Cuba pins its hopes on tourism and assigns a significant role to Russia, planning to make it the main tourist market by 2024. This is reported by the Association of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR).
According to the Prime Minister of Cuba Manuel Marrero Cruz, said at the forum Destinos Gaviota-2021, tourism “opens up the Cuban economy and makes it competitive. It also attracts investment from other countries and raises living standards.
Hoteliers in Cuba believe that already this winter every third of their tourists will be from Russia. Thus, most of Cuban hotels have bookings from Russians in the second half of January, February and even March. Their share does not exceed 10% of all bookings so far, but managers are confident that in early 2022 this figure will change to a docile 30%.
“We have a lot of reservations from Russia, it is a growing market, which may well soon become the No. 1 market in Cuba’s resorts,” representatives of Blue Diamond Resorts believe.
Now Russians are choosing resorts of Varadero and Cayo Coco, and soon sales of tours to the Santa Maria island will be opened. By the end of 2021 Cuba is planning to receive about 175 thousand tourists from Russia.
In mid October the President of Cuba Miguel Diaz-Canel stated that vaccinated from coronavirus tourists planning vacations in Cuba from November 15 would not have to provide results of PCR-tests. It is noted that the relaxation of conditions for entry into the country is due to the high rate of vaccination.