Hilton Worldwide plans to open 8 new hotels in Russia before 2014. Hilton Worldwide currently has 3 hotels in the country, in Moscow, Perm and Novosibirsk. The company announced signing 3 more contracts for Moscow (Double tree by Hilton), Yaroslavl (Hilton Garden Inn Yaroslavl) and Kazan (Hilton Garden Inn Kazan).
These three new Hilton Worldwide properties are in addition to a series of other hotels announced earlier in the year for Omsk, Perm, Sochi, Samara and Ulyanovsk. The hotel chain is in negotiations across Russia to open hotels in areas with a population in excess of 500,000.
Moscow city government has banned off-sales of strong alcohol (stronger than 15% ABV) in supermarkets,shops,and kiosks from 10 at night until 10 at the morning in a move that may presage a national ban to counter alcohol abuse. The Moscow move extends a ban introduced in April banning hard liquor sales from 11 at night until 8 in the morning. The ban goes into effect September 1. It does not affect sales in restaurants, clubs and bars. The ban is a boost for brewers who have been campaigning to flip drinkers from vodka to beer but saw sales tumble 10% when excise duty on beer was tripled on January 1.
Russia's record-breaking heatwave looks set to come to a dramatic end, with a severe storm now heading for Moscow after battering St Petersburg. Nearly 100,000 people around St Petersburg were left without power, rail services were halted and trees felled amid high winds and heavy rains.
Taking advantage of a break in the toxic smoke that has choked Moscow for three weeks on Wednesday,Russian firefighting aircraft began dousing wildfires in the Moscow region. The smoke cloud covering the city and reducing visibility to 70 metres was cleared by strong winds after a night thunderstorm brough some relief to the capital.However weather forecasters warned that polluting clouds could return in 24 hours.
Bonhomie for Dudley, hints of a job for Hayward in Moscow
By John Bonar
"And now Mr Dudley is back!" Russia's energy czar, Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin exclaimed with a laugh when he met
BP Plc's new Chief Executive Robert Dudley and his predecessor Tony Hayward on Wednesday. The trio met in the Moscow headquarters of Rosneft, Russia's top oil producer where Sechin is chairman. Despite the acrid smoke fog blanketing Moscow from peat fires smouldering in the surrounding region the three men appeared in good spirits and joked with each other.
Transaero launches flights to Yakutsk; Miami to follow in fall
This summer Transaero launched the first flights in its history to Yakutsk, in Western Siberia, from its hub at Moscow's Domodedovo Airport. Initially flights will be operated twice a week on Mondays and Fridays. Flights between Moscow and Yakutsk will be operated by wide body long haul aircraft Boeing B767 with a capacity of 230 passengers in a three-class configuration. Business class, premium economy with increased seat pitch and better on board menu, tourist economy classes are all available for travelers on this route.
Formula 1 cars race round the Kremlin
The third Bavaria Moscow City Racing show took place around the Kremlin at the weekend.The competition features Formula-1 race cars piloted by the leading teams, McLaren, Mercedes and Renault. Formula-1 drivers Jenson Button the Russian Formula 1 driver, Vitaly Petrov took part in the event.
QBI, a British owned, Russian company which offers Russian market entry and distribution and logistics support services to foreign businesses seeking to enter the Russian market has announced their intention to expand their operations into the UK.