C&I Newsletter, September 2017

The main city of Russia celebrates its 870's anniverssary. Please find the figures and facts about Moscow, news on hotels and exciting team-building activity!

Sincerely,
Helen Isaeva

Moscow: Facts and Numbers

Moscow celebrated City Day on September 9, 2017. On September 9 Moscow, the Russia's capital, celebrated its 870 anniversary. Many exciting events including open air concerts, sports contests and laser shows took place on this day. A lot of street food and drinks were offered to guests during the celebration. The Metro and Central Circle urban railway line stayed open for 24 hours during the weekend. Tverskaya Street was the life and soul of the party. People were able to learn about the city's famous buildings and prominent Muscovites at several outdoor events and parks.
Interesting facts about Moscow:
  • Area of Moscow is 2,511 km². It is the biggest city in Europe.
  • Moscow is Europe's largest city by number of residents. Its permanent population (not counting temporary residents and visitors) is over 12 million people
  • Russian capital has more than 5,000 km of streets and roads
  • Moscow's metro system is the busiest in Europe and the 6th longest in the world, with more than 317 km of subway lines
  • The volume of passenger traffic in the Moscow Transportation Hub is approximately 11.5 billion people
  • Moscow is known as one of the greenest capitals in the world, with over 100 parks and numerous gardens, boulevards and squares. All of green areas are fitted for comfortable recreation and sports
  • 38 % of historical sites of Russia are concentrated in Moscow
  • 200 of Moscow historical sites are on the UNESCO's World Heritage Site list
  • Moscow has an active cultural life. In the Russian capital there are more than 100 theaters and concert halls, more than 100 cinemas, over 600 museums, country estates and art galleries, around 400 leisure and specialty clubs. Russian capital holds more than 500 exhibitions annually
  • There are over 450 sport facilities in Moscow including sports palaces, stadiums, swimming pools, shooting ranges and skating rinks. In 2018 the city will hold the World Football Championship
  • Moscow is a multinational city. It is a home to more than 100 nationalities, the most widespread of which are Russians, Ukrainians, Tatars, Armenians, Azerbaijanis, Jews, Belarusians, Georgians, Uzbeks, and Chechens. In Moscow you can see representatives from all countries of the former USSR

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Hotels News and Special Offers

The Ritz-Carlton Moscow Hotel 5*
One of the most luxurious properties in Moscow The Ritz-Carlton Hotel 5* presents a special offer valid for group bookings.
November and December 2017
Superior Room Euro 180/Euro 226 (Single/Double)
Breakfast in included into the room rate

Complimentary bottle of mineral water in rooms daily, Tea set-up and Nespresso Coffee Machines
Complimentary access to swimming pool, sauna, steam & fitness center
Complimentary Wi-Fi internet access in rooms and public areas
Complimentary shoe shine night service
Mors Welcome Drink at Reception
Complimentary late check out at 14:00
Rooms at the special rates are upon availability and applicable for the new bookings only with condition that 8 rooms materialize.

Lotte Hotel Moscow 5*
This luxury hotel is located in the financial and shopping centre of Moscow, just a 15 minutes' drive from the Red Square, the Kremlin Palace, and the Bolshoi Theatre. Lotte Hotel 5* offers luxurious accommodation combined with ultra-modern facilities. It features two award-winning restaurants and a large spa with an indoor pool. Each room features exquisite interior, is equipped with a safe, mini bar and a special touch panel with functions for lightning, temperature and a TV. Via this gadget guests can also check weather forecast or contact hotel staff. OVO restaurant by Carlo Cracco, the world-famous Michelin-starred chef, offers modern Italian cuisine. OVO is the only restaurant by Carlo Cracco outside of Italy. The SPA center offers more than 300 different therapies, combining traditional Russian and Balinese treatments. There is a state-of-the-art fitness centre with a sauna, hammam and silk bath. Lotte Hotel 5* won an award in 2015 in the annual nomination "The Best Breakfast at Hotel in Europe".

Lotte Hotel St. Petersburg 5*
A fresh new Lotte Hotel St. Petersburg 5* has opened its doors for guests in July 2017 in Saint Petersburg. Located in a refined 1851 mansion facing stately Mariinsky Palace, this upmarket hotel is facing the famous St. Isaac's Cathedral and is a 10 minutes' walk from the State Hermitage Museum.
Elegant rooms come with flat-screen TVs, minibars, coffeemakers and free Wi-Fi. Facilities include a chic Japanese restaurant, an atrium lounge and a rooftop bar. There's also a fitness center, as well as a SPA with an indoor pool and saunas.

Teambuilding: KGB Game

"KGB training" in Moscow
Russia has always been notoriously infamous for its KGB and we offer our guests a chance to participate in a "KGB Training" and experience what it is like to be a spy. This is a teambuilding activity which guarantees a lot of fun and positive emotions.

The brief scenario is as follows:
After dinner on Friday, each participant finds a letter in their room detailing the first mission.
In the morning, the whole group meets in the lobby to be divided into small teams. A KGB agent appears and has a short talk with each team, hands over a folder of instructions and some useful information that should help completion of the mission. (Moscow map, stamps, magnifying glass, Russian money, etc). Each team has to complete its mission by identifying an agent waiting for them at different points and by passing over certain information without arousing the suspicion of the ever watchful secret police. Teams must be very careful, otherwise they will be caught. While completing their missions guests will learn interesting facts about Russia and visit some of the most popular attractions: famous Moscow metro stations, GUM department store, Yuriy Dolgoruky Monument, Head Post Office, Eliseevsky store, Pushkin square.

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