At the end of February, Russian American Consulting Corporation teamed up with VAO Intourist at Discover Adventurous Russia Evening in Washington, D.C. Journalists and members of the media from outlets like National Geographic, Fox 5 News, the Washington Post, and AARP, along with representatives from both travel agencies gathered to discuss and celebrate Russia.
The event was hosted by the Russian Cultural Centre, a gorgeous and elegant building only steps away from DuPont Circle. The centre, which supplies language classes and puts up different shows, aims to spread knowledge about Russian culture in America. By organizing Discover Adventurous Russia Evening, RACC and VAO Intourist hoped to do the same.
The night was highlighted by presentations from CEO of RACC Andrei Shuranov and Regional Director of Intourist Kira Nekrasova. Shuranov’s speech focused on Russia’s affordable prices and perks that the city of Moscow offers. He talked about the over 10 years of experience RACC has in the tourism industry.
Shuranov said he is always trying to encourage people to travel to the country. “It’s time to help Russia,” he said. “I want to convey the message that Russia is a safe place to go and explore. You can go on adventures there and find out about new cultures.”
Nekrasova’s PowerPoint presentation included photos of and information about the Trans Siberian Express, river cruises, customized tours and business traveler services, city tours, and other excursions that VAO Intourist provides. Nina Zharova, VAO Intourist Regional Commercial Director for Europe and North America, said that her company is the only tourism agency that can offer tours on the railroad. She compared it to a cruise, since the trip is 15 days long and passengers are able to stop at and see the sights of the diverse towns along the way. A Q&A session followed, where journalists were encouraged to pose questions and find out even more about travelling to Russia.
The two companies gave an all-expenses-paid trip to Moscow to travel journalist Richard Solash, who coincidentally pulled his own business card out of the fishbowl when drawing the winner. Everyone in attendance dined on delicious Russian cuisine such as pierogies, salads, and salmon eggs while a pianist played Russian classical music by Sergei Rachmaninoff.
Discover Adventurous Russia Evening was a successful event that was the pinnacle of months of hard work and planning from all those involved. By the end of it, people were excited about Russian travel and ready to go explore. Guests enjoyed appetizing fare, listened to beautiful music, and were informed about the activities, history, and culture adventurous Russia is famous for.