Chilean Tourism Grows Towards Cuba

Santiago de Chile, Dec 12 (Prensa Latina) Until late November, 42,166 Chilean tourists had traveled to Cuba, accounting for an increase of 111 percent compared to the previous year, a source from the sector reported here.

This figure was described as extraordinarily encouraging by Ramon Cantero, representative for the countries of the South American cone at the Cuban Ministry of Tourism (Mintur), at a meeting in this capital with tour operators and other officials from the sector the results of the year and the prospects for 2019.

Cantero highlighted the success of Mintur’s ‘Authentic Cuba’ campaign that, in the case of Chilean tourism, has grown in response to the interest of travelers from this country through traditional destinations in the Caribbean island, including Havana, Varadero and the keys off the north coast of the provinces of Villa Clara, Sancti Spíritus and Ciego de Avila, in central Cuba.

However, he insisted with local tour operators to broaden their horizons towards emerging destinations and in full development such as the province of Holguín, and the cities of Santiago de Cuba and Trinidad.

He also warned that all 15 Cuban provinces have great and particular tourist attractions, not only sun and beaches.

Cantero highlighted the local benefits for cultural tourism, adventure or health, among other options, and called on tourism agencies to take the excellent results of 2018 as a starting point to continue increasing the presence of the Chilean market in Cuba.

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