Cuba cruise tourism witnesses 5-fold increase since 2012

Published on : Sunday, July 12, 2015

Cuba cruise tourismThe last three years have proved beneficial for Cuba’s cruise tourism sector which registered an increase of over five-fold, government officials reported Thursday.

 

 

The Transportation Ministry, in a statement published on the state-run website Cubadebate, said the number of cruise ship port calls rose from 24 in 2012 to 139 in 2014, while visits by cruise passengers saw a similar jump from 6,770 to 37,519 during the same period.

 

 

The ministry’s statistics reveal that there have been 174 port calls and 62,183 passenger visits through May this year.

 

 

The Cuban Transportation Ministry said growth during the last three years “could have been even greater if not for the inhuman measures imposed on us by the U.S. blockade (embargo) which substantially hurts maritime activity”.

 

 

Although Washington has relaxed rules in recent years to allow ever-greater numbers of U.S. visitors on cultural, academic, religious and other types of exchanges considered “purposeful travel,” American tourism to Cuba remains illegal under U.S. law.

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