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The number of visitors spending holidays in Cuba increases again

Updated on March 23, 2012

Holidaymakers in Cuba

Cuba With a local Eccentric
Cuba With a local Eccentric | Source
Caibarien, Cuba Lots of steam engines at the sugar mill
Caibarien, Cuba Lots of steam engines at the sugar mill | Source
On Varadero beach. Walking into the water was like stepping into a warm bathtub!
On Varadero beach. Walking into the water was like stepping into a warm bathtub! | Source

Cuba holidays contiue increasing itsworldwide popularity

According to the Cuban National Statistics Office (ONE) the number of visitors spending holidays in Cuba has increased by 2.3 per cent during the first two months of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011.

The number of visitors spending holidays in Cuba has increased by 2.3 per cent during January and February 2012 according to official data published by the Cuban National Statistics Office (ONE). "By the end of February 2012, 602,809 visitors arrived to the island meaning 13,697 more tourists than the previous year" explains the publication.

Currently, tourism is the island's second major source of revenue after the export of medical services. With a contribution to the national income of over 2,000 million dollars a year, this activity is the locomotive pulling many sectors of the Cuban economy whether in manufacturing industries or services.

During 2011, the island received 2.7 million visitors from over 200 countries. Canadians leaded Cuba travel followed by the United Kingdom, Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Argentina, Russia, Mexico and the United States of America. According to the ONE in the period visitor arrivals grew by 7.3 per cent in relation to 2010.

Varadero, Havana, Holguin and Jardines del Rey were the most visited Cuba holiday destinations in the country during 2011 while Cayo Santa Maria, in the north of the province of Villa Clara, happened to be the most popular. As a matter of fact, the beaches of Varadero and Cayo Coco in the Jardines del Rey archipelago were recently selected among the 25 best beaches in the world by posters of the online blog tripadvisor.com.

In the first two months of 2012, no significant changes have occurred in the distribution of tourism in the island, remaining Varadero and Havana as the two major tourism centres in the country.

By December 2012, the island is expecting to receive 2.9 million tourists since the number of operations from mature and emerging markets is expected to increase during the summer and the winter season 2012-2013. From 26th to 28th March, the island will be receiving the Pope Benedict XVI who will be saying two masses in Santiago de Cuba and Havana. This visit along with other events to occur within the year will boost the number of bookings for holidays in Cuba from more than 250 countries.

Cuba ranks third among Caribbean island destinations right after the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.

Cuba in the Caribbean

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