“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. As the Tourism Adviser of the embassy of Cuba in Moscow Mr. Edilberto Riveron Leon told, for 4 months of this year 49 680 Russians visited Cuba. This is 25.68% more than it was for the same period of the last year. Russia, as Argentina and Mexico, is included in the TOP-3 countries, which show the greatest dynamics of arrivals. In 2017 Russia for the first time has entered in the TOP-10 of the incoming markets of Cuba. The Cuban Ministry of Tourism plans in 2018 as minimum to keep the Russian tourist flow at the last year's level (about 100 thousand tourists), and increase it while a favorable economic situation in Russia will be in progress. It should be noted the fact that Cuba is among the permitted foreign destinations for the Ministry of Internal Affairs employees which plays in favor of the Cuban direction. According to the specialists of ANEX Tour operator, in the top requests of tourists for the summer of 2018 is Varadero resort, where Russian tourists often choose hotels of the category 4-5 - stars.
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.