Tourists arriving in Cuba
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Two million travelers have visited Cuba so far this year as the island’s tourism industry keeps up the pace in its efforts to reach for the first time three million international visitors.
From January to date, there was growth in tourist arrivals mainly from Canada, Germany, France, Italy and Spain, according to officials from the Ministry of Tourism (MINTUR by its Spanish acronym).
Amid the complex international situation, destination Cuba shows a growing attraction in the global market; while it demonstrates MINTUR’s commitment to continue raising the quality of services, and diversify the national tourism product.
To achieve the desired results this year, commercial and communication efforts were intensified from the beginning of the second half of the year, both in markets with sustained growth, as well as those with lower performance, a MINTUR press release referred.
Those efforts include the opening of new hotel capacities in significant areas as Havana, Varadero, Coco Cay, Jardines del Rey and Holguin, MINTUR said.
In its latest report released on Tuesday, the National Bureau of Statistics and Information (ONEI by its Spanish acronym) said that, from January to June, 1,660,055 tourists arrived in Cuba, an increase of 3.9 percent over the same period of 2013.
According to the note, accommodation, food and transport were the activities providing greater contributions (more than $1.077 billion) in the first half of the year.
As for tourists' arrivals by region, the document stated that North America ranked first with 49.7 percent of the total, followed by the Caribbean (11), Western Europe (10.6), South America (8.3) and Southern Europe (6.4).
Canada maintained its status as the primary tourism source market to Cuba, with 181,269 visitors in the first six months of the year; followed by the UK, Germany, Mexico, Spain, Italy, Venezuela, Russia, Argentina and Colombia.
Other data published by ONEI show that the countries with highest growth in that period are Israel, Sweden, Venezuela, Portugal, Poland and the Philippines, non-traditional markets in tourists coming to Cuba but with very dynamic potential.