HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The quality of tourist services is a priority for the Cuban economic sector, said commercial director of the Cuban Tourism Ministry Manuel Bisbe during an international seminar on tourism and journalism, currently underway in Havana.
The forum, which will run until the weekend, is being attended by 48 Latin American journalists that specialize in the tourist sector.
The official updated the journalists on the most recent developments of Cuban Tourism, which is experiencing a growing trend despite the effects of the world economic crisis.
One of the main problems facing the Cuban economic sector is the impact by US commercial restrictions on the island, said Bisbe, who added that the damage inflicted by the US blockade on his sector amounts to over $23.7 billion.
At present, Cuba counts on 15 major tourist centers, including the capital Havana, and Varadero tourist resort (west), Villa Clara province, the Jardines del Rey keys (Centre) and Santa Lucia, Holguin, Baracoa and Santiago de Cuba (East), among others.
As the main tourist centre, Varadero counts on 20,200 hotel rooms, followed by Havana, with 12,816 and Santa Maria Key with 5,864 rooms.
Cuba has air connections with 51 cities of the world through 36 airline companies, and it has seven international marinas.
In 1990, the island was visited by 340,000 vacationers; the figure increased to 2,838,607 visitors in 2012, which reveals a significant increase.
Major tourist sources for Cuba are Canada, Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Mexico, Argentina and the United States, despite the travel ban imposed by the US administration.
In all, Cuba offers 60,552 hotel rooms in 339 tourist facilities, out of which 65 are four and five star hotels.