Russian tourism increasing in Riviera Maya
While the economy recovers in Russia, so do their direct flights to Cancun. Over the past two weeks, Russia has reinstated their direct flights from Moscow and St. Petersberg to Cancun with great success.
The weekly flights, which halted due to a poor economy, have seen full fights arriving at Cancun’s International Airport during the past two weeks, says Jesús Almaguer Salazar, director of the Office Visitors and Conventions (OVC) in Cancun.
“There was a rearrangement of tour operators who had already left the market and now they are covering the gaps left by those companies”.
The devaluation of the Russian ruble became a problem last year, which inevitably caused the country to stop its direct flights to Cancun. However now, with the reinstatement of these flights, the past two weeks have seen the landing of full flights.
During the time of Russia’s economic slide, the tourism offset was filled by French, Colombian and Brazilian’s.
Jesús Almaguer Salazar explains that they are working to attract more foreign tourists, but are still working to modify the protocol with federal health authorities.
Russian tourists stay the longest and generate the most additional revenue. On average, Russian visitors to Cancun and the Riviera Maya stay at least 10 days at a four to five-star hotel and spend more per person than American tourists.