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The Winners of “Golden Meridian 2008” Russian Travel Awards were declared at the Awards Gala

The best of the best in tourism gathered together at the “Golden Meridian 2008” Russian Travel Awards Gala, which took place in Central House of Businessman (Moscow) on June 24.

At the Gala the following Awards Winners were announced:

Best Russian Airline: Aeroflot — RA
Best Foreign Airline: Emirates
Best Regional Airline: KD avia
Best Russian Chain Travel Agency: Master Otdykha (Master of Leisure) Best Russian VIP Travel Agency: Sodis
Best Business Travel Agency in Russia: American Express
Best Business Hotel in Russia: Swissotel Krasnye Holmy 5* (Moscow)
Best Russian Regional Travel Agency: BonTour (St Petersburgh) Best Russian Extreme Travel Agency: Astravel (Moscow)
Best Resort Hotel in Russia: Le Meridien Moscow Country Club (Moscow Region)
Best Health Resort Hotel in Russia: Barvikha (Moscow Region, Barvikha)
Best Hotel in Greece: Blue Palace Resort &Spa 5*
Best Hotel in Turkey: Rixos Tekirova 5*
Best Hotel in China: Grand Hyatt Shanghai 5*
Best Hotel in Egypt: Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh 5*
Best Hotel in Italy: Carlton Hotel Baglioni 5*
Best Hotel in Bulgaria: Kempinski Hotel Zografski Sofia 5*
Best Hotel in Germany: Grand Hyatt Berlin 5*
Best Hotel in Austria: Le Meridien Vienna 5*
Best Hotel in UK: Royal Garden 5*
Best Hotel in Finland: Radisson SAS Plaza 5*
Best Hotel in Thailand: Banyan Tree Phuket 5*
Best Hotel in Poland: Sheraton Warsaw Hotel & Towers 5*
Best Hotel in United Arab Emirates: Burj Al Arab 5*
Best Hotel in France: Le Bristol 5*
Best Hotel in Cyprus: Le Meridien SPA & Resort 5*
Best Hotel in Croatia: Croatia 5*
Best Hotel in Czech Republic: Savoy 5* Prague
Best Hotel in Tunisia: Hasdrubal Thalassa 5*
Best Hotel in Spain: Gran Hotel Bahia del Duque Resort 5*
Best Hotel in Montenegro: The Queen of Montenegro 4*
Opening of the Year: Grecotel Amirandes 5* (Greece, Create)

The Ambassadors of Croatia and of Bulgaria as well as the Consul of Greece were present at the Awards Gala. The others were TOP-Managers of national touristic offices, CEO’s of the leading Russian tour operators (among the guests were mentioned Inna and Igor Beltyukov – CAPITAL TOUR, Marina Tsrkova- Tourbazer, Eugenia Konkol – Spectrum, Andrey Kuznetsov – Yuzhny Krest, Taras Kobishanov – Russian Express, Dmitry Gorin – Inna Tour, Andrey Doroshenko – Zdravkurort, etc.), airlines representatives – Irina Dannenberg (Aeroflot Russian Airlines), Leonid Itskov (KD Avia), Alexei Sadovsky (Ural Arilines), Vladimir Proskurin (IATA), representatives of travel agencies, Russian and foreign hotels, public figures and popular TV presnters Mikhail Kozhukhov, Daria Subbotina, Anastasia Chernobrovina as well as mass media and journalists.

Entertainment part of the Gala as well as a round-the –world cock-tail were organized under support of national touristic offices of Catalonia, Greece, Finland, Bulgaria, Hong Kong and Croatia.
The ceremony began with the performance of national Spanish ensemble conducted by Luis Garcia. The others were national Greek dancing ensemble headed by Tatiana Chernaya and musical theatre of Russian Theater Academy, prof Georgy Ansimov workshop, which performed with the piece from “Kalevala” (famous Finnish epos)

“According to our guests and participants opinion the Awards were established just in time – number of Russian tourists dynamically grows up every year, - said Olga Pyanova, Chief Executive of “Golden Meridian 2008” Russian Travel Awards. – We are sure that Golden Meridian becomes a sort of quality mark for Russian tourists”.

797 companies participated in “Golden Meridian 2008” Russian Travel Awards, all which worked with Russian tourists in season Summer ’07/Winter ‘08
All “Golden Meridian 2008” winners have to pass 2-staged selection process:
I Stage. All-Russian voting - March 28 – May 15, 2008;
II Stage. The Expert Council voting - May 20 – 30, 2008.
The Expert Council 2008 members are:
Andrey Dubrovsky, Chairman of the Expert Council, "National Geographic Russia" Magazine, Chief Editor
Inna V. Beltyukova, "Capital Tours", General Director  
Vladimir B. Vorobiev, "Natalie Tours", President
Dmitry L. Gorin, "Inna Tour", General Director 
Andrey P. Doroshenko, "Zdravkurort", President
Nelli T. Ionkina, "Ital Travel", General Director 
Vladimir V. Kaganer, "TEZ Tour", General Director
Andrey Y. Kalmykov, "Sunrise Tour", General Director
Taras Y. Kobistchanov, "Russian Express", General Director
Eugenia B. Konkol, "Spectrum" Group of Companies, President 
Andrey V. Kuznetsov, "Yuzhny Krest" ("Southern Cross"), President 
Eduard N . Kuznetsov , “UTE Megapolus”, President
Elena V. Markelova, "Balkan Express", General Director  
Oleg V. Ostroumov, "Vand International Tour", Deputy Director 
Anna A. Podgornaya, "Pegas Touristik", General Director 
Elena G. Sadkova, "Firma NEVA", Deputy Director
Vera I. Toropovskaya, "Lovely Tours", General Director 
Marina S. Tsarkova, "Tourbazar", General Director 
Svetlana S. Alekseeva, Chief Editor of "Voyazh I Otdykh" (Voyage and Leisure) Magazine
Alexander Gordiets, Chief Editor of "Tourprom" Informational Group
Sergey A. Dundin - Chief Editor of  "Turizm I Otdykh" (Tourism and Leisure) Magazine
Peter Mansiglia-Kruz, Chief Editor of "Afisha.Mir" Magazine
Andrey Ponkratov, Presenter of "Vokrug Sveta" ("Around the World") Program on "Russia" TV-Channel
Voting results processing and Award winners selection are controlled by an Independent Auditor – KPMG Auditing Company.
“Striking a balance of the Awards I would like first of all to thank organizers of the event – all concourse stages were perfectly organized and planed. And the most pleasant thing is that trueness and fairness of the results raise no doubts…. – mentioned Eugenia Konkol, President of Spectrum Group of Companies.
Awards Organizers: MACRO event Communication Agency and Travel@Mail.ru (travel.mail.ru).
Partners: “Atributo” Design Studio, RM Group, Standico and Revolution Studio.
Alcohol Partner: International Winery Trading House
Official Florist: Salvador Gardens

Info Partners: Sarafan TV, Russian Extreme TV Channel, GEO, Turizm and Leisure Magazine, Voyage and Leisure Magazine, DoctorTravel Magazine,  Look&Touch Magazine, JET Magazine, Web-sites: Turizm.ru, “100 Roads” (Tours.ru), Tury.ru, Tour4Vip.ru, VacationClub.ru, ViewTour.ru, Weekend.ru, TravelforLife.ru, RecreationRecources (2r.ru), AviationToday.ru



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