A record-breaking year for tourism in Cuba

Posted: 09-Dec-15 10:53

With more than three million guests visiting Cuba in 2015, it is little wonder that tourism continues to boom on the island. And now a number of tour operators and hotel chains are opening up new opportunities for guests in 2016.

A record-breaking year for tourism in Cuba

It looks like 2015 is set to be a record-breaking year for tourism in Cuba, with more than 3 million visitors making their trips to the island following the softening of restrictions to international visitors.

This trend has been driven by the relaxed licensing rules put in place by the Cuban government, and facilitated by the increase in travel options to-and-from the island and quality accommodation. Many charter airlines are now flying directly to Cuba, with well-celebrated hotel chains also setting up home on the island.

This trend looks set to continue at pace into 2016, with numerous chains opening for business next year. Ocean by H10 Hotels, a fast-growing Spanish chain, is opening not one but two resorts on the island at the turn of the year. The 800 room Ocean Casa del Mar will open its doors on the scenic island of Cayo Santa Maria, while the slightly smaller Ocean Vista Azul will join another Ocean by H10 Hotels property in Varadero.

A well-travelled flight operator will launch three new charter flights to Cuba at the tail end of 2016, with CheapAir.com set to join forces with American Airlines for the trip from Los Angeles to Havana, and it is believed that their Atlanta to Havana journey will commence on a weekly basis from April too.

Tour planner Abercrombie and Kent has witnessed unprecedented growth in popularity of its people-to-people tour programme on the island, and so now they have decided to arrange another package for 2016. Their Signature Cuba: A Private People to People Journey will take guests on a seven-day itinerary through Havana and its neighbouring towns and cities, exploring architecture, culture and stunning landscapes.

The trip will be limited to small groups – as little as two people where required – to enable more comprehensive exploration. Prices start from around £7,000 per person.

And finally there are two cultural trips for fans of Cuban music and art to enjoy. Ya'lla Tours have put together the Afro Jazz Cuba itinerary for fans of this toe-tapping genre, while Central Holidays have organised a ten day exploration of Afro-Cubanismo; the art movement that depicted the island's battle to escape Spanish rule and slavery.


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