OREANDA-NEWS St. Petersburg for the third time has become the world's best destination for cultural tourism.

St. Petersburg is the cultural capital not only of Russia, but also of the whole world. At least for tourists. So decided the jury of the international competition World Travel Awards and called the city on the Neva River the best destination for travelers in the category "Culture".

On December 1, Lisbon hosted the ceremony of awarding the most prestigious tourist award of the planet - World Travel Awards. According to WTA-2018, St. Petersburg was recognized as the World’s Leading Cultural City Destination.

“St. Petersburg has bypassed such world art centers as Paris, London, New York, Rome, Venice, Beijing, as well as Sydney, Quito and Rio de Janeiro,” - reported on the website of the award.

The ceremony itself took place on December 1 in the Portuguese capital Lisbon, which brought together leading representatives of the tourism industry from around the world. Countries, cities, companies and air carriers fought for the title of "most-most", but one of the first places, in the end, went to Russia.

It is known that the award was received by the CEO Congress and exhibition Bureau of the Committee for tourism development of St. Petersburg Andrey Mazarin.

Earlier reported that St. Petersburg was named the best city for philosophical tourism.

At the same time, it is worth noting that the Northern capital is not the first time becoming a cultural capital. St. Petersburg received the championship in this category from the World Travel Awards in 2017 and 2016, which once again emphasizes the status of the city.

The World Travel Awards is the most prestigious award in the field of tourism. The winners are chosen by a professional jury and the audience in several stages according to many criteria: quality of service, guest satisfaction, infrastructure and safety.