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Moscow tops the main category at World Travel Awards

On 27 November, winners of World Travel Awards 2020, probably the biggest awards in the tourism industry, have been announced. For the second year in a row, Moscow topped the category "World's Leading City Destination" having upstaged London, New York, Paris, Saint Petersburg, Rio de Janeiro and other world's major cities.

This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the awards ceremony was held in the format of a live stream from Moscow. It took an hour and unveiled the winners of the major categories, including World's Leading Tourist Attraction, World's Leading Cultural Tourist Attraction, World's Leading Tour Operator, World's Leading Airline, World's Leading Resort, World's Leading Hotel.

In Grand Final 2020 of the highest-estimated World Travel Awards, the Russian capital has been nominated in seven categories. These included World's Leading Business Travel Destination, World's Leading City Break Destination, World's Leading City Destination, World's Leading Cultural City Destination, World's Leading Festival & Event Destination, World’s Leading Heritage Destination and World’s Leading Sports Tourism Destination.

The virtual awards ceremony was streamed from the Flagship Tourist Information Centre in Zaryadye Park and the Central Business Space. Video presentations of Moscow, Maldives, Saint Petersburg and other travel destinations were on display. The winners were congratulated by some reputable representatives of the travel industry and Russian and global celebrities, including director and actor Nikita Mikhalkov, opera singer Khibla Gerzmava, director of the State Hermitage Museum Mikhail Piotrovsky, chess player Sergei Karjakin, director of the European branch of the World Tourism Organization Alessandra Priante and others.

Previously, 2 November, winners of the World Travel Awards Europe 2020 were announced. Moscow topped two categories: Europe's Leading City Destination and Europe's Leading Heritage Destination.

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