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City Tour. Canal Cruise.

Published: July 21, 2014 (Issue # 1820)




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The sun, reflected on the water surface and, as its continuation, bright orange umbrellas. This is exactly what both visitors to St. Petersburg and its residents associate with the new City Tour. Canal Cruise from the Astra Marine Group.

The highlight of this project is that after buying a single ticket you can travel all day long on the waterways of the city, getting on and off at stops near the city’s main sights without using ground transportation, thus not getting stuck in traffic.

The project was launched on May 30, 2014, and every day it gains new fans. Attention to the needs of its guests is one of the reasons for the positive attitude towards the project. From the very first day of the City Tour. Canal Cruise, its organizers have been concerned about their clients' opinion. Questionnaires filled in by the guests were not only carefully studied but also used for creating organizational and managerial solutions.

The appearance of bright orange umbrellas in order to protect passengers from the sun and light rain, as well as selling drinks on board, are visual confirmation of this.

As for local residents, the project provides an opportunity to avoid traffic jams while moving around the city center. Keeping to a schedule, not very relevant for tourists, can be a crucial factor when making the decision to use the project’s boats as a mean of transport. The organizers hope that residents will see their project as of a water-bourne underground: convenient, fast and without traffic.

You can check all the merits of the project and make suggestions to improve it every day from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.. Stops are located at the Central Dock, Nevsky Prospekt, the Aurora Cruiser, the Peter and Paul Fortress and Vasilievsky Island. The route and schedule can be found at

Modern management system in daily life!

At the main berth at Spusk co Lvami a new object of staff (Astra Marine Group) interest has appeared. Seemingly, it is an ordinary mailbox, though beautiful. How can it attract employees? And what does it have in common with a modern management system?

For employees it can become an opportunity to help realize their potential and generate additional revenue. This mailbox is used to collect suggestions for improving the company's working conditions, manufacturing processes and the quality of tourist service.

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Wednesday, Sept. 17


AmCham’s Investment and Legal Committee Meeting convenes this morning in their office in the New St. Isaac Office Center at 9 a.m.


Learn more about the science of teaching English at today’s EFL Seminar hosted by the British Book Center. Revolving around the topic of learning styles, the workshop will help attendees better understand the different effective learning methods that can be implemented to learn English more effectively.



Thursday, Sept. 18


Get your nerd on at Boomfest, St. Petersburg’s answer to the United States’ popular ComicCon. Starting today, this international festival of comics will take over venues throughout the city center and includes exhibitions of comics and illustrations, film screenings, competitions and the chance to meet the genre’s authors, artists and experts.



Friday, Sept. 19


SPIBA’s newest addition to their Cultural Discoveries events is “Handmade in Germany,” an exhibition featuring unique handmade objects of a significantly higher quality than mass-produced items. The work of over 100 German manufacturers will be displayed during the event, which opens today in the Lutheran Church of Saint Peter and Paul on Nevsky Prospekt and runs through Sept. 28.



Saturday, Sept. 20


Starting on Sept. 18 and ending tomorrow is the Extreme Fantasy Wakeboarding Festival in Sunpark by Sredny Suzdalskoye lake in the Ozerki region of the city.


Those after something more laid back can instead head to Jazz and Wine night at TerraVino with legendary jazz guitarist Ildar Kazahanov. 12/14 Admiralteyskaya Emb.



Sunday, Sept. 21


Learn more about African culture and get some exercise during today’s “Djembe and Vuvuzela,” a bike ride starting in Palace Square that includes several stops where riders can listen to the music of Africa or watch short films about the continent. The riders plan to set off at 4 p.m. and all you need to join is a set of wheels.



Monday, Sept. 22


Do you love puppetry? If so, then be sure to go to BTK-Fest, a five-day festival that starts on Sept. 19 celebrating the art. Contemporaries from France, Belgium, the U.K. and other countries will join Russian artists to put on theatrical performances involving a variety of themes, materials and eras. Workshops and meetings are also scheduled for a chance to discuss the artistic medium in further depth.



Tuesday, Sept. 23


Marina Suhih, Director of the External Communications Department at Rostelecom North-West, and Yana Donskaya, HR Director for Northern Capital Gateway are just some of the confirmed participants of today’s round table discussion on “Interaction with Trade Unions” being hosted by SPIBA. Confirm your attendance with SPIBA by Sept. 22.


Kino Expo 2014, an international film industry convention, will be at LenExpo from today until Sept. 26. The third largest exhibition of film equipment in the world, the expo focuses on not only Russia but former Soviet republics as well.



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