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Published on : Thursday, July 27, 2017
According to the Ministry of Tourism, Cuba, it had received 3 million foreign tourists so far in 2017. The country’s Tourism Minister Manuel Marrero said that this growth showed that tourism was maintaining its strong improvement as one of the pillars of the national economy.
The 3 million target was reached 75 days earlier compared to 2016, marking a growth of 24 percent in the number of foreign holidaymakers coming to Cuba.
The U.S. remains one of the key markets for foreign tourists for Cuba despite restrictions on Americans travelling to the island. Canada, Spain, France, Italy and Germany also constitute considerable number of tourists to Cuba.
In the first half of 2017, Cuba received 1.5 billion U.S. dollars in revenue from foreign tourism, 9 percent more than in the same period in 2016. According to the Ministry of Tourism, Cuba is aiming to receive 4.7 million foreign tourists in 2017, 16.5 percent more than in 2016. Cuba is expected to receive 5 million visitors in 2018. For that, rapid construction of 100,000 new hotel rooms by 2030 is a major requirement.