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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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Saturday, Nov. 29


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