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Cuba plans to host 130 thousand Russian tourists in 2018
In the new winter season tour operators are significantly expanding their charter flight programs to Cuba. The Tourism Adviser of the Embassy of Cuba in Russia Edilberto Riveron Leon told about the reasons of the noticeable growth of the Russian tourist flow, the forecasts for the upcoming winter season and new priorities in tourism strategy.
Russian airlines will increase air transportation to Caribbean direction
The NordWind airline asked Rosaviatsia for permission for regular flights from Moscow to the Cuban cities of Santa Clara and Camagüey, the frequency in both cases - twice a week. As Anna Pidgornaya the General Director of Pegas Touristik explained the tour operator intends to use these flights in tour packages to Cuba in winter season - 2018/2019.
Tourist Cuba: the results for a quarter
“According to the results of the first 4 months of 2018, the Russian tourist flow to Cuba grew by 25% in comparison with the same period of 2017”, - reported the embassy of the country. According to tour operators, the direction will can maintain a good demand this summer.
The Russian tourist flow to Cuba grew by 20%
In the 1st quarter of 2018 the number of search requests for tours to Cuba also increased sharply. Analysts say that if the trend continues, we can expect new records this year. According to the tourism adviser of the Embassy of the Republic of Cuba in Moscow, Mr. Edilberto Riveron Leonm for the 2.5 months of this year (as of March 15) 30,578 Russians visited Cuba.
Cuba: the results of the last year
“The Russians in 2017 made 75 thousand trips to Cuba, which is 67% more than a year earlier”, - reported the press service of Rosturizm. The department noted that the number of tourist trips of Cubans to Russia also increased and amounted 29 thousand for the same period, which is 12% more against 2016.
Tour operators expect further growth of demand for Varadero
Varadero resort finished 2017 with a record 1.7 million foreign tourists. The Russian incoming market was among the three most active ones. In 2017 the Russian tourist traffic to Cuba for the first time exceeded 100 thousand people (+67% against 2016) which is a historical maximum.
Tourist flow from Russia to Cuba year doubled for the first half of the year
“Over 52 thousand Russian tourists visited Cuba in January-June 2017, which is 2.2 times more than a year ago”, - reports Association of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR) with reference to the data of the Cuban Ministry of Tourism in Russia. In total, Cuba for six months hosted 3 million foreign tourists, exceeded by 24% the level of the same period of 2016. Representatives of Cuban tourism connect the growth of the Russian tourist traffic with the stabilization of ruble exchange rate and with the growth of air transportation, first of all – charter flights.
Flights to Cuba will be more
Since October 5, a direct charter program from Moscow to Cuban island Cayo Coco will begin. The customer is tour operator - ANEX Tour, Azur Air airline will carry out the transportation, the frequency of flights is every 10 day. The tours on the basis of this air transportation are already appeared in the online booking system of the company.
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.
Russian tourist flow to Cuba has increased by almost 40% for the year
“For 11 months of 2016 Cuba was visited by 52.6 thousand Russians, which is almost 39% more than for the same period of the last year”, - reported in the Association of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR) on Tuesday. "This figure has already exceeded the number of tourists from Russia for the whole 2015 - 43 thousand tourists.
AZUR air started operating flights to Cuba
Russian airline AZUR air operated its first charter flight from Moscow Domodedovo airport to the Cuban resort of Varadero. The flights will be operated twice a week on Boeing-767-300. This is the second line of the route network AZUR air in the Caribbean. Since fall 2015, the company successfully carries out flights from Moscow to Punta Cana. In September 2016 also flights from Saint Petersburg to the Dominican Republic started.
Azur Air increases the number of destinations from Moscow and regions in the winter season
Azur Air has announced the expansion of its route network in the 2019/2020 autumn-winter schedule, including from Russian regions. The carrier will also increase the intensity of flights to its traditional destinations.