Tourist Arrivals in Cuba Grow 22% in First Half of 2017

Havana, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) The arrival of foreign visitors to Cuba reportedly grew 22 percent this year, which means an increase in interest on this island.

The Director General of Development, Investments and Business of the Ministry of Tourism (Mintur) of Cuba, José Daniel Alonso, projected on Wednesday that the semester should conclude with a 22.2 percent increase, equivalent to 2 million 530 000 foreign visitors.

Considering this hike, he guaranteed that the plan to close 2017 with four million 200 thousand tourists will be fulfilled. Cuba for the first time welcomed 4.2 million travelers in 2016.

Alonso spoke at the XII International Seminar on Journalism and Tourism held at the International Institute of Journalism José Martí, in this capital, from June 26 through 30.

The official added that up to May the country has 67,669 hotel rooms and this year opened two new hotels, the Gran Manzana Kempinski in Havana and another in Varadero resort.

He explained that by the end of this year the island must reach 68 thousand 200 rooms, for a plan of 100 thousand by 2030.

At present, said the executive, there are 114 hotels under foreign management contract, 66.8 percent of the country’s total rooms.

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