the first national tourist office of the Russian Federation not just in Finland and Scandinavia but the first national tourist office of Russia in the world in general,” said Mrs. Alla Manilova, The Deputy Minister of Culture of Russia, at the official opening ceremony and also called it as a historical event.

“We are absolutely confident of the great success of this project; otherwise we wouldn’t have started it,” emphasized Mrs. Manilova.

ST. PETER LINE ferry company is a partner of Visit Russia office that carrying out year-round cruises between Saint Petersburg, Helsinki, Stockholm, and Tallinn. During 5 years of its operation ST.PETER LINE Company has carried more than 2.5 mln. tourists from 168 countries of the world aboard its ferries. Due to the regular routes foreign tourists can visit Russia for 72 hours without a visa as a ferry passengers.

As Mr. Sergei Kotenev (CEO ST. PETER LINE) noted it is a great privilege for the Company to represent the Russian Federation abroad. “This office will contribute to presentation of Russia as an attractive tourist destination,” said Mr. Kotenev.

Mr.Sergei Korneev, The Deputy Director of Rostourism, agrees with the Head of ST.PETER LINE. “The opening of Visit Russia offices will promote tourist products of the Russian Federation, raise the trust in our tourist service, form a positive image of Russia both abroad and among its domestic audience. Besides, national tourist offices will ensure to timely receipt of relevant and reliable information about new routes and projects,” Mr. Korneev noted.

The task of Visit Russia tourist office in Helsinki will be to inform Scandinavian tourists and travel business operators about Russian tourist products, routes, hotels, museums, and innovations of Russian tourism. It will hold tourist presentations of Russian regions, business meetings of Russian and Finnish travel business, workshops, press conferences, and roundtable discussions. For example, the plans for September 2015 already include a roundtable discussion dedicated to development of the bilateral cooperation between Russia and Finland in the tourism sphere.

The Deputy Minister of Culture of Russia also pointed out the great contribution of ST. PETER LINE to the implementation of the Visit Russia project. “We are grateful to ST. PETER LINE for undertaking a major mission: to represent Russia. The reputation of our partners is absolutely essential for us. In this case the high reputation of ST. PETER LINE – with tourists, tour operators, authorities – has enabled us to rely confidently on our ferry operator, and we highly appreciate this cooperation,” said Mrs. Alla Manilova.

The Visit Russia office designed in a style specially developed for this project, is situated in the center of Helsinki: at the crossroads of the major tourist routes (2 Etelaesplanadi St.). Everyone can get information in English and Finnish about the tourist routes of Russia, Russian museums and hotels as well as a lot of other helpful information. In the long term cooperation with ST.PETER LINE Visit Russia offices may be also opened in Tallinn and Stockholm.