The number of Americans arriving in Cuba increases by 94% in 2016

Posted: 02-May-16 11:35

Despite the fact that the embargo policy impedes U.S. citizens from going to Cuba as tourists, the number of visitors arriving in the country considerably increased in the first three months of the current year. And it looks like these figures will continue to grow, as the prohibitions imposed by the embargo to U.S. citizens wishing to travel to Cuba were slightly modified at the beginning of 2016, as part of the ongoing bilateral governmental negotiations to re-establish normal relations between both countries.

The number of Americans arriving in Cuba increases by 94% in 2016

Americans visiting Cuba have been an increasing trend over the last two years and a challenge for the local tourism industry, as statistics show that the number of U.S. travellers heading to the island has risen considerably. This week, academics from the University of Havana confirmed that arrivals of American citizens to the island have increased by more than 94 percent.

Professor José Parelló, a lecturer at the School of Tourism in said institution said to Caribbean News that in the first three months of 2016 the influx of travellers to Cuba had shown a stable growth of 15 percent, similar to the same period last year. The academic also highlighted the notable growth in the number of American visitors as the most relevant new trend to take into account in order to analyse the future development of the tourism industry in the island.

The expert added that the visit of president Barack Obama in March 2016, the baseball game between Tampa Bays and Cuba´s national team, the concert of British band The Rolling Stones held at Ciudad Deportiva also in March this year, together with several international events and meetings hosted on the island led to the unusual increase in the number of foreign visitors.

Among other incentives that Americans have recently received to go to Cuba, it’s worth mentioning the new possibilities announced by a significant group of airlines to offer regular commercial flights to the Caribbean country departing from different cities in the United States. American Airlines, Jet Blue, Delta, Eastern, South West, United Airlines and Silver Airways are trying to seize the new opportunities offered by the improvement in relations between the governments of Cuba and the U.S.

Carnival Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Pearl Seas Cruises and Princess Cruises have all presented their projects offering itineraries with stops in Havana and other Cuban ports. The first boat from Carnival going to Havana is set to sail next week.

In total, more than 300,000 tourists have visited Cuba in the first three months of this year, most of them arriving from the U.S., Spain, Italy, Germany, France and the United Kingdom.

As a result, the Cuban tourism industry is under more pressure than ever to cope with the increasing demand, and new ambitious commercial agreements have been sealed with American, Spanish, Chinese and British companies recently in order to expand lodging availability. The government is pushing forward a plan to improve the quality of services and standards of Cuban hotels (which offer 63,000 rooms nationwide), and to promote the development of real estate, golf courses, and nautical facilities.

In the meantime, Cuban entrepreneurs in the private sector are rising to the occasion and stepping up their offers of private holiday rentals, restaurants, private car hire and other services to foreigners, most of which are highly-esteemed by tourists and highly regarded as authentic and high-quality offerings.

As the embargo policy imposed by the U.S. on Cuba remains in place since the 1960s, Americans going there need to justify their visits declaring educational, professional or scientific purposes, among others that can fit into the 12 categories defined by the OFAC (U.S Office of Foreign Assets Control).


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