Cuba receives two million holidaymakers in first six months of 2015

Posted: 18-Jul-15 10:39

Cuba has received two million tourists between 1st January and 10th July, 2015. The Caribbean island's tourism industry is set to see a record year following announcements by President Obama that diplomatic relations between the U.S and Cuba are to be resumed and travel restrictions are being eased for Americans.

Cuba receives two million holidaymakers in first six months of 2015

The Caribbean island of Cuba has already received more than two million holidaymakers this year, according to the local Ministry of Tourism.

Between 1st January and 10th July, 2015, Cuba welcomed two million tourists, 16 per cent growth in numbers compared to the same period last year.

The majority of source markets continue to be Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, US and Argentina, but there has also been an increase in the number of U.S visitors.

Canada brought the most visitors with 779,576 arrivals so far this year, an increase of 14 per cent compared to 2014, but many Americans are also thought to have travelled from Canada to avoid travel restrictions that are in place in the United States.

President Obama recently announced that Cuba and the United States would resume diplomatic relations following five decades of hostilities and travel restrictions to Cuba have been eased but not yet removed for American travellers.

General tourism and sun holidays to Cuba are still restricted but U.S travellers can travel to the island through people to people programmes and trips in 12 categories organised by tour operators and charter companies in the U.S.

The two countries will open embassies in Washington in the United States and Havana in Cuba on 20th July, 2015.

Last year, Cuba saw its highest number of visitors in its history when it received more than three million tourists in a year. Tourism officials are confident that those numbers will be easy to match and surpass in 2015.

Cuba's Tourism Minister Manuel Marrero spoke in a recent TV interviews, saying that the country will increase hotel guestroom construction from 2,500 a year to as many as 4,500 rooms by 2018 in a bid to meet the increasing demand.

Located in the Caribbean Sea, south of the United States, the island nation is home to popular tourist destinations such as the historic capital city, Havana; the stunning Jardines del Rey archipelago which boasts virgin cays and turquoise ocean waters and coral reefs; the Spanish Colonial city of Trinidad; and the popular beach resort of Varadero with 21 kilometres of coastline and white sandy beaches.


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