The Tourism Development Commission of St. Petersburgone of the most important cities in Russia, suggested to Cuban officials the possibility of launching charter flights directly between the airports of Cuba and the local Pulkovo.
“For St. Petersburg, Latin American countries, especially Cuba, are important trade partners. St. Petersburg always welcomes tourists from these countries with special hospitality and strives to make their stay in the city as comfortable as possible,” he said in the middle of the Russian tourism sector Tour busNana Gvichiya, vice president of the entity.
“Now Russia has regular direct flights with only one Latin American statewhich will be open from July 1, 2023, and this is Cuba. We would like to see more flights of this type on both sides. I hope that today’s meeting will serve as another step in the development of mutually beneficial relations and lead to the achievement of our goals,” commented Nana Gvichiya.
The business meeting, according to the report, a continuation of a meeting in Moscow with representatives of Latin American countries on the subject of sustainable tourism. In it, visitors make presentations on the tourism potential of each country.
The St. Petersburg and Cuba have a long established partnership, including in the field of tourism. This year, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the relationship between the Russian city and Santiago de Cuba, which are twins, Saint Petersburg Days will be held in Cuba, Gvichiya recalled.
“It is very important that there is a historical connection between our countries, and that friendship reigns between our peoples. I believe that there should be a greater promotion of mutual information between the cities of Cuba and Saint Petersburg . We must support the development of the tourism industry in each. I think we have all the conditions to move from words to actions, “Óscar Enríquez, representative of the Cuban Ministry of Tourism in Russia, said in the meeting.
According to Olga Kaya, project manager of Pulkovo airport, today There is interest in the development of air traffic and increase in tourist traffic between Russia and Cuba. However, he clarified, in order to increase the number of flights between the two territories, the support of airline companies is necessary, due to the long and expensive routes, as well as the possibility of receiving aircraft with double registration .
The parties agreed to continue negotiations on the introduction of direct charter flights, the report concluded.
This week, in an interview for the official Russian media RT en Español, Moscow’s ambassador to Cuba, Víctor Koroneli, knows that Tourism businesses are “one of the most attractive areas for Russian businessmen.
The diplomat highlighted the availability of ten weekly flights between Russia and Cuba, especially in the direction of the resort of Varadero and the sun and beach destination of Cayo Coco.
“There are many joint projects to be carried out. Businessmen continue to work, but we must remember that any project is possible and has prospects if it is interesting for both parties,” he said, referring to the intangible announcement of the investment of Russian companies in Cuba as well as the reform of the Cuban economic market, or “cubastroika,” which did not happen.