Russian tourist flow to Cuba increased by 50% in 2016
“More than 65 thousand Russian tourists visited Cuba in 2016, which is 50% higher than a year earlier”, - said in the Association of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR) on Friday. "In 2017 the number of Russian tourists may return to pre-crisis indicators. More than 70 thousand citizens of the Russian Federation can visit Cuba. So far, in the modern history of the Russian-Cuban tourist relations the most successful year for Cuba is 2012, when the country was visited by about 87 thousand Russians", - said in a statement of ATOR. The Russian tour operators are noting an increase in demand for this destination: all the tours for the New Year holidays in Cuba were sold. The demand is maintained during all the off-season too - the statement says. Tour operators believe that this destination may remain in an uptrend. The interest to Cuba has increased: the strengthen of the ruble, the reduction of tariffs for regular services, as well as the fact that the area is a year-round - all of this contribute to this trend. However, the success will depend on the demand for mass directions.
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.