Cuba looks set to smash target for visitor arrivals in 2015

Posted: 14-Sep-15 13:12

New figures released by the Tourism Ministry in Cuba have revealed that the number of tourists visiting the island in the past six months has increased by 17 per cent compared to 2014. The numbers put the country closer towards meeting its three million target by the end of the year, with the majority of visitors originating from Canada, the UK, Spain and France.

Cuba looks set to smash target for visitor arrivals in 2015

The Tourism Ministry in Cuba has released new figures that have revealed the steady growth of its tourism market over the last six months.

The numbers show a 17 per cent increase in visitor arrivals to Cuba during the first half of 2015 compared to the same period last year.

Manuel Marrero, the Tourism Minister said that the majority of visitor arrivals originate from Canada, the UK, Spain, France, Mexico, and Italy, and there has been a significant increase in arrivals from the United States.

The country’s National Statistics Office revealed that Cuba received 2,190,134 foreign visitors in the first half of 2015.

The Caribbean island is looking to reach its three million visitor target by the end of the year, and it could even reach a 4-million-mark in 2015 if the industry grows at the recent steady rate.

To keep up with the demand of tourists, Mr Marrero said that more guest rooms are planned for Havana, and local tourism authorities have put a new development strategy in place that will see additional new builds and the refurbishment of existing accommodation.

Situated 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.

The island is set to welcome more U.S travellers over the coming months, after President Obama recently announced that Cuba and the United States have resumed diplomatic relations following five decades of hostilities.

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.


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