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Moscow Wins World Travel Awards 2019 as World's Leading Destination City

Moscow wins 'tourism Oscar,' overtaking Paris, London, NYC & others as world's top city destination


Moscow: World Travel Awards 2019, WinnerThe Russian capital has beaten stiff competition to emerge as this year's 'World's Leading City Destination.'

Moscow triumphed over the British and French capitals, as well as 16 other cities, including St. Petersburg.

The World Travel Awards red carpet ceremony took place in Muscat (Oman), awarding leaders in the tourism, airline, hotel and hospitality sectors.

According to Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin, almost 20 million tourists have already visited Moscow this year.

Russia's flagship carrier Aeroflot also made the WTA's 2019 winners list by being named both 'World's Leading Airline Brand' and 'World's Leading Airline - Business Class.'


The most prestigious travel award in the world, the WTA was established in 1993 to reward excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry. 

In 2015, St. Petersburg became the first Russian city to win the title of Europe's leading destination in the award's 25-year history.

Since then, the city has won the title several times, and has twice been named the 'leading cultural city destination.'