Brasilia, Sep 2 (Prensa Latina) Brazilian tourism to Cuba has grown more than 60 percent in the first half of this year, compared to the same period in 2016, said Dagmar Gonzalez, economic adviser to the Cuban diplomatic mission here.
Between January and June, about 19,094 Brazilian holidaymakers traveled to Cuba, thus exceeding all expectations with a 60.9-percent increase, the official said at a meeting with tour operators, travel agents and airline representatives who promote Cuba as a tourist destination.
Gonzalez recalled that last year, Cuba received about 4,035,577 foreign visitors and that number is expected to increase by about 15 percent in 2017.
‘Cuba, a health for all destination’ was the main issue addressed during the meeting, at which the chargé d’affaires of the Cuban Embassy in Brazil, Ambassador Rolando Antonio Gomez, expressed gratitude for the support from those who made possible to achieve this result.
Gomez noted the preponderant influence of the tourism industry in Cuba, where it is the main sector of the economy, due to its multiplying nature. He also expressed interest in making Cuba’s scientific and medical achievements available to the Brazilian people.
We want to incorporate Brazil into the growing number of travelers interested in health tourism, said the ambassador, who listed some of the indicators that place Cuba on a par with the most developed countries, thanks to a system of primary healthcare to improve the people’s quality of life.
With regard to the facilities Cuba has today to develop this market, Dagmar Gonzalez explained that Comercializadora de Servicios Médicos de Cuba (CSMC) offers the possibility to participate in seven business areas.
CSMC runs 122 doctor’s offices in hotels, nine international clinics in the main tourist resorts, more than 800 beds in hospitals of excellence, four villas to treat addictions and two hot springs and medicinal spas.