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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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ALL ABOUT TOWN

Wednesday, Oct. 22


English teachers can expect to receive a few useful pointers today from Evgeny Kalashnikov, the British Council regional teacher, during the EFL Seminar this afternoon hosted by the British Book Center. The topic of today’s seminar is “Grammar Practice.”


Young Petersburgers will get the chance to jumpstart their careers at “Professional Growth,” a job fair and forum featuring more than 40 major Russian and international companies vying for potential candidates for future positions. The forum not only is a chance to network but also to learn more about the modern business world and to understand what it takes to get the job you want.



Thursday, Oct. 23


AmCham’s Public Relations Committee meeting is scheduled to meet this morning at 9 a.m. in their office in the New St. Isaac Office Center.


Sportsmen get their chance to stock up on all kinds of gear at the Hunting and Fishing 2014 exhibition starting today at Lenexpo. Everything from rods and reels to boats, motorcycles and equipment for underwater hunting will be on sale so that any avid outdoorsman can always be prepared.



Friday, Oct. 24


SPIBA’s ongoing “Breakfast with the Director” series continues today, featuring Tomas Hajek, Managing Director of the Northwest Division at Danone Russia. Hajek will be discussing collaborations between businesses from different cultures. The meeting is at 9 a.m. at the Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel and all who wish to attend must confirm their participation by Oct. 23.


Get your gong on at “Sounds of the Universe,” a concert at the city planetarium this evening incorporating six different gongs to create relaxing songs that will transport you upwards into the stratosphere. Tickets are 700 rubles ($17).



Saturday, Oct. 25


AVA Expo, the eighth edition of the event revolving around all things pop culture, returns to Lenexpo this weekend. Geeks, nerds, dweebs and dorks will have their chance to talk science fiction and explore a variety of international pop culture. Tickets for the event can be purchased on their website at avaexpo.ru.



Sunday, Oct. 26


Zenit St. Petersburg returns home for the first time in nearly a month as they host Mordovia Saransk in a Russian Premier League game. Currently at the top of the league thanks to their undefeated start to the season, the northern club hopes to extend the gap between them and second-place CSKA Moscow and win the title for the first time in three years. Tickets are available at the stadium box office or on the club’s website.



Monday, Oct. 27


Today marks the end of the art exhibit “Neophobia” at the Erarta Museum. Artists Alexey Semichov and Andrei Kuzmin took a neo-modernist approach to represent the array of fears that are ever-present throughout our lives. Tickets are 200 rubles ($4.90).



Tuesday, Oct. 28


The Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel plays host to SPIBA’s Marketing and Communications Committee’s round table discussion on “Government Relations Practices in Russia” this morning. The discussion starts at 9:30 a.m. and participation must be confirmed by Oct. 24.



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