Cancun has become very popular among Russian tourists
“By the end of the year, more than 41 thousand Russian tourists come to Mexico”, said at the tourism office in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. Recall, that such a forecast at the end of December was made by the Ambassador of the United Mexican States, Norma Pensado. However, according to the executive director of the office, Andreas Reynoso, the results may be more impressive. “As soon as there appear more charter flights, an increase in the flow immediately will take place,” he explained. ANEX Tour operator, which last year failed to fully implement the own flight program to Mexico, transports tourists to Cancun twice a week from the end of October. Pegas Touristik has increased the number of seats by 50% with the same frequency of flights (once in 10-11 days). Mr. Reynoso found it difficult to give exact figures, but noted that in general for all markets, the increase in tourist flow to Mexico is about 8% compared with last year's figures. From the end of January ANEX Tour adds another flight, which means that this winter season will be much better than the previous one. According to Andreas Reynoso, the tourism office spent about 3-4 million dollars to promote the destination in the country. ANEX Tour confirms: Mexico sales are going well, the depth reaches February. “However, it is unlikely that it will be possible in the near future to achieve the record figures that were in 2013, when more than 100 thousand tourists from Russia visited the country”, says Alfonso Nieto, the general director of the Caribbean department of ANEX Tour. Since the crisis began, the number of holidaymakers who can afford this destination has noticeably decreased. “Everything very much depends on the economic situation, but I think that in two years the Russian market will take its place in Mexico once again,” Alfonso Nieto suggested. We may add that the price of a 10-day tour to Cancun for two persons, with departure in the second half of January, at 4-star hotel, on the basis of BB starts from 140 thousand Rubles ($ 1,680). This is slightly more expensive than the neighboring Cuba or the Dominican Republic, where for 120 thousand Rubles ($ 1,598) you can count on full board.
Yury Mishchenko, graduated from Moscow Institute of Foreign Languages, has more than 15 years experience in tourism and travel. Working both in tour operator company as destination manager, and in travel agency as sales manager, he is focused on analysis of Russian tour operators’ daily routine. Recently, Yury works in Baginet Marketing and Sales Agency.