According to recent data, the Cuban tourist industry is like a well oiled machine that is driving the boom in the economy. And there is great optimism that is the most distinctive feature of the industry without chimneys, based on the fact that for seven years, the island has received more than two million visitors every 12 months.
This trend allows local authorities to predict the closing 2011 with the arrival of 2.7 million passengers, which would be a record.
Data from the National Statistics Office (NSO) confirm these predictions, with growth in arrivals of 11.9 percent in the first four months of 2011, compared with the same period of 2010. From January to April, Cuba received 1,179,963 international travelers.
In April alone, they add, this destination attracts 275 401 tourists, an increase of 13.4 percent compared with the same month of 2010, and 16.5 more than in April 2009. These figures represent an 18.4 percent increase over 2008 and 33.4 percent in the 2007 results. They recalled that in 2010 Cuba received 2.5 million tourists, an increase of 4.2 percent.
Every day there are more coming to this country for the holidays, especially from Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain, Argentina, Russia and Chile?
Cuban Tourism Minister Manuel Marrero recently acknowledged that Cuba is the third largest tourist destination in the Caribbean and the hope of improving this position.
Marrero spoke at a working session of the 31st International Tourism Fair FIT Cuba 2011 (May 2-7) in which he spoke about the salient points in the spiral growth of this industry. He said the fundamental objective is to increase competitiveness and improve the quality, highlighting the culture, history and traditions.
It should be noted that in 2010, 2,792 new rooms were built, mainly in the northern keys of Villa Clara and Vardar. The nation has more than 50,000 rooms in 300 hotels throughout the archipelago, especially in eight regions.
Marrero reiterated that in less than 10 years, Cuba became the third destination in the Caribbean. Since 1990, the island received 30 million passengers, despite Washington’s blockade against Cuba.