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European cruise ship to dock on Margarita Island after 15 years — MercoPress

European cruise ship to dock on Margarita Island after 15 years

Friday August 26, 2022 – 10:10 UTC

Tourism with Russia and Cuba also needs to be boosted, Padrón said

Venezuelan authorities announced on Thursday that the first cruise ship in 15 years will arrive in Margarita on January 3, while the so-called “turoperación” with Russia will resume from October, with 5 direct weekly flights between Moscow and Porlamar .

“January 3 marks the arrival of the first cruise ship from Europe in 15 years. The cellophane of the unilateral coercive measures that have prevented the arrival of cruise ships from Europe for many years This cruise ship is German, but it departs from Spain and will arrive at the port of El Guamache, in Margarita,” said Tourism Minister Alí Padrón. The ship will include travelers from Spain, from Germany, Belgium, France and Italy, we learned.

Each flight from Russia will carry an average of 440 tourists per flight, Padrón said while announcing that “thanks to the excellent commercial and all kinds of relations” between Venezuela and Cuba, there are shopping tourism flights from Havana at Margarita twice a week. “It’s high-end tourism. The average purchase of Cuban tourism is 3,000, 4,000 and 5,000 US dollars in 4 days, it is the purchase tourism that will boost the economy,” he said.

Some 5,500 Russian tourists have landed on the Caribbean island in recent months, and that figure is estimated to rise to 100,000 visitors.

President Nicolás Maduro also approved the Tucacas-Chichiriviche axis relaunch plan, which provides for the restoration of roads and the improvement of tourist services, among other support plans to further stimulate the industry.

On the other hand, the city of Punto Fijo, in the state of Falcón, will host the Expoturismo 2022, an event to be held from September 22 to 24, within the framework of the National Tourism Development Plan which envisages 12 states at the national scale.

Tourism officials also announced that the first stage of the Mukumbarí cable car tourist transport system in Mérida state has been reactivated and is expected to be fully operational by November.