Arrival of Tourists in Cuba Grows Significantly in October

HAVANA, Cuba, Dec 6 (acn) In October 187, 311 tourists arrived in Cuba, representing a growth of 11.5 percent over the same month of 2013, reported the Cuban National Bureau of Statistics and Information (ONEI).

This significant increase supports the expectations of the Ministry of Tourism (Tourism) that the 2014 winter season would be very favorable with respect to the previous year, and Cuba would achieve the longed figure of three million visitors at year´s end.

According to the report, from January to October two million 410,785 people traveled to Cuba, balance that exceeds by 4.3 percent what was recorded in that period of 2013.

Canada, which largely leads the list of main source of tourists to Cuba, in October grew by more than 14 percent, and increases by five per cent in the year to date, with 949,644 visitors.

That country is followed by Germany, England, Italy, France and Mexico as the markets from which the largest number of tourists comes to the Antillean archipelago.

With a 73.2 percent increase so far this year, Venezuela stands out among the fastest growing nations in the period, like China (29 percent) and Germany (15.5 percent), ONEI reported.

Of all tourists, six thousand 197 arrived aboard cruise ships to the Caribbean nation, a figure that should increase significantly between November 2014 and March 2015, a period in which Cuba will receive more than 200 entries of vessels.

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