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The diplomat predicted the date of the return of Russian tourists to Cuba
Tourism on Cuba "will definitely start" in the autumn, and the introduction of a 14-day quarantine for guests is not planned.
Tour operators are trying to offer early booking for the winter
This week, retail received messages from Russian tour operators with announcements of early booking for the autumn-winter period of 2021.
Tourist flow to Cuba is stable
According to the Border Service of the Russian Federation, last year 119 thousand Russians visited Cuba - 26% more than in 2018. Operators connect the growth of tourist flow primarily with an increase of charter transportation.
Royal Flight plans new charters to Cuba
Royal Flight airline received permission for charter flights from Moscow to Cuba. The carrier will be able to fly to Holguin and Varadero from the capital of Russia from March 29 to October 24.
Russian tourist flow to Cuba has reached record level
In 2019, Cuba hosted a record number of Russian tourists. In terms of tourist flow, Russia firstly entered in the TOP-3 of the source markets of this Caribbean destination.
Tour operators: demand for New Year's exotic is 15 times higher than for tours in the low season
The desire to spend the New Year on exotic islands is increasing among Russians despite on the economic situation. A lot of hotels offer accommodation for New Year dates on favorable conditions.
Thailand is the leader in the Asian destinations
The representatives of tourist retailers reported the information about the most popular destinations of the beginning of the autumn-winter season. Thailand, the UAE and Vietnam became the leaders in the Asian destinations.
Thailand, the UAE and Vietnam became the most popular winter destinations for Russian tourists
Russian tourists most often buy winter tours on early booking program in Thailand, the UAE and Vietnam. Also the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Cuba are among the leading destinations for Russians in the winter season.
The first charter flight to Cuba is already 80% loaded
The first flight to Santa Clara Airport in Cuba will fly from the capital's Vnukovo Airport on November 3. At present time, the board is already 80% loaded. Close to the winter season sales of tours to Cuba are becoming more active and the prospects for a charter novelty of the season are very high.
Cuba is waiting for 160 thousand Russian tourists in 2019
Cuba is expecting another record from Russia: the Russian tourist flow for the first 9 months of 2019 has increased by 14% there. The sales in the organized market show even greater growth.
Caribbean began to be more popular than Southeast Asia
Representatives of the tourist retail industry have noted the increased attractiveness of holidays in the Caribbean among Russian tourists. Due to the growth of charter transportation and good prices, Cuba has a chance to increase its volumes this winter, and a number of retail’s networks note a high demand for Caribbean countries.
Tour operators note increased demand for tours in November
In mid-October tour operators named the most popular destinations for the November holidays. At the peak of popularity are Turkey, the UAE, Cyprus, Italy, Israel, Jordan, Sri Lanka and Cuba.
Tour operators increase the number of flights to Cuba
In the upcoming winter season tour operators will increase the number of flights to Cuba. Royal Flight has received five approvals for Cuba for the coming winter. The relevant data were published in the order of the Federal Air Transport Agency on September 20.
Royal Flight will launch charters to the Cuban resort of Holguin
By the order of the tour operator Coral Travel, Royal Flight airline will launch its own charter program from Moscow to the Holguin resort on October 22. Holguin will be the second airport in Cuba, where airline charters will fly.
Russian tourist flow to Cuba has increased by 12% for 8 months
The number of Russian tourists, visiting Cuba from January to August 2019, amounted to 90 thousand, which is 12% more compared to the same period last year.
Coral Travel expands charter program to Cuba
In addition to the flight program to Varadero, the tour operator Coral Travel launches its own flight program for the winter season at Holguin Airport from October 22.
Flight program to Cuba in winter 2019/2020
The flights to Cuba are planned by 5 main Russian tour operators. They have chosen 6 different airports of Cuba as arrival points for the tourists. This wide spectrum of proposals will be an attractive moment for them. Some programs are planned for the whole year round. The table below shows the details of all the programs published by tour operators till now.
Coral Travel goes with Royal Flight to Cuba
August, 10 the first flight from Moscow to Varadero was fulfilled. 03:30 Boeing 777-300ER started from Sheremetyevo in Moscow and in 11 and a half hours arrived to Varadero with 492 tourists on board. There was 100% aircraft loading, demonstrating the high level of request for the destination among Russian tourists.
TUI plans charter flights to Santa Clara, Cuba
The new charter flight program of TUI Russia in Santa Clara (Cuba) is approved by Russian Aviation Ministry. Also, the tour operator will sell tours for other two resorts based on these flights — Cayo Santa Maria and Cayo Las Brujas. The duration of the tours is 10, 11 and 21 days. In total, in the winter season, the company intends to carry out 17 flights, which will transport up to 6,5 thousand tourists. According to TUI Russia report, IFly airline will perform the flights to the island of Santa Clara on A330 airplanes with capacity of 387 seats.
Coral Travel launches charters to Cuba for the first time
The charter program of the tour operator to Varadero starts in less than a month and is scheduled for the entire winter season. This became possible thanks to the replenishment of the fleet of the strategic partner of the tour operator - Royal Flight - with three Boeing 777-300 airplanes with business class. From August 10, 2019, the charter flight program of Coral Travel from Moscow to Varadero will be launched on the wings of Royal Flight. The flights to Varadero will be carried out from Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport 2 times a week (on Wednesdays and Saturdays). The flight time will be 12 hours.
PEGAS Touristik launches charters in Camaguey
Camaguey will be the fifth charter destination of the tour operator as part of its flight program to Cuba in the winter season. In the region, the tour operator will sell 11 hotels, several of them - on an exclusive basis. According to PEGAS Touristik, the tour operator decided to replenish its Cuban range with another charter destination in the coming winter season.
Cuba hopes for Russia, and tour operators hope for Cuba
Russia has been named as one of the most promising source markets in Cuba. Cuba expects to host a record 5 million foreign tourists this year and receive $ 3 billion in revenue from tourism. Last year, the country was visited by 4.7 million foreign tourists (+ 1.3% compared with 2017). Today, the tourism sector in Cuba creates half a million jobs and is the second source of income, providing 10% of GDP.
How did the tourist flow change in popular destinations for the 1 quarter of 2019?
Tours in the Dominican Republic compete with the rest in Cuba
At the moment the minimum cost of travel packages to the Dominican Republic in online booking systems of tour operators is 85 thousand Rubles ($ 1,292) for two persons. This is the price for a week-long vacation in Punta Cana at 3* hotel with departure from Moscow in the beginning of March.