Vladimir Putin has lifted sanctions on Russian travellers visiting Turkey. The Russian president effectively barred holidaymakers visiting the tourism hotspot last year after Turkey shot down a Russian military jet. Turkey had claimed the jet had violated its airspace.
UK investigators are working under the assumption a bomb was placed on board a Russian airliner which crashed in Egypt. According to reports from the BBC, UK government officials suspect a device was placed in the hold shortly before take-off. The UK government has suspended all flights to and from the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh as a result.
The British Council and the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs have announced the biggest ever programme of UK cultural projects to take place across Russia and an unprecedented showcase of Russian culture in the United Kingdom. The 2014 UK-Russia Year of Culture will celebrate the rich and diverse cultural heritage of both countries.
Looking to tap into one of the fastest growing outbound travel markets in the world, a group of major tourism businesses from across the UK will head to Russia today as part of a VisitBritain led trade mission. It is hoped the national tourism agency-sponsored mission will allow the UK to capitalise on the world’s ninth most valuable tourism source market.
American billionaire Ronald Lauder of the Estée Lauder cosmetics empire is to embark on a $2bn venture with the Moscow city government to manage and upgrade dozens of the capital’s hotels in time for Russia hosting the 2014 Winter Olympics.