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North Caucasus Tourism Boost

The seaside resort town of Sochi, with its many mineral spas and beautiful beaches, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Russia. It was also recently the venue for the 10th Annual Sochi International Investment Forum – an important economic conference with foreign investors, Russian commercial elite and Russian authorities discussing large scale international agreements for the development of sustainable tourism in the spectacular North Caucasus region.


Hotel Groups Meet Demand in Russia

With an increasing number of travelers discovering the wealth of cultural, historical and natural treasures Russia has on offer, international hotel chains Hyatt and InterContinental have announced plans to significantly increase their presence in this fascinating tourist destination by building 100 hotels by 2020. InterContinental has already put plans in motion for the building of new hotels in Russia, with InterContinental Moscow Tverskaya set to open its doors in November. With 186 luxury rooms and 19 exclusive suites, the hotel is located within walking distance of some of the city's most iconic attractions, such as Red Square and the Kremlin, while also being close to the central business district, making it the perfect accommodation choice for both business and leisure.


Russia Plans to Launch Space Hotel

Mankind has long been fascinated with the mysteries of the universe. In the mid to late 20th century rapidly advancing technology allowed man to begin exploring this fascinating unknown entity and the so-called 'space race' between the two super powers of the time – the USSR and the United States – developed in a quest for supremacy of the skies. In 1990, during the NASA Voyager 1 space mission, a photograph was taken of the earth from a distance of around six billion kilometers away. This photograph came to be known as the "Pale Blue Dot" with earth appearing as a small speck within the vastness of space. Technology has come a long way since then, and while until now space travel has been reserved for astronauts and a few very wealthy civilians, a Russian company is set to change that with their ambitious plan to build a space hotel. Adventurers who can afford the hefty price tag of around US$1 million will have the opportunity of seeing our unique planet from a seldom seen viewpoint of around 350 kilometers from earth, where the view reveals that the Pale Blue Dot is truly a priceless gem.


Theme Park Coming to Russia

The Russian government has been channeling funds into various regions of the country to develop the tourism industry, but as yet Kaliningrad has been overlooked. Recently the news that a Disneyland theme park will be developed here has the entire region stirring with excitement. The proposal, which was put together by Governor Nikolai Tsukanov, has been approved by President Dmitry Medvedev, opening the door to the construction of the largest theme park in the country.


Heixiazi Island: Russia-China Ecotourism Initiative

Heixiazi Island is located at the confluence of the Ussuri and Amur Rivers, which form a natural border between Russia and China. The ongoing issue of rightful ownership of this strip of sedimentary land has finally been resolved, in a move that will benefit both Russia and China, as well as the resident wildlife and environmentally conscious tourists. The decision has been taken to divide the island from north to south, share it between the two countries and turn it into an eco-tourism destination. In November 2010, authorities from both countries issued a joint statement in which they pledged to cooperate in developing Heixiazi Island, with the ultimate goal of creating an eco-tourism destination where citizens of both Russia and China can visit without visas.


Host of 2016 IIHF World Championship

The International Ice Hockey Federation is responsible for the organizing of the Ice Hockey World Championships. The federation was established in 1908. In 1910 the European Championships were hosted, while the tournament was only recognized as an official event in 1920, during the Summer Olympics. The IIHF World Championship was held as an independent event for the first time in 1930. There are now different divisions to the championships and it usually feature approximately sixteen teams that participate in the tournament. With each event the venue changes, and for the upcoming 2016 IIHF World Championships the tournament will be hosted in Russia.


Russia at the Eurovision Song Contest

Embracing the universal language of music, the Eurovision Song Contest first took place in Lugano, Switzerland, in 1956, and has grown to include participants from 43 countries, with Russia being among them. Performing the song Get You, Alexey Vladimirovich Vorobyov (aka Alex Sparrow) will be representing his home country at the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Düsseldorf in May.


Space Tourism 2013

The dream to visit outer space is an adventure only few can enjoy, and most of the time that privilege falls to trained astronauts. For a while, people who were able to afford this wonderful adventure could enjoy a trip to the International Space Station, but since 2009, this facility has not been available. Recently, an announcement was made that the United States tour company Space Adventures and Russia have been in negotiations, and will re-open this journey in the year 2013. This news will not only benefit everyone involved but be a new beginning for Space Tourism as an industry.

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