Cuba records 15.9 per cent increase in foreign tourists in first half of 2015

Posted: 10-Aug-15 16:17

Cuba has recorded a 15.9 per cent increase in tourist arrivals during the first six months of 2015, compared to the same period last year. According to the National Office of Statistics and Information, 218,635 holidaymakers visited the island in June, and the UK, France and Italy were the main sources of international visitors in the first quarter.

Cuba records 15.9 per cent increase in foreign tourists in first half of 2015

The number of tourist arrivals in Cuba during the first six months of 2015 increased by 15.9 per cent, compared to the same period last year.

According to data released by the National Office of Statistics and Information (ONEI) in Cuba, 218,635 foreign holidaymakers visited the island in June alone this year, a 20.6 per cent increase compared to June, 2014.

The majority of international tourists came from the United Kingdom, France and Italy during the first quarter of 2015, followed by Argentina, Venezuela and Mexico. Visitors from Venezuela increased significantly by 61.5 per cent during the first half of this year.

Last year, Cuba received a record-breaking three million tourists, an increase of 5.5 per cent compared to 2013.

The number of American travellers is set to increase in the near future, following the recent resumed diplomatic relations between the United State and Cuba.

Embassies opened in Washington and Havana last month, following more than five decades of hostilities between the two countries, as well as a travel and trade embargo.

Travel restrictions have been eased for Americans but general tourism to Cuba is still prohibited for U.S residents. Despite this, travellers can still visit the Caribbean island through People to People programmes and tours within 12 categories, such as education, culture, and religion that have been organised by licensed U.S tour operators

Cuba is a socialist island nation located in the Caribbean Sea, south of the Bahamas. Holidaymakers can relax on the beautiful white and golden sand beaches; snorkel and scuba dive along the world’s second largest barrier reef; or take tours of the cities to embrace the culture of this vibrant nation.

Popular tourist destinations include the historic and vibrant capital city, Havana; the picturesque Jardines del Rey archipelago which boasts virgin cays, 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 pristine white sandy beaches.


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