Cuba registers over 14% growth in tourist arrivals in 2016

Published on : Friday, January 20, 2017

cuban-tourismCuba’s travel industry has a growing spiral that can put this country at the forefront of the sector in the Caribbean, an official data reveals.


Cuban Vice-Minister Mayra Álvarez and the Director of Tourism María del Pilar Macías are convinced that the island is marching towards the right direction, but they are still looking to improve services and offers.


Cuba for the first time ended last year on a postive note with the arrival of over four million foreign visitors, a growth of 14.5 percent compared to 2015.


The Deputy General Director of marketing, Dalila González, added that this figure represents an increase of nine percent over the planned target for 2016.


Outstanding new arrivals of cruises as MS harmony, Adonia, and MS Berlin, or inaugural flights from Alitalia, Austrian Airlines, Caribbean or Turkish Airlines, are coming.


In terms of markets, Canada holds in the first place, and the presence of Americans is growing, even though they can only travel under 12 categories approved by Washington, since they do not enable their citizens to arrive as tourists.


Cuba noted significant growth from Germany, United Kingdom, France, Italy and Spain, and Mexicans and Argentines.

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