Mexican tourists top the list of Latin American visitors to Cuba in terms of volume

Posted: 24-Nov-18 09:37

According to a recent report published by Cuba’s Ministry of Tourism (MINTUR), Mexico is currently the one country in Latin America sending the largest amount of visitors to Cuba, a market that has grown by 22.9 percent so far in 2018. As revealed by EFE, a total of 136,012 Mexican holidaymakers had arrived in Cuba by 23rd October, a figure whose growth Cuban authorities wanted to support with a promotional event held in Mexico City at the end of the month.

Mexican tourists top the list of Latin American visitors to Cuba in terms of volume

Mexican visitors account for a majority of Latin American visitors to Cuba, a recent report has revealed. According to information published by EFE and facilitated by Cuba’s Ministry of Tourism, the number of Mexican tourists enjoying Cuba holidays so far this year has grown by 22.9 percent with a total of 136,012 Mexican visitors having arrived in the island as of 23rd October.

To support this growth, Cuban authorities at the Ministry of Tourism (MINTUR) organised a promotional event in Mexico City to keep raising awareness about Cuba as a holiday destination among Mexican travellers. The event, which took place between 25th and 27th October had a strong presence of Cuba’s biggest tourism companies and groups, with the participation of Cubanacan Hotels, Islazul, Cubasol, Havanatur, San Cristobal, Viajes Cubanacan, Paradiso and Servicios Medicos Cubanos (Cuban Medical Services).

Manuel Marrero Cruz, Cuba’s Tourism Minister led the delegation of Cuban travel companies at Mexico City last month and explained that his aim to sell the island not only as a tourist destination but also as a business hub open to foreign investment.

“Cuba is a destination that changes for the better; with comfortable hotels, music, food, cigars, sun and the best beaches; all in one of the safest destinations in the world”

After meeting with businessmen, tour operators and airline representatives from Mexico, Marrero Cruz told the audience that at the largest of the Antilles:

“We don’t have drug cartels, kidnappings or organised crime”

He also emphasised the fact that Cuba had recently received a distinction as one of the safest countries for tourists.

During the event, Marrero Cruz also talked about Cuba’s development programme until 2013, which encompasses 332 hospitality projects with the addition of over 100,000 new hotel rooms, 51 leisure venues, 30 real estate projects linked to the building of new golf courses, 50 nature tourism projects, 55 new camping sites as well as 22 marinas and recreational nautical areas.

The Cuban Tourism Minister also revealed that new negotiations are in place to improve and expand Cuban airports’ facilities, adding that for 2019 there would be new air connections established between Mexico and Cuba with an increased flight frequency between both nations.

A week prior to his Mexico visit, Marrero Cruz said he wanted to encourage investments from Mexican businesses in areas like hotels, the modernisation of airport infrastructure and the building of theme parks.

“We want to find businessmen willing to invest in Cuba, for example, in the area of theme parks, where Mexico a great experience and we still have a lot to learn”

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