Cuba travel specialist sees 25 percent rise in US bookings

Posted: 04-Dec-18 08:55

The number of travellers booking holidays to Cuba from the USA has significantly increased this year according to US travel company Insight Cuba, which specializes in creating People-to-People travel packages to Cuba and enabling American tourists to travel under US laws. After a decline in bookings in 2017 due to confusion over travel regulations and hurricane damage, the travel market appears to be making a rapid recovery.

Cuba travel specialist sees 25 percent rise in US bookings

US-based travel company Insight Cuba, which specializes in People-to-People travel packages to Cuba for US travellers, has reported a 25 percent rise in bookings to the Caribbean country this year compared to 2017.

American demand for holidays to Cuba is bouncing back in 2018 after the 2017 travel season was affected by hurricanes and travel advisories. Since May, Insight Cuba has reported an upsurge in leads and bookings.

Due to confusion surrounding US travel regulations last year, group demand was at an all-time low. However, since July, Insight Cuba has seen a 10-fold increase in group requests, which are translating into fully deposited bookings, including a rise in multi-generational family travel and trips for professional organizations.

According to Insight Cuba, travel agent enquiries about Cuba are also increasing. Compared with the summer period (June-September) last year, bookings for individuals, groups, and families on the company’s Classic Cuba, Jazz In Havana, and Varadero and Havana tours grew by 40 percent.

The Cuban government has reported the growth in tourism from the US and is optimistic of hitting its goal of five million visitors in 2018.

Meanwhile, the island’s tourism industry is being buoyed by new hotel openings and an increase in airlines opening up routes from the US.

Melia hotels is adding 2,145 new hotel rooms through hotel renovation or construction by the end of 2018 in key tourist spots including Cienfuegos, Camaguey and Varadero. Iberostar hotel group has also just opened two new luxury properties in Old Havana, and the Iberostar Holguin in eastern Cuba, while renovations are also underway on the Habana Riviera on Havana’s Malecon.

There are also five US commercial airlines now providing nonstop services from America to Cuba including JetBlue, United Airlines, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and Delta Airlines, with new routes preparing to launch. 

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