Cuba visitor numbers already hit 1 million in 2015; a top choice for UK travellers

Posted: 25-Mar-15 10:28

New figures from Cuba's tourism ministry and a UK travel site show that Cuba is increasingly popular with tourists the world over, particularly Canadians, and is a top choice of Caribbean destination for UK travellers researching their summer holidays.

Cuba visitor numbers already hit 1 million in 2015; a top choice for UK travellers

A statement from Cuba's Mintur (Ministry of Tourism) has reported that, so far this year, Cuba received one million visitors – a record for the country.

The statement also adds that the figure was reached in mid-March; it comes after the news that the number of visitors rose by 14%. According to figures, Canadian visitors number the highest, followed by Germany, France, the United Kingdom, and Italy. To the ministry, the figures suggest the increasing importance of Cuba as a holiday destination.

That would be reinforced by hotel search website Trivago. With summer on the way and UK travellers beginning to plan their holidays, the company has recently released a top ten list of up-and-coming destinations. The list compared searches of overseas destinations made in 2013 to searches made in 2014 and crunched the numbers, finding ten destinations with the biggest increase in search numbers and those most likely to be popular this summer with travellers from the UK.

Havana City came in at eighth place, with a daily average price tag of £72 per night (worked out for a standard double room). Top of the list overall was Cala Ratjada, in Majorca, Spain followed by Rabat in Morocco. Among others in the top five was Velha in Goa, India and Thailand's Ban Tao beach in Phuket.

Havana City is renowned for its unique time-capsule charm, steeped in centuries of history. It's known the birthplace of salsa and Havana Club rum, Cohiba cigars, mural painting and Che Guevara iconography. Despite only just being reopened to American travellers by the relaxing of US trade embargo laws, the figures show that healthy numbers of visitors worldwide are making the most of Cuba's charms - and the industry are keen to support them.


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