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Published on : Thursday, June 25, 2015
With an old camaraderie with Cuba, Chinese share an old emotional bonding with the country. Off late the country has gathered more interest from the largest travellers in the world the, Chinese tourists.
Cuba’s large and inviting beaches, luxury resorts and golf courses will be bringing Chinese to Cuba in direct flights in huge numbers predict official sources.
Cuba on its part has been planning to attract Chinese tourists. Recently Grupo Gaviota, the commercial arm on the Cuban Military in a campaign has prepared 55 hotels. The tourism authority has also planned to have 85,000 rooms available for tourists by 2020.
Promotional videos from Cuba are specially catering to Chinese travellers with Chinese subtitles which show mainlanders relaxing in the five star hotels and having a great time in the yachts while eating Chinese food.
Cuba has a long relation with China. The low cost Chinese goods have always found a good market in Cuba. But recently the Chinese have divided their attention from Europe and the United States to Cuba which attracted 28,000 mainland tourists in 2014.
Now tour operators from China are also building a market in Cuba. Golf tourism is an important segment that is attracting more and more Chinese to Cuba. Chinese companies are in the process of building more 18- hole golf course along with condominiums.
Chinese are spending huge amounts in Cuba; there are plans for a 13 resort project which is worth $460 million investment, the project is already underway. The government is expecting an estimated growth of CUP12, 709 million or 11.2% of GDP by 2024.With great support from China the economic gains are predicted to move upward for Cuba. The long relationship between the two countries is helping Cuba to grow and prosper as a major tourism hub.