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Exploring the UK: Hartwell House and Spa Hotel

If you came to the UK and want to explore British county side, there is no better place to start with than Buckinghamshire, with its lovely Hartwell House & Spa Hotel.

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Balancing Russian's Tourism Deficit: A Report on the Future of the Industry

By Simon Vincent, Area President, Europe, Hilton Worldwide

Tourism in Russia has grown rapidly. Fuelled by the country’s strong economy, rich history and vast geography, both outbound and inbound tourism have flourished. Russia has one of the biggest outbound travel markets in the world, registering over 40 million outbound tourists last year, with growth predicted to continue. Inbound tourism has also been on the rise with over 22 million international tourist arrivals in 2011, an increase of 11% on the previous year. Russia is therefore an important market and has been identified as a key growth area by Hilton worldwide, with more hotel openings planned in Russia over the next few years than anywhere else in Europe.

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A Study in Green or Meet Bashkiria

The Republic of Bashkortostan is rightly called the Pearl of the Southern Urals. It spreads its mellow lands between the river Volga in the West and the Ural Mountains in the South. Sports, well-being and outdoor adventure are the three pillars of Bashkiria’s tourism and hospitality industry. Today Olga Lesyk, aided by a local person, will hit the high spots of this multicultural region famous for its recreational resources.

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From Varyag to Gulag: And other Tales from the North-West

Having lived in St Petersburg for about 7 years, I haven’t seen much of it or North-West Russia than I have done of, say, Wales. I hear it’s lovely in Wales, but all I’ve done so far is visit Cardiff. The same applies to St Petersburg and the vicinity. In hindsight, I regret missing out on unique travels offered by Russia’s western-most region.

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At World’s End: The Beauty and Perils of the Russian Far East

A rather unstable climate, sea-filled air, coastal line strewn with sea griddle and local fishermen with barrels of red caviar are all the unmistakable signs of the Russian Far East, a great territory noted for its Wild Nature and a mythic distance from the Federal centre. When Moscow goes to sleep, the Far East goes to work. This alien world is definitely Russia’s most exotic destination. Together with her friends from the Far East Olga Lesyk explores this rough and diverse region for RussianMind travel potential.

On the Verge of the Sea

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Sambir, Ukraine: Recipe for a Perfect Day Out

We have previously dwelt on the flamboyant geographical location that is Western Ukraine and its capital Lviv. So before you book your flights there, here’s a retrospective destination idea to make the most of your stay in Lviv and its vicinity.

Weather permitting, visit a town called Sambir on the river Dniester for a picnic out in the wilds. You will love walking down the quiet streets of this ‘provincial paradise’, alongside ‘doll houses’ with their lavish gardens and flower patches. Most homes have raspberry bushes lining their fences, so treat yourself to some berries, if you see any. That’s what I used to do when I was a kid on my family visits - this is where my father and his extended family came from.

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The Land of Contrasts: An Intro to Western Siberia

The Land of Contrasts: An Intro to Western Siberia

For the first time in my life Ded Moroz (the Russian Santa) got my letter and gave me lots of snow for New Year’s Eve and the Russian Orthodox Christmas (January 6th). Spending my winter holidays in Western Siberia may also have helped!

Untypically for this region, spreading from the Ural mountains in the West to the river Yenisey in the East, the weather has been rather mild, averaging -14C, which is nothing compared to the cold winters I remember from childhood (up to -56C in the year 2000).

The beauty of the Western Siberian climate is extremely cold (proper) winters and very hot summers. The two things I’m missing most in the UK.

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St Petersburg: What to Do in the Northern Venice this Winter?

There is hardly a person who has not heard of the beauty of St Petersburg, Russia’s ‘cultural’ and northern most capital. The picturesque bridges, canals and the lush green of its’ many gardens are all so attractive under the fickle northern sun. But what about in the harsh and long winter months? This is the time to discover the festive side of the city, provided you are dressed accordingly.

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Where Ukraine Meets the West: Why Lviv is a Tourist Must-See

I went to Lviv and first stop was to go to the “Kavyarna” cafe for a cup of famous Ukrainian coffee. I realised then that I was lost and started looking for a friendly face to guide me. The ‘victim found’, I blurt out something in Russian and – hey presto – they reply to me, without pretending they don’t speak my language. What a difference from the 1990’s. With the coming Euro 2012, where Lviv is among the 4 Ukrainian cities co-hosting the games, the town has been transformed into what it was designed to be – a multi-lingual cultural centre of Western Ukraine and the transformation is ongoing.