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.