UNWTO secretary general Taleb Rifai congratulates St Petersburg on World Travel Awards success

The secretary general of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation, Taleb Rifai, has congratulated St Petersburg on its recent success at the World Travel Awards.

The Russian cultural hotspot was recognised with the title of World’s Leading Cultural City Destination by voters at the World Travel Awards during the Grand Final Gala Ceremony in the Maldives earlier this month.

The title is in addition to that of Europe’s Leading Destination, which St Petersburg won for the second year in succession in September.

Commenting on the awards, Rifai said: “I believe St Petersburg deserves both awards; the European award and the international award, particularly when it is connect to culture.

“Cultural assets are one of the most powerful advantages of St Petersburg.

“I believe these awards are well deserved and that St Petersburg should take pride in them.”

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