St. Petersburg, the best cultural destination in the world ... third year in a row!

St. Petersburg, the best cultural destination in the world ... third year in a row!

Russia's northern capital, St. Petersburg, has been named the world's most important cultural destination for the third year in a row. The award is traditionally offered by the World Travel Awards (WTA).

BUCHAREST, Dec. 8 - Sputnik. St. Petersburg, which again justified Russia's cultural capital position, has triumphed over Beijing, London, New York, Paris, the capital of Ecuador's Quito, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, Sydney and Venice.

The ceremony on the red carpet took place in the Portuguese capital, Lisbon. The WTA awards annually to leaders in the tourism, airline, hotel and hospitality sectors. It is considered the most prestigious award program in the tourism industry. The WTA was founded in 1993 and includes an international jury of experts, mainly from the World Travel and Tourism Council.

St. Petersburg has become the most important cultural destination in the world in both 2016 and 2017. In 2015, the WTA jury awarded the northern city the title of main destination of Europe. Earlier this year, the city won the title of best cruise destination in Europe.

St. Petersburg, which houses the Hermitage Museum and the Mariinsky Ballet, is at the center of the prestigious prize for its exceptional rich history, centuries-old traditions and bright future.

The cultural capital of Russia is amazingly attractive to tourists. The city is one of the most visited by national and international tourists. In 2017, St. Petersburg was visited by 7.2 million people, compared with 6.9 million tourists in the previous year, according to the latest data of the city's tourism committee, reports RT.

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