Increase tourist arrivals to Cuba in the first half of 2010

Tuesday, 10 August 2010News
HAVANA, Cuba -- The arrival of tourists to Cuba from different countries reached 1,389,712 people, according to figures published on the website of the [National Statistics Office]( "National Statistics Office"), which meant a slight increase of 3,519 holidaymakers compared to the same period of 2009, though in June there was a decline of 0.6 percent. These results demonstrate the high level of quality that the entertainment industry reached in the Greater Antilles, that is still on the preference of tourists, despite the economic crisis of global scope. Among the most popular destinations for sun and beach keeps highlighting the resort of Varadero, in Matanzas province, which has a wide network of hotels and infrastructure necessary to provide careful attention to the visitors. International tourism is one of the major source of income for the Cuban state. Despite the global economic crisis, Cuba in 2009 reported a record in visitors arrivals of 2.4 million people, 3.5 percent more than last year. Cuba ranks ninth among tourists destinations in the American continent. ### This year is expected to outperform 2009 ### María Elena López, deputy minister of Tourism on the island, said during the recent International Tourism Studies Convention held in Havana, that they hope to close the year with better results than those of 2009 in terms of visitor arrivals. The deputy minister stressed that to achieve this goal, there are already new operations started with the opening of direct flights from Argentina and Brazil, and announced a similar operation with an airline in Japan.

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