Organizers of the most prestigious award in tourism – World Travel Awards – resumed the vote for the European nominees in the competition. It was suspended because of the spread of COVID-19.
Moscow will compete in three categories at the regional level: Europe’s Leading City Destination, Europe’s Leading Festival & Event Destination and Europe’s Leading Heritage Destination, Deputy Moscow Mayor Natalya Sergunina said. In addition, the Moscow Committee for Tourism is a competitor in the category Europe’s Leading City Tourist Board.
“Our city attracts travelers with its rich cultural life, eventful projects, unique architecture and park ensembles. Last year about 60 percent of tourists from non-CIS countries came to Moscow just for cultural and educational purposes,” noted Sergunina.
Votes are being accepted at the official site of the award until 17 August.
The awards presentation for European laureates is expected to be held in Antalya, Turkey on 28 September. And the Grand Final Gala Ceremony will be held in Moscow as a major event in the tourism industry at the end of the year.
The World Travel Awards, established in 1993, is recognised as a major award in tourism and is sometimes referred to as the “tourist Oscar.”
Cities and sites most attractive to tourists are nominated in more than 80 categories. Travel agencies, airlines, resorts and hotels also compete for the award.
Last year Moscow became a World Travel Awards winner in the category World's Leading City Destination.
“In November 2019 Moscow received the World's Leading City Destination award. We edged leading major cities like Paris, London, New York and Lisbon. And this is far from a complete list of our rivals in the category,” said Sergunina.