Russia is steadily becoming a welcoming market for the conduction of congresses thanks to the new congress centers appearing all over the country and significant improvement of the infrastructure. The largest cities, such as Moscow and St. Petersburg offer top-notch congress facilities while a hotel market continues to expand and develop. When we talk about air transportation, Aeroflot airline is working on complete revamp of its image using only the newest Boeing and Airbus aircrafts. All three international airports in Moscow correspond to the highest internationals standards. Also, there is an opportunity of taking a speed train and getting to your location in 30-40 minutes without wasting the time in traffic.
At the moment, there are exciting projects being developed regarding the creation of Convention and Visitors Bureaus (CVBs) in Moscow and St. Petersburg, while Yekaterinburg is the first city to have a Russian CVB.
Thanks to exciting sports events, in particular, the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, the infrastructure is completely renewed in the city. Nowadays, Sochi is a modern resort, which can be visited in summer and winter, filled with international hotels and a modern airport. Also, speed train routes through the city (from the airport and to the capital) provide transportation facilities for not only sports events but also future large events, such as congresses.
Just as in the past, the conduction of FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia will significantly improve the infrastructure, the condition of airports, hotels, and provided services in 9 cities with a population of almost 40 million people.
It is definitely worth taking a look at Russia as a destination for conduction of large congresses, because in addition to great exhibition and high-quality facilities it is a country that provides a huge consumer market with its population of 145 million people.