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Tour operators to check St Petersburg’s readiness for receiving football fans

March 28, 4:49 UTC+3 St PETERSBURG

The committee for tourism believes the FIFA World Cup 2018 will draw from 400,000 to 2 million fans and tourists to the city

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St PETERSBURG, March 28. /TASS/. Tour operators and members of sports associations, who have gathered here for the 8th inter-industry week titled ‘St Petersburg: Russia’s Cultural, Tourist and Football Capital. A City on the Threshold of FIFA World Cup’, are expected to assess the standards of hospitality industry and the condition of sport facilities in the city.

Officials at the St Petersburg government’s committee for tourism told TASS designing of signature style for the World Cup 2018 championship, proposals for the business program of the Confederations Cup and the World Cup, and the plans for holding a sports forum in St Petersburg will the central issues for discussion at roundtables and expert sessions.

"The plenary session will be devoted to assessing the readiness of the city for the World Cup," a spokesperson for the organizing committee said. "Experts will assess the stages of readiness of sports facilities, the transport infrastructure, urban development, security, the functioning of fan zones, volunteer’s assistance, and other aspects."

The chairman of the city’s committee for tourism, Andrei Mushkaryov told TASS earlier, St Petersburg hotels had the stock of certified guest rooms for about 30,000 people while the minimum requirement was the rooms for 7,500 people. The city tour industry is full ready for hosting the World Cup, he said.

The city authorities are planning specialized training courses for the personnel of about 600 cafes and restaurants located near the sites where World Cup games will be held. The national association of cookery experts has made public its plans to devise a special menu for the World Cup that will help the guests to familiarize themselves with Russia’s culinary tradition.

The committee for tourism believes the FIFA World Cup 2018 will draw from 400,000 to 2 million fans and tourists to the city.

The World Cup events will last from June 14 through to July 15, 2018, and will embrace twelve stadiums located in eleven Russian cities - Moscow, St Petersburg, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Yekaterinburg, Samara, Sochi, and Rostov-on-Don.

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