Event planner's guide to Moscow

The Russian capital offers a mix of history and culture for groups, and is investing in infrastructure, with several new hotel openings.

Getting there: Moscow has three international airports: Domodedovo, Sheremetyevo and Vnukovo, all of which are connected to the city centre by train. The majority of foreign visitors need to obtain a visa to get to Russia.

Getting about: Moscow has a humid continental climate which is much like the climate in some countries of Northern Europe. An average temperature in March is about 0°C, in July, it is around 23°C. There are twelve metro lines and 188 stations and the metro is laid out in a radial pattern. Traffic can be bad in central Moscow so the metro can be handy. 

Incentive options: Groups can take a tour of some of Moscow's highlights, including The Kremlin, Red Square, Bolshoi Theatre and Tverskaya Street, the main street in Moscow, with an eclectic mix of architecture combining medieval side streets and courtyards and 21st century building projects.

Arts & Culture: The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts displays works by foreign artists, while The State Tretyakov Gallery houses one of the largest world’s collections of Russian fine arts including ancient icons, paintings by famous artists, sculptures and graphics.

Where to stay: Moscow has a good selection of four- and five-star establishements, with many of the major hotel brands represented. Latest hotel openings include the Doubletree by Hilton, which offers 270 rooms and meeting space for 1,120 guests and Four Seasons Hotel Moscow, which offers 180 rooms and suites and 1,405sqm of event space. 

Visit C&IT's Moscow Destination Guide here

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