St. Petersburg International Hostel Launches New Web Site, Creates New Travel Opportunities

Russia's First International Hostel, Created by Grassroots American/Russian

Partnership, Celebrates New Millennium With Web Site

Full of Traveler Tips and Benefits



Jul 07, 2000, 01:00 ET from The St. Petersburg International Hostel

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, July 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The St. Petersburg
 International Hostel (SPIH), Russia's premiere western-style budget
 accommodation, announced today the launch of its new website (www.ryh.ru).
 Packed with valuable and otherwise hard-to-find information on travel in this
 fascinating and alluring country, it is the one-stop site for anyone thinking
 of a trip to Russia, providing access to a full range of valuable travel,
 cultural and entertainment information and services.
     The site even includes complete descriptions of the Russian Visa Process
 and, since a visa is necessary to enter Russia, www.ryh.ru can be the Russia
 visitor's best friend, helping to make the sometimes-daunting task of getting
 a visa quick and easy.  For those planning to stay at SPIH, the hostel also
 provides the invaluable service of Russian visa support for all of its guests.
     From travelers on a shoestring budget to those with five-star tastes, the
 website helps visitors of all ages prepare to experience as never before the
 beauty, art and culture of historic St. Petersburg and Moscow.
     In addition to on-line hostel reservations services, the site provides
 access to city guides; country guides; arts, cultural and entertainment
 activities; travel safety tips and advisories; and transportation information
 and railway schedules.  You can also find hostelling guides; travelogues;
 weather and news reports; currency converters; an ATM locator; a language
 translator and a range of other vital information and services for the
 experienced or first-time traveler to Russia.
     St. Petersburg International Hostel President Steven R. Caron, commented,
 "While I have seen an upsurge in interest in travel to Russia over the nine
 years I have been here, I've been concerned about the limited availability of
 accurate and useful travel information, as well as the confusion and
 frustration that travelers often face when they embark on a trip to Russia.
 My Russian partners and I opened the St Petersburg Hostel eight years ago to
 provide a traveler- and budget-friendly place to stay and to make travel to
 Russia an easy, memorable and fun experience from start to finish.
     "Our new web site, which is the culmination of several years' work and
 collaboration with a number of travel resources, is a significant step forward
 in expanding on the travel concepts we first established with the hostel,"
 Caron continued.  "We created the site to further simplify the process and
 take the mystery out of traveling to Russia and her neighbor states and to
 encourage travelers of all ages to visit this exciting and beautiful part of
 the world."
 
     About St. Petersburg International Hostel:
     SPIH is a totally renovated and modern facility that has kept its
 pre-revolutionary Russian charm with parquet floors, high ceilings and
 spacious rooms.  It is located directly in the historic city center, just
 five-minutes walk from the metro, the main Moscow Train Station and Nevsky
 Prospect -- Russia's grandest main boulevard, which runs from the majestic
 Hermitage and Palace Square to the Alexander-Nevsky Monastery.
     A delicious breakfast is included with each night's stay.  English movies
 are played nightly.  Unique walking tours of the city occur daily.  Internet
 access is available.  Moscow trips are only a night train away.
     It is also the only hostel to be a member of both Hostelling International
 and Russian Youth Hostels.  These accreditations guarantee each guest
 high-quality budget accommodation and service.
     In 1992 American Steven R. Caron of Laguna Niguel, California and his
 Russian partners were pioneers in bringing high-quality western-style
 accommodation to Russia, which allowed budget travelers to see and experience
 Russia as never before.
     Caron and his partners created the first Russian hostel recognized to meet
 the rigorous standards of Hostelling International, and subsequently
 established and continue to administer the Russian Youth Hostel Association
 (www.hostelling-russia.ru) consisting of a network of hostels throughout
 Russia.
 
     Background Information:
     After graduating with a bachelor's degree in theater and business, from
 the University of Southern California in 1989, Caron left his home in Laguna
 Niguel for Russia.  He began studying Russian theater and culture and the
 language.  During his years living in St. Petersburg, Caron traveled
 extensively throughout the CIS and Eastern Europe.
     On his journeys, he found that hotels for foreigners were very expensive
 and Intourist tours too limited and poorly arranged.  Most foreigners find
 hotels limited in services, frustrating and not up to western standards.
 Caron decided that to offer an inexpensive and service-oriented alternative to
 "Intourist" that would provide a friendly environment and help foster the
 interaction of peoples from varying cultures and encourage feelings of
 goodwill and understanding.  Hence the hostel in St. Petersburg.
     In 1995 the hostel opened Russia's first full-service student and youth
 budget travel agency called Sindbad travel (www.sindbad.ru/en).  Located in
 the hostel Sindbad not only services the hostel's guests but also young
 Russians who want to travel abroad.  Since 1995 Sindbad has expanded with
 offices at the St. Petersburg State University and in other CIS countries like
 Ukraine and Georgia.
     In the future Caron plans to expand the network of hostels and Sindbad
 travel throughout Russia and the rest of CIS.
 
