Cuba desires to earn USD1. 5 billion dollars in tourism revenue for the very first half of the year. The island made welcome more than 2 . 66 million international visitors, up 23. 2 % compared to the same period in 2016, according to the Tourism Minister, Manuel Marrero.

The embrace tourism revenue represents more than nine percent compared to the same period within 2016, while per-day tourists improved by 11. 8 percent, stated Marrero in a report presented towards the deputies of the Commission of Focus on Services of the National Assembly.

The Cuban ressortchef (umgangssprachlich) also said that the government expects four. 7 million foreign visitors to get to the Caribbean this year , meaning a growth of 16. 5 percent in comparison to 2016, when Cuba achieved initially the record of 4 mil of foreign visitors.

Canada remains the leading source marketplace for the island after recovering from the particular decline experienced in 2016, as the “traditional” European markets such as The country, France, Italy and Germany display “positive” figures, according to the minister.

With respect to visitors from the Usa, their number increased by a hundred and fifty percent, even though Americans cannot reach the island as leisure visitors, but they are eligible for one of the 12 travel licenses approved by the management of former President Barack Obama (2009-2017).

This dispensation, which softened the travels for various reasons such as religious, cultural, academic, humanitarian aid or personal trades with the Cuban people, will be limited according to the change of policy in the direction of Cuba announced by the current ALL OF US President Donald Trump.

The tourism minister furthermore said that by 2018 Cuba hopes to receive 5 million foreign guests, and confirmed the plan to increase the country’ s accommodation capability.

Right now Cuba has 67, 769 hotel rooms, the figure that the minister hopes to boost to more than 100, 000 simply by 2030 in order to meet the high demand in the primary tourist centers such as Havana, the particular resort of Varadero, the far eastern province of Holguin and the Cayerí a Norte and the city of Trinidad, in the central area.