Cruises from Europe will begin arriving in Venezuela in January 2023

Venezuela will resume the reception of tourist cruises from Europe, as of January 3, 2023, as announced this Thursday the Minister of People’s Power for Tourism, Ali Padrón:

With the arrival of the first cruise ship from Europe in 15 years (…) the cellophane of the unilateral coercive measures that prevented the arrival of cruise ships from Europe for many years is broken. This cruise is German but it departs from Spain and will arrive at Puerto El Guamache in Margarita”, explained Padrón.

Through this cruise, tourists from Germany, Spain, Belgium, France and Italy will arrive in Venezuelan territory, an action that opens up a range of opportunities for the development of receptive tourism, not only in the state of Nueva Esparta but throughout Venezuela.

Given this good news for the country, the President of the Republic, Nicolás Maduro, expressed his approval for the actions that consolidate the nation’s tourism development and reiterated that “Venezuela is a country with open doors to the world.”

Also the Moscow-Margarita Route:

Likewise, the Head of State announced that as of October 1, Venezuela and Russia will resume the direct route Margarita – Moscow, with a frequency of five weekly flights with a capacity of 440 passengers.

It is worth remembering that some 5,500 tourists of Russian nationality have visited Margarita Island in recent months, and it is estimated that this figure will increase to 100,000 visitors shortly.

In this context, the national president also reported that the city of Punto Fijo, in Falcón state, will host Expoturismo 2022, an event that will take place from September 22 to 24, as part of the National Tourism Development Plan that includes 12 states of the country:

“Venezuela’s secret weapon for economic growth in the medium term is not oil or gas, the secret weapon is tourism and Falcón is going to move forward,” President Nicolás Maduro stated.

Shopping tourism:

Returning to the floor during this auspicious working day, Minister Padrón reported that Venezuela and Cuba have activated the so-called shopping tourism by establishing two direct Havana-Porlamar routes, a scheme that will also be established with the Falconian entity:

“This is high-end tourism that will boost the economy of Falcón state,” explained Padrón.

Similarly, President Nicolás Maduro approved the recovery plan for the Tucacas – Chichiriviche axis, a program that includes the restoration of roads, improvement of tourist services, support plans for tour operators, among others.

Reactivated Mukumbari:

Finally, Minister Padrón announced the reactivation of the first stage of the Mukumbarí Cable Car Tourist Transport System, located in Mérida state, and it is expected that this important tourist attraction in the Venezuelan Andes will be 100% operational by November:

The Mukumbarí Cable Car System was suspended due to the sanctions and the economic blockade imposed on the country, but thanks to our technicians and the injection of resources, it has been rehabilitated,” he concluded.