      For Further Information:
      St. Petersburg International Hostel
      3rd Sovetskaya ul., 28
      193036, St. Petersburg
      tel. +7 (812) 329-8018
      fax: +7 (812) 329-8019
      email: ryh@ryh.ru
      web: www.ryh.ru
 
      Sindbad travel
      3rd Sovetskaya ul., 28
      193036, St. Petersburg
      tel. +7 (812) 327-8384
      fax: +7 (812) 329-8019
      email: sindbad@sindbad.ru
      web: www.sindbad.ru/en
 
 

SOURCE The St. Petersburg International Hostel
    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, July 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The St. Petersburg
 International Hostel (SPIH), Russia's premiere western-style budget
 accommodation, announced today the launch of its new website (www.ryh.ru).
 Packed with valuable and otherwise hard-to-find information on travel in this
 fascinating and alluring country, it is the one-stop site for anyone thinking
 of a trip to Russia, providing access to a full range of valuable travel,
 cultural and entertainment information and services.
     The site even includes complete descriptions of the Russian Visa Process
 and, since a visa is necessary to enter Russia, www.ryh.ru can be the Russia
 visitor's best friend, helping to make the sometimes-daunting task of getting
 a visa quick and easy.  For those planning to stay at SPIH, the hostel also
 provides the invaluable service of Russian visa support for all of its guests.
     From travelers on a shoestring budget to those with five-star tastes, the
 website helps visitors of all ages prepare to experience as never before the
 beauty, art and culture of historic St. Petersburg and Moscow.
     In addition to on-line hostel reservations services, the site provides
 access to city guides; country guides; arts, cultural and entertainment
 activities; travel safety tips and advisories; and transportation information
 and railway schedules.  You can also find hostelling guides; travelogues;
 weather and news reports; currency converters; an ATM locator; a language
 translator and a range of other vital information and services for the
 experienced or first-time traveler to Russia.
     St. Petersburg International Hostel President Steven R. Caron, commented,
 "While I have seen an upsurge in interest in travel to Russia over the nine
 years I have been here, I've been concerned about the limited availability of
 accurate and useful travel information, as well as the confusion and
 frustration that travelers often face when they embark on a trip to Russia.
 My Russian partners and I opened the St Petersburg Hostel eight years ago to
 provide a traveler- and budget-friendly place to stay and to make travel to
 Russia an easy, memorable and fun experience from start to finish.
     "Our new web site, which is the culmination of several years' work and
 collaboration with a number of travel resources, is a significant step forward
 in expanding on the travel concepts we first established with the hostel,"
 Caron continued.  "We created the site to further simplify the process and
 take the mystery out of traveling to Russia and her neighbor states and to
 encourage travelers of all ages to visit this exciting and beautiful part of
 the world."
 
     About St. Petersburg International Hostel:
     SPIH is a totally renovated and modern facility that has kept its
 pre-revolutionary Russian charm with parquet floors, high ceilings and
 spacious rooms.  It is located directly in the historic city center, just
 five-minutes walk from the metro, the main Moscow Train Station and Nevsky
 Prospect -- Russia's grandest main boulevard, which runs from the majestic
 Hermitage and Palace Square to the Alexander-Nevsky Monastery.
     A delicious breakfast is included with each night's stay.  English movies
 are played nightly.  Unique walking tours of the city occur daily.  Internet
 access is available.  Moscow trips are only a night train away.
     It is also the only hostel to be a member of both Hostelling International
 and Russian Youth Hostels.  These accreditations guarantee each guest
 high-quality budget accommodation and service.
     In 1992 American Steven R. Caron of Laguna Niguel, California and his
 Russian partners were pioneers in bringing high-quality western-style
 accommodation to Russia, which allowed budget travelers to see and experience
 Russia as never before.
     Caron and his partners created the first Russian hostel recognized to meet
 the rigorous standards of Hostelling International, and subsequently
 established and continue to administer the Russian Youth Hostel Association
 (www.hostelling-russia.ru) consisting of a network of hostels throughout
 Russia.
 
     Background Information:
     After graduating with a bachelor's degree in theater and business, from
 the University of Southern California in 1989, Caron left his home in Laguna
 Niguel for Russia.  He began studying Russian theater and culture and the
 language.  During his years living in St. Petersburg, Caron traveled
 extensively throughout the CIS and Eastern Europe.
     On his journeys, he found that hotels for foreigners were very expensive
 and Intourist tours too limited and poorly arranged.  Most foreigners find
 hotels limited in services, frustrating and not up to western standards.
 Caron decided that to offer an inexpensive and service-oriented alternative to
 "Intourist" that would provide a friendly environment and help foster the
 interaction of peoples from varying cultures and encourage feelings of
 goodwill and understanding.  Hence the hostel in St. Petersburg.
     In 1995 the hostel opened Russia's first full-service student and youth
 budget travel agency called Sindbad travel (www.sindbad.ru/en).  Located in
 the hostel Sindbad not only services the hostel's guests but also young
 Russians who want to travel abroad.  Since 1995 Sindbad has expanded with
 offices at the St. Petersburg State University and in other CIS countries like
 Ukraine and Georgia.
     In the future Caron plans to expand the network of hostels and Sindbad
 travel throughout Russia and the rest of CIS.
 
      For Further Information:
      St. Petersburg International Hostel
      3rd Sovetskaya ul., 28
      193036, St. Petersburg
      tel. +7 (812) 329-8018
      fax: +7 (812) 329-8019
      email: ryh@ryh.ru
      web: www.ryh.ru
 
      Sindbad travel
      3rd Sovetskaya ul., 28
      193036, St. Petersburg
      tel. +7 (812) 327-8384
      fax: +7 (812) 329-8019
      email: sindbad@sindbad.ru
      web: www.sindbad.ru/en
 
 SOURCE  The St. Petersburg International Hostel