Cuba expects more Russian tourists

Cuba expects that a flow of tourists from Russia will grow, Cuba’s First Deputy Minister of Tourism Alexis Trujillo told the Itar Tass news agency. “We are ready to guarantee complete safety to Russian tourists arriving in the country,” the official stressed. “Safety is one of the strongest sides of the Cuban tourist business,” Alexis Trujillo added.

He said Russia occupies a major place in Cuba’s tourism sector. A total of 22,000 Russian nationals visited Cuba in 2006, and 7,000 Russian tourists have already visited it this year.

He said Russia is placed 11 in the number of tourists visiting Cuba. Great Britain, Spain and Italy are top on the list. “Tourism infrastructure of the country is being constantly updated,” as the sphere of tourism creates jobs and makes up five percent of Cuban GDP, the official added.

Focusing on preferences of Russian tourists, he noted that they prefer individual tours, although the so-called package tours are much cheaper